ROAD TRIP REVIEW
by Drbbq (Ray Lampe)
I just got back from a really good road trip.
I started out by driving to Frankfort, Kentucky. I chose Frankfort so that I
would be in position to attend part of the 127 corridor yard sale. This is a
series of yard sales on route 127 and it goes through all of Kentucky, all of
Tennessee and part of Alabama. I saw 200 miles of it and I was not disappointed.
I thought that once I got away from the Interstate it wouldnít be a big deal.
Boy was I wrong. It was a constant string of yard sales. Some were mowed fields
with encampments of 20-30 vendors, many of these vendors were pretty smooth and
a long way from home. Other sales were much less formal, like a group of
neighbors just having sales on the same weekend. Still others were totally
impromptu, I saw a lady on the side of the road with some clothes folded and
sitting on the ground. If you enjoy looking at other peopleís junk you really
should try to make it to this sale. FYI I bought a great big platter, a nice big
copper saucepan, a small Le Creuset pan, an Edlund can opener and an empty Jack
Daniels bottle (a gift). I saw all kinds of interesting things, I think the most
out of place was a snowmobile. Probably didnít get much use in Tennessee.
Hereís their web address http://www.127sale.com/#benefit1
From there it was on to the Amaziní Blaziní
BBQ Cookoff in Lebanon, Tennessee. Iíve
probably been to a hundred cookoffs in a bunch of different places but I donít
think any of them have ever treated me as well as this one. Kristina McKee,
Wanda Bates and Mike Watkins are the nicest, hardest working contest organizers
I have ever seen. I donít mean to put anyone down, there are many real good
ones but these folks are the best. Anything you ask for you get and it comes
with a hug.
They gave us each a little Butler statue with
our team name on it, a handmade box carrier for those cold windy contests and a
good quality apron. Any of these would have been a nice gift. There was a goody
bag too, some local promotional stuff in a canvas bag. There were hamburgers on
Thursday night, catered dinner on Friday and continental breakfast on Saturday.
Saturday night they even got a bunch of chicken salad sandwiches for the hangers
on. They introduced every team for a bow at the awards ceremony. Iíve never
been to another contest where the cooks pitch in to buy a gift for the
organizers. It was presented at the awards.
You canít forget the award winning Wilson
County Fair that this cookoff is a part of and the great facility that comes
with it. Showers, 30amp electric and a really nice pavilion that serves as home
base throughout the contest. Did I mention 100% certified and experienced judges
and table captains? The only thing that was missing was the qualifying
proclamation from the Governor and they surprised us all by presenting it on
Friday night. I am a fan of these new big money RV Park contests but theyíll
never match the charm of this one. I canít imagine how, but Iíd bet those
girls are planning on making it better next year. Iíll see you there. BTW
Iíll be using my free entry that they raffled off at the cooks meeting.
The last leg of my trip was a visit to
Graceland. It is surely a piece of
American history. What struck me the most were the priceless items on display in
the museum areas. Can you imagine what that pink Caddy would sell for? What
about some of the movie clothes? Elvisí DEA badge? Priscillaís wedding
dress? Lisa Marieís high chair? Lots of really cool stuff to see. It was
actually less tacky than I was expecting. It isnít exactly run like Disneyland
but itís worth the $25 for the whole tour.
On a scale of 1-10 Iíll give this trip a 10.