Adam Boyer, right, with the East Greenville Fire Company team, "Smoke Showing," serves up ribs to the public during the People's Choice competition held Friday night.
Mother Nature may have sent a few showers our way last Friday and Saturday but that didn’t stop the grillers from grilling, the eaters from eating or the visitors from visiting the 2013 edition of the Smoke in the Valley BBQ competition. For the second year in a row, more than 2,000 people and nearly 60 competitors attended the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned contest.
The quest for barbeque bragging rights, and prizes, began Friday as hundreds of people began infiltrating Green Lane’s Isaac Smith Park in a culinary quest for the best ribs – grilled to perfection in the competitor’s traveling kitchens. The number of visitors signing up to judge Friday night’s “People’s Choice” contest exceeded all expectations. It was an early indication that the event would have another successful year.
A carnival-like atmosphere greeted those who meandered through an assortment of vendors and displays and made their way to the food court where they lined up to enjoy merchants’ ribs, pork and chicken.
Friday night’s shower arrived just as the early folks were leaving and the late folks were arriving. After hunkering down till the downburst moved on, people emerged from their temporary shelters to enjoy the smooth blues tunes offered up by the Little Red Rooster Blues Band....