By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Ribslayer team wins competition

Ribslayer BBQ to Go, a barbecue team including Craig and Theresa Haagenson of Carlton and named for their Ribslayer business in downtown McMinnville, won the grand championship in an American Culinary Federation barbecue competition held in Tualatin.

Eight teams competed in the professional division, and Ribslayer won the division title on its way to the grand championship. The event was sponsored by the Oregon Beef Council, which asked the teams to prepare cuts of beef — brisket, ribs and tri-tip.

The Ribslayer team was sponsored by the EcoPro Realty Group. Joining the Haagensons on the team were Donald Cox and Tyler Finney. Cox served as team leader and Craig Haagenson as team captain.

Haagenson said the competition came on the heels of Turkey Rama, where he operated a barbecue venue, and a wedding he catered.

He said some teams arrived late, so serving times were delayed. He said that forced his team to move the meat on and off the grill in order to have it just right at judging time.

In addition, he said, he had to cook hot dogs in the middle of the competition, and had to wait until the title game concluded in the World Cup soccer tournament to begin dishing up meat for the judges.

When the Ribslayer team was announced as the overall winner, the Haagenson got a chance to hoist the trophy aloft. "It was an absolutely amazing feeling," Craig Haagenson said.

The championship trophy will remain on display at Ribslayer's downtown venue, at 575 N.E. Second St. until next year's competition. Haagenson said he expects his team to return to defend its title.

Each member of the team also received a personal trophy, he said.



Six Yamhill County non-profits will be splitting nearly $10,000 in grants awarded by First Federal as part of the bank's community giving program.

The bank has awarded $3,321 to A Family Place Relief Nursery, operated by Lutheran Community Services Northwest, to purchase of kitchen equipment at its new Newberg location; $2,000 to the Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission in McMinnville to purchase a printer it can use for newsletters; $1,429 to St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen to purchase food for its food bank; and $1,000 each to George Fox University of Newberg to help fund the 16th annual Serve Day, set for Wednesday, Sept. 3; Grand Sheramina Community Resources of Sheridan to purchase food for its food pantry; and Joseph's Storehouse in Carlton, also to purchase food for its food pantry.

"We are happy to support these organizations with their community efforts," said Rene' Bittle, executive vice president and chief savings officer.

The bank makes awards quarterly. The deadline for the next set of applications is Friday, Oct. 31. Form can be foud at

First Federal is based in McMinnville. It operates branches in Amity, Carlton, Newberg and Sheridan, and on Baker Creek Road on McMinnville's west side. For more information, call 503-472-6171. 



The annual Colvin Ford Cruise-In will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, on the lawn at Joe Dancer Park, 1650 E. Brooks St., McMinnville.

Registration will run 9 to 11 a.m., judging from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The entry fee is $10.

There will be 16 categories. Trophies will awarded to the 16 category winners, as well as winners of the Best of Show and People's Choice awards.

The event will feature concessions, live music and free admission. For more information, call 503-376-9213.



Teams of interns from the McMinnville Works program will be painting and revitalizing the five kiosks located along downtown's historic Third Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 30.

The 21 interns will prep and paint the structures in a collaborative effort between the internship program, the sponsoring McMinnville Economic Development Partnership and the McMinnville Downtown Association.

For the last nine weeks, the interns have been working in a paid, full-time capacity with local local businesses. Their term runs through Aug. 15.

In addition to hands-on work experience and networking opportunities, the interns have been participating in career development workshops. For more information, visit



Two therapy llamas from the nonprofit Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas of Vancouver, Washington, will be featured in a free "Llama Luau" at the Parkland Village Retirement Community. It is set for 1 to 3 p.m. on the Parkland grounds at 3121 N.E. Cumulus Ave.

The llamas, which have appeared in fashion shows in the past, will be dressed in their summer finest, their owners say. And they always have plenty of kisses to give.

They will be joined by an Elvis impersonator and a Hawaiian shaved ice vendor. For more information, contact Katherine Lancaster at or 503-435-1499.



In addition to rodeo events, the Ram Rodeo Series, in action at the Cascade Steel Arena during the Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo, will feature the 2014 lineup of Ram pickups from McMinnville's Jim Doran Auto Center.

Shows will be held nightly at 6:30 from Wednesday, July 30, through Friday, Aug. 1. A drawing will be held for a the chance to win $45,000 toward purchase of any eligible Chrysler group vehicle.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Lower City Park for Coastal Mountain Springs. Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Sherwin Williams, 2508 Portland Road.

Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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