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Miss. lawmakers competing in charity cook-off

bbqJACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are competing in a barbecue-versus-catfish cook-off to raise money for veterans’ groups.

The competition takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Mississippi Farmers Market near the state fairgrounds in downtown Jackson. It’s open to the public.

Two senators who own restaurants, Democrat Willie Simmons of Cleveland and Republican Tony Smith of Picayune, will cook barbecue. The catfish cooks are two Republican House members, William Shirley of Quitman, who owns a fish restaurant; and Charles Busby of Pascagoula.

Money raised at the event will go to Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships to relatives of veterans killed or disabled in service; and Hunts for Heroes, which provides hunting opportunities for disabled veterans.

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