|I was pleased to say Congrats to Bob of Two Old Men & A Grill for winning his 9th? Grand Champion KCBS Title this year. I lost count. He's the first one who greeted us in Shelby, NC|
I recently took my trip to Shelby, North Carolina to the ORIGINAL Hog Happnin' to learn hard from organizers Joyce and Jerry Gardner. Ironically, Bob from Two Old Men and a Grill was the very first friendly face I had met. He greeted me when I arrived and talked to me about Barbecue galore. Suffice to say, he was the Grand Champion. Congrats to you my new friend!
|Wife made me stop to snap this photo going into Shelby. The back roads are long and windy, and the cotton fields are amazing.|
I wanted to learn all about the other side of life as it pertains to the Kansas City Barbeque Society side of festivals. The KCBS calls it the Organizer Training. I call it Priceless Enlightenment. I did this because of my HoggingUp festival coming up next June. Sure, I have been participating in and even helping some festivals for 30 years, but what makes a KCBS one different? What do competitors want? What do they need? What makes them tick? What is the judging all about? What makes a good festival for them? What makes Joyce and Jerry's so successful each year? Why do judges drive half way across the country to judge barbecue (unpaid)? I was amazed at the answers and learned so much. The dedication, commitment, and expertise of all involved makes these type things come together in a miraculous way.
|The old metal North Carolina sign now lines a truck bed. Upcycling at it's finest. Photos of the truck to come in the days to follow.|
|Thanks for reading.|