If attending barbecue cook offs and determining who has mastered their pork that day sounds like your idea of a good time, then becoming a Southern BBQ Network judge is a no-brainer. The organization is holding a judge training class on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Summerville Masonic Lodge in Summerville.

To judge SBN barbecue contests, you need to become a certified barbecue judge, which only takes one class. In it, participants will learn about how to gauge barbecue based on appearance, texture, aroma, and taste and covers barbecue of the pork, chicken, or beef varieties.

The class is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a barbecue lunch. The class is $25 per person, and a membership fee (required to judge) is $17.50 per person or $30 for a couple.

Register for the class at sbbqn.com.

JackSon’s Southern Kitchen Owner Faces Tax Trouble

The popular Southern buffet in West Columbia is currently closed after owner Jeremy Chavis was charged with four counts of tax evasion for allegedly not reporting nearly $2.7 million in sales, according to the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

Signs on the restaurant door say that the closing is due to unforeseen circumstances and that they hope to reopen as soon as possible.

Paddle, Then Pint

Who doesn’t love a good dose of sweat with their beer, to really give that feeling of accomplishment and to make you feel like you deserve it (you always deserve it, though)? Getting exercise followed by craft beer is a trend that’s been on the rise with pint-and-pose yoga classes, jogging pub crawls, and other ways to combine exercise with light drinking.

Paddling on the river can seem like a daunting task at first. Where do you put the boats in? Where do you even get the boats from? Who will show you where to stay away from the scary rapids? All of those concerns and more are removed at Saluda Shoals’ Pint and Paddle night on Friday, Sept. 7. Participants meet at Saluda Shoals and get outfitted by guides who take a group of paddlers down the lower Saluda towards the backside of the dam, where you can see views you’ve likely never seen before from the vantage point of a kayak in the middle of the river. As the sun dips in the sky and it cools off, you’ll be grateful, as that’s when you’ll really start to feel the slight muscle burn from the paddling.

After a good hour of paddling and floating on the water, with a guide pointing out interesting sights and wildlife overhead or on the shoreline, it’s time to disembark and hang out on a riverside deck to enjoy some craft beer from a selection curated by Doug Aylard of Vino Garage.

Paddling begins at 5:30 p.m. at Saluda Shoals Park and is $37 per person. All attendees must be over the age of 21. Reservations can be made online at cognitoforms.com/ICRCEVENTS/PaddleAndPint.

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