May 27, 2007

I just wanted to make a quick mention of the great success for the Inaugural D’Arbonne BBQ Fest and Louisiana State BBQ Cook-off at Lake D’Arbonne State Park this holiday weekend.
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With little time to really promote the Inaugural BBQ Festival, something to do with the State Legislature, organizer Horace Kitchens was a little overwhelmed by the great response by BBQ aficionados and the public for the brand new event. However, Mr. Horace was well prepared with a great crew of volunteers that kept the event moving smoothly. Even more overwhelming is the evidence that the Festival will likely double in size next year.

The two-day event included different children’s activities to include a “rock-climbing wall”, live music from various bands and DJ’s, a street dance, arts and crafts of all kinds, and some of the best BBQ I have ever tasted, cooked on some of the sharpest looking cooking rigs you would ever expect to see. My personal favorite was sporting some chrome stacks that would have looked good on any Peterbilt.

The contestants for the State Championship Cook-off came from all regions of Louisiana with a generous sprinkling of contestants from Texas. And, if you ever had it in your mind to become a competitive “BBQer”, you could have talked with Doug and Carole Ritter of Ritter’s BBQ in Point, Texas, a dealer for Backwoods Smokers. Backwood Smokers carries four World Championships. I can’t say whether it was the cook or the cooker, but the sample of brisket Carole had me taste was as good as it gets. Likely, it was a combination of both.

More reporting on this event will be coming that will include all the winners of the cook-off, and the conversations with a number of various candidates for various public offices, state and local, to include the Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, Representative Mike Walsworth. Mike explained his greatest efforts have been going to keep the spendthrifts in the Legislature from spending all of that nearly FOUR BILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS building a legacy for our “Geauxing” Governor. This voter would prefer that all that money get put under the signature of the next Governor, Bobby Jindal.

Also, upcoming will be a report on the Memorial Day celebrations at the American Legion Hall in Monroe, LA later today, where you can bet the politicians will be lining up to have their pictures taken with the Next Governor of Louisiana, U.S Congressman Bobby Jindal. I will be elbowing my way in to hopefully get some answers to some pending questions. More on that later, too, but for now, I have to get going.

Please, fly your Flag this Memorial Day and gives thanks to the heroes that made your holiday possible. Those honored sacrificed the most of all Americans and contributed the most to your Freedom.





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