For the third consecutive year, Paris Steak Wars broke its record, raising a total of $87,675 for the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley.
This year, the annual event held April 7 and 8, stretched over 91,000 square feet with more than 2500 in attendance.
The event has quickly become a favorite to locals and visitors from all across the region looking to enjoy prime music and a rare chance to taste steak from each and every cook-off team.
This year, the Iron Communities Board, which plans the event, continued to spice things up by adding in more cook-off teams, a mechanical bull, and expanding the event’s footprint by almost double the real estate.
“We knew this would be a highly attended event after the 50 early-bird tickets sold out in less than an hour,” said board Treasurer Brittany Barney-Burns. “However, we were completely blown away by the overall attendance, sponsors, partners, vendors, and contributions made to make it a success.”
More than 1900 tickets were sold in total, with an estimated 2,500 in attendance, more than doubling the sales of 2022.
Live on the Full Blast Stage were artists Common Ground, Philip Nance, Sons of Fannin and Michael O’Neal as well as Meredith Puckett, who sang the National Anthem.
All proceeds from the event were given directly to the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley for the third year in a row.
“The Boys and Girls Club of Red River Valley is so very thankful to South Main Iron and their continued support of our efforts with the annual Steak Wars fundraiser,” said Lydia Fitzgerald.
“The Boys and Girls Club continues to expand its services and outreach to the youth of Lamar County. We have seen exponential growth and enrollment in our programs. Without dedicated sponsors and contributors such as South Main Iron, we would not be able to expand our services and reach to our children in the community. We are truly thankful for all the hard work that goes into an event such as Paris Steak Wars, and we definitely look forward to a continued tradition of fundraising and great fellowship with South Main Iron.”
Paris Steak Wars, with the help of the Iron Communities Board, South Main Iron, Sponsors, Partners and attendees, have raised a total of $87,675 for the Boys and Girls Club.
“We are so proud of Paris Steaks Wars and so proud of our community and local businesses for supporting events like these,” said Iron Communities Board President Kris Estep. “We are grateful to have the means to be able to do this for the Boys and Girls Club. They will use the funds to do great things for our local kids. We hope to see you all next year!”
Paris Steak Wars will return for the fourth year on April 5-6, 2024. Stay tuned for updated information at parissteakwars.com.