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Midwest Ford Dealers Become Inaugural Sponsor of the National BBQ Hall of Fame at the American Royal

The Midwest Ford Dealers Celebrate 2012 Inductees: Henry Ford, Johnny Trigg, and Guy Fieri
The American Royal Association announced today that Midwest Ford Dealers is the inaugural sponsor of the first class of inductees to the National Barbecue Hall of Fame℠ at the American Royal and the formal induction ceremony, which will take place on the main stage of the World Series of Barbecue® on October 6th. 
The National Barbecue Hall of Fame℠ inductees have demonstrated a crowning achievement in barbecue excellence. The Business/Industry category inductee, Henry Ford, is being recognized for turning wood scraps from the production of Model T's into charcoal briquettes and forming the Kingsford Charcoal company. The Pitmaster category inductee, Johnny Trigg, is known as the “Godfather of BBQ” and is one of the featured personalities on TLC’s hit barbecue show the BBQ Pitmasters. The Celebrity/Humanitarian category inductee, Guy Fieri, has been a pitmaster with the Motley Que Crew competition barbecue team and is host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.
“We welcome Midwest Ford Dealers as the sponsor of the first class of the barbecue industry’s greatest contributors and ambassadors to be inducted into the National Barbecue Hall of Fame℠ at its new home at the American Royal,” said Bob Petersen, American Royal President & CEO. “The World Series of Barbecue® is the nation’s largest annual barbecue event, so it is only fitting that these inductees be honored and celebrated while the spotlight is on the world of barbecue during the American Royal.”
“We are proud to sponsor the National Barbecue Hall of Fame℠ and are honored that Ford Motor company’s founder, Henry Ford, is being recognized alongside other remarkable individuals for their contributions to the world of barbecue,” said Mark Smith, Chairman of the Midwest Ford Dealers Advertising Association, Inc. “We look forward to celebrating this historical moment with the many thousands of fans at the annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® event and with barbecue enthusiasts for years to come.”
The National Barbecue Hall of Fame℠ currently has seven members. Industry greats who were inducted prior to the American Royal becoming the official home of the National Barbecue Hall of Fame℠ include: Rich Davis, Fred Gould, Speed Herrig, Mike Mills, Carolyn Wells, Gary Wells and John Willingham. All past inductees will be included in the induction ceremony and the celebration of the new home of the National Barbecue Hall of Fame℠ at the American Royal.
The American Royal World Series of Barbecue® will be returning for the 33rd year to the historic West Bottoms during October 4-7. This year promises to be another success with great food, live entertainment, fireworks and plenty of family fun Saturday in the Kid’s Korral. Check www.americanroyal.com for the latest barbecue event news and announcements.
About the American Royal
The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2011, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs.

Press Contact:
Jeremy Povenmire
(816) 569-4047
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