Boots and barbecue grilling for a good cause |

Boots and barbecue grilling for a good cause

Jarid Shipley
Appeal Staff Writer
Kevin Clifford/Nevada Appeal Sandi Smith and her uncle Jack Smith tango to the music of David John and the Comstock Cowboys during the eighth annual Boot Scootin' BBQ at Fuji Park on Saturday night.

Reckon they came to kick up their heels and have a good time, all for a good cause.

The likes of Miss Kitty, Peaches, Cookie, Spurs and Buck-a-Luck made appearances at the eighth annual Boot Scootin’ BBQ on Saturday night at the Fuji Park exhibition hall in Carson City.

Guests clad in boots, spurs and an assortment of western attire turned out for the fundraising event sponsored by the Coldwell Banker Best Sellers.

“It’s just wonderful to see people come out and give back to good causes in the community,” said Sandi Smith, event co-chair.

The barbecue raises money for several local nonprofit organizations including Advocates to End Domestic Violence, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Gardeners Reclaiming Our Waysides, Meals on Wheels, Safe Grad Night for Carson and Dayton high schools, and the William Bendle Benefit.

Guests enjoyed barbecue provided by the Carson City BBQ Company, danced to the tunes of the Comstock Cowboys and bid on items in the silent and live auctions.

Phil Hyatt, chief cook for Carson City BBQ Company, said the catering company brought 200 pounds each of ribs, chicken and tri-tip along with 50 gallons of beans and 450 dinner rolls.

“This is our first year doing it and they brought us in because we have a strong local following and people enjoy our food,” said Hyatt.

Comstock Cowboys lead singer David John said the band looks forward to participating in the annual event.

“We’ve been doing it for the last three or four years. It’s a good cause and we believe in it so it’s fun for us,” said John.

Between trips on the dance floor and journeys to the bar, revelers could bid on everything from gift baskets and paintings to a new barbecue grill or a record signed by country-music star Randy Travis.

Smith said they hoped to raise more than $20,000 from the event and expected between 350 to 375 people to come through the doors.

But, Smith said the six months it takes to plan the barbecue are worth it when it all comes together.

“There are so many organizations that step up and donate to the barbecue and that’s really what makes it a success,” said Smith.

– Contact reporter Jarid Shipley at or 881-1217.