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Shapley wrote:My family and I went to Paducah, Kentucky Saturday. They were having their Barbeque Festival, or 'Fat Fest' as I called it. Barbeque is only one of the things on the menu. There were deep-fried Twinkies, deep-fried Oreos, fried Ice-Cream, fried pies, and so on. It seems that once those Kentuckians get the deep-fat frier going, they don't shut it down until they are out of batter. Anything in the pantry gets doused in batter and thrown in the oil.
There were many different barbeque tents set up for this annual shindig, with a final judging of the barbeque on Saturday night. All of the money raised by the selling of the foodstuffs goes to various non-profit organizations. It seemed as if every church in Paducah had a tent set up selling barbeque or some other concession. Many had more permanent-looking structures of plywood, obviously set up each year for this. The Paducah Symphony Orchestra had a biergarten set up to raise funds for their organization.
There was all sorts of food-on-a-stick as well. We had the Belgian-Waffle-on-a-Stick-Dipped-In-Fudge, called a Fudge Puppy, whihc was quite good. I think a local High School set up that particular concession. A guy dressed as Elvis was cooking them. I still haven't figured out the connection between Elvis and Belgian Waffles, but I guess there's one somewhere. We also sampled a fried Twinkie and a fried Oreo. They were actually pretty good, but the Twinkie was a bit too messy for my liking. We didn't eat lunch, even though the smell of all that barbeque was tempting, because we had other plans.
There was live music, but it was a bit loud for my liking. The weather was excellent.
While we were there, we journeyed down to Kentucky Lake to visit my 'daughter' Tenacity, still tied to the pier. I haven't had the opportunity to get down there but once this year, and spent my day bailing her out then. She seemed to be floating well Saturday. I'm hoping to get a chance to sail her at least once before the weather turns too cold, but the schedule doesn't look hopeful.
We stopped at Patti's 1880 Settlement in Grand Rivers (between Kentuck and Barkley Lakes) to have lunch. The food was really good (as always). We walked along the lake after eating, then headed back to Paducah. We had tickets to see Bill Engvall (of Blue-Collar Comedy fame) at Paducah's Carson Center. It was an enjoyable show. Afterwards, we took a walk through the Barbeque fest again. It was more crowded then, but they were already taking down some of the tents.
All in all, it was a pleasant wat to spend a Saturday.
I see he is still in business. I passed by his coal facility there at Grand Rivers on the way to see my 'daughter'. I'm not familiar with him or his company personally, except to know that it is a big operation.
Stacy's Lounge sounds familiar. I think I've been there.
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