Bluegrass, BBQ whack draws attendees from nearby and far

January 10, 2016 - bbq set

The brisket went on during 5, butts during 6 and duck and ribs during 9 and 9:30.

“If we wanna eat early, we gotta start early,” Caves said, laughing.

Caves, 48, of Narcoossee, competed in Lake Alfred’s Bluegrass BBQ Bash Saturday during Lions Park. But a eventuality meant some-more to Caves than cooking and competing – it meant he had an eventuality to best his stepdad.

“He’s perplexing to kick me,” pronounced Tim Canada, 67, of Narcoossee, adding that they started competing opposite any other about a year ago.

Caves, who runs Smokin Pokin, has won awards for his barbeque, though Canada, who runs Two Crackers Cooking, was a grand champion during final year’s barbeque foe in Lake Alfred.

“I didn’t contest opposite him final year,” Canada said.

“I wish we can whoop his butt,” Caves said, smiling.

While a vendors prepared to be judged by Bricks and Sticks BBQ Association, attendees lounged in grass chairs and listened to live bluegrass music. A white tent was set adult on a shores of Lake Alfred, and hundreds collected around a theatre to applause and sing along to informed nation tunes.

The barbeque foe is generally hold during Lions Park, though a plcae was new for a Bluegrass Bash, pronounced Richard Weed, a executive of Lake Alfred’s Parks and Recreation. Weed pronounced a venue altered “worked unequivocally well.”

“The healthy slope of a park is like track seating,” he said.

This is a initial year a city has total a dual biggest events: a Jan Bluegrass Bash and a Oct BBQ competition. Weed pronounced it done clarity to filigree a dual events into one given they’re “kind of synonymous.”

“It’s been a success,” Weed said. “It’s all for a village and citizens.”

Lloyd and Rhonda Beeby of Polk City pronounced they stopped by a eventuality “just for a heck of it.”

“It incited out to be a flattering interesting, relaxed scene,” Lloyd Beeby said.

Both were astounded a city offering it to a village during no cost. Lloyd Beeby works as a theatre technician during The Lakeland Center and pronounced he accepted how many income and work went into environment adult an eventuality of that size.

He pronounced a fact that it was giveaway was a “beautiful thing.”

Polk County residents weren’t a usually ones to attend a Bash. Ellie and Jim Crowell came all a approach from Nova Scotia.

The couple, who are members of a Soggy Bottom Bluegrass Bunch, lives in Zephyrhills 6 months out of a year so they can expostulate their engine home to all a bluegrass festivals in Florida. They’ve been roving to a United States for song festivals for a past 15 years.

Jim Crowell plays a guitar, mandolin and fiddle as a hobby, so he and his mother knew many of a musicians during Saturday’s Bash.

“Musicians are a family,” Ellie Crowell said. “We have lots of fun.”

As for a father-son rivalry, conjunction Caves nor Canada won grand champion this year. That pretension went to Kick Yo’ Butt BBQ, Weed said.

“Between me and Dad, he got initial in ribs, and we got third in chicken,” Caves said. “Overall, Dad got sixth place, and we got fifth place.”

“So we kick him,” Caves said, laughing.

— Kaitlyn Pearson can be reached during or 863-802-7516. Follow her on Twitter @KR_Pearson.

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