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Seventh Annual “Smoke in the Valley” BBQ was Hot
Written by Larry Roeder Editor

Rick Krupp, with the barbeque team "Smoke Showing" from East Greenville, sprays racks of ribs with an apple-flavored juice before serving them for the people's choice judging Friday night at the Smoke in the Valley barbeque competition.

        With the exception of a gray Saturday morning sky and a brief shower that ended before the festivities began, the weather was perfect for the seventh annual Smoke in the Valley BBQ competition and festival in Green Lane.

        The Friday night and all-day Saturday event drew a record-breaking crowd of over 5,000 visitors who came to savor the smell and taste the decadent assortment of BBQ ribs, chicken and pork, along with ice cream, water ice and many other finger-licking-good foods offered by more than a half-dozen vendors.

        All proceeds benefitted the Green Lane Volunteer Fire Company.

        Visitors came to stroll among 34 vendor booths of products, service organizations and others, mostly local, in the shade of giant maple trees in Green Lane's Isaac Smith Park.  Many lined up to see the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion racecar and take a turn testing their driving skills in the race-car simulator.

        Attendees had the opportunity to sample a host of treats that included BBQ sauces, vinegars, wines from local wineries and, of course, lots of barbequed goodies.

        The fine weather ushered in a successful Cruise Night on Friday for classic cars and a successful car show on Saturday, putting dozens of cars and trucks on display to the delight of festival-goers.

        In the BBQ competition, more than 50 teams put forth their best chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket as they vied for a piece of the $8,500 in prize money and bragging rights in 10 categories.  Competitors begin smoking their entries on Friday with judging taking place on Saturday.  Judging was performed by certified Kansas City Barbeque Society judges. 

        This year's top five overall winners were: Blazin Buttz BBQ of Long Island, NY; Rhode Hog BBQ, of Cumberland RI; Lo'-N-Slo' BBQ, of New Providence, PA; The BBQ Guru of Warminster, PA; and Hawg Nation of Phoenixville, PA.

        With the end of a successful 2015 event in the record books, the volunteers of the Green Lane Fire Company's BBQ committee have already begun planning for the eighth annual Smoke in the Valley BBQ competition and festival, with an eye towards topping their 2015 record-breaking effort.





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