People for a Better Atkins (PBA) met for their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 1 with President Charlia Pack presiding over the meeting. Topics on the agenda included a wrap-up discussion for the annual Atkins Pickle Festival and tentative plans for the Chili Cook-off in the fall.

Overall there was a slightly lower turn out for the event compared to last year, but was still considered a success with the Pickle Festival bringing in approximately $9,000 in revenue for PBA. Treasurer Richard Pierce added during his officer report that the Pickle Fest Beauty Pageant had fewer entries than last year but still did quite well.

For the annual Chili Cook-off in October, members proposed coordinating with Atkins High School to having the Chili Cook-off on a Friday night home game. Another suggestion was for the group to look into teaming up with the Red Devil Foundation to help support the new group.

“We’re looking to get more people involved and make it to more of a tailgate type event,” said Pack. Sponsorships and creating t-shirts for the event were also discussed.

Yard of the Month was not voted on for the month of June.

PBA’s next meeting will be at the Atkins Depot on Thursday, August 3 at 7 p.m.