A Bar-ber-Que Father’s Day celebration

_Editor’s Note: This article has been clarified from a previous version to indicate that William Jones owns Rose & Taylor Barber and Beauty along with his wife Carla._

In celebration of this year’s Father’s Day, Champaign’s Rose & Taylor Barber Shop and Beauty hosted the “Bar-ber-Que Cook-Off” on Saturday to honor fathers from the whole community.

Families came to enjoy the sunny weather and grilled pork and chicken throughout the afternoon and evening. At one point, the event’s participants tasted the grilled foods and chose the food they deemed best.

The person who cooked the best grilled food was rewarded a prize presented by the barber shop. The event was also filled with games for children, volleyball and a raffle for people to celebrate the time with their families and celebrate their fathers.

“Each year has been bigger, so we are looking forward to the upcoming year,” said William Jones, who owns Rose & Taylor Barber and Beauty along with his wife Carla. “Also, we want to thank the University of Illinois that has been a part of it. We have a lot of faculty, students and athletics to get service and we are blessed with having the relationships with the University of Illinois.”

Lashaunda Cunningham, an employee of the University’s student affairs, said the event is nice for families to come by and to spend time together. Cunningham’s family was there to cheer on her husband and father who were barbecuing food and were there with hopes to win the barbecue tasting event.

“I think the event is wonderful and a great day for families to enjoy,” Cunningham said.

Chris Williams, the event coordinator and master stylist at the Rose & Taylor Barber Shop, said the event is about giving an opportunity for families to honor their fathers.

“Fathers do not really get good recognition for being fathers, a lot of the time they get a bad rep,” Williams said.

He also said this event was held to thank the customers of the barber shop and the entire community.

“At the same time, we want to appreciate our customers, which happen to be, in majority, men,” Williams said. “We just wanted to let everyone know all in one big whoop that we appreciate you, and Happy Father’s Day.”