WAUSAU - A lot of barbecue chefs think they make the best ribs in the country. To find out who's barbecue is above the rest, a group of judges tasted lots of ribs at Rib Fest in Wausau.
Each chef had to submit their best ribs and sauce for judging. The judges didn't know who's ribs the were eating to keep the competition fair. Each rack of ribs was judges on color, tenderness, and flavor. Some of the judges were excited to taste all of the different ribs.
"I like judging the ribs. The ribs tasted really good. I like that I got the best ribs from all of the places," said Aiden Rasmussen, one of the judges.
The judges had a hard time picking the winner. That's because each chef has won many different awards for their ribs. Some of the judges had to decide which one was their favorite based on the sauce.
"It [had] a lot of meat on the bone but it was just really meaty. The sauce wasn't as sweet," said Rasmussen.
Many of the chefs will be back again next year to try to win the title of best ribs in Wausau.
RHINELANDER - For the last seven months, salesmen at Rhinelander's Slumberland Furniture worked in a dark, cramped warehouse. After crews tore down the old building on Stevens Street, crews were busy building a new building on the old one's footprint. That work took longer than expected, but the new Slumberland will open Saturday.
Newswatch 12 got a walk-through with the owner and store manager Friday. The new building is 19,000 square feet, offering about 2,000 sq.-ft. more than the old showroom. The new building features a more open layout with raised ceilings.
ANTIGO - Messages of support have been pouring in throughout the state since the prom shooting tragedy in Antigo.
Two Antigo women are continuing to support the community by collecting donations not only for the family of the shooting victim, but for the family of the shooter as well.
You can find a box at the Thirsty Soul in Antigo where people are placing words of encouragement, cash, and gift cards for the Wagner and Cooper families.
Lisa Sennholz is a mother of two Antigo High School students. Her son was at prom the night of the shooting. After that night, Lisa knew that something had to be done.
"My first instinct was to do something, to actually reach out and help in some way," said Sennholz. "And I said, I just feel like we need to ask the community to rally around these families and give support."
Lisa and Diane Kondrath, the owner of the Thirsty Soul, originally just hoped to collect cards of encouragement for both the Cooper family and the Wagner family. Soon, they began to collect gift cards and other monetary donations.
"I am overwhelmed with how many people have come in, and cared for both families equally," said Kondrath.
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