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Rain Fails to Deter Smoke-In-The-Valley Competitors
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

The Ferguson family, of Finns Finest BBQ team, pose with their Grand Championship Cup and trophy as winners of the 2016 Green Lane Fire Company's Smoke-in-The-Valley BBQ competition.  The team hails out of Middletown, Delaware.

        The gray sky and rainy weather may have put a damper on the plans of many folks last Friday and Saturday, but the more than 50 competitors vying for top honors in the eighth annual Smoke-in-the-Valley BBQ competition weren't deterred.

        For more years than not, the volunteers of the Green Lane Fire Company have faced the muddy challenge of holding the popular competition in less than desirable conditions.  But, according to many competitors, they do so with success while facing a laundry-list of adversities, courtesy of Mother Nature.

        Many took to social media to commend the volunteers on their efforts to stage another successful competition.

        They do so with the support, and sometimes annoyance of neighbors.  The event is a major fund-raiser for the fire company who, along with the people of Green Lane, are beneficiaries of the park's namesake, Isaac Smith.

        Smith deeded the land for the park jointly to the Green Lane Fire Company and borough in 1934.  He constructed a water reservoir, with a 1,400-foot pipeline to Main Street, which was used by the borough for fire protection. 

        It was written that "His acts of benevolence to his town are conspicuous examples of a high order of civic pride that knows not self, but has the welfare of the town and the citizens as its chief characteristic."  Along with being a long-time borough official, Smith was one of the organizers of the fire company back in 1918.

        The BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and last month Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe issued a proclamation declaring the competition an officially recognized state championship.

        This year's overall winner was Finn's Finest BBQ followed by The BBQ Guru and Lo'-N-Slo' BBQ.  Winners are entitled to go on to compete nationally.

        With the competition over, the cleanup and grounds restoration will continue until Isaac Smith Park returns to its pre-BBQ condition while the volunteers hope that sunshine will return for the event in 2017.





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