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Smoke in the Valley BBQ Competition a Winner for Green Lane
Written by Article submitted by the Green Lane Fire Company BBQ Committee.

Large crowd takes advantage of fun event and fine weather

        One of the largest crowds to gather in the Upper Perkiomen Valley came to Green Lane last Friday and Saturday as more than 2,000 visitors congregated in Isaac Smith Park in Green Lane for the fourth annual Smoke in the Valley BBQ Competition and Festival. The event concluded Saturday under starry skies after two fun-filled days of food, vendors, music and 54 of the best BBQ teams in the Northeast.
        Lo’-N’-Slo BBQ were the grand champions again this year, winning their third title in four years. Red Lion Spicy Food was the winner of the People’s Choice contest sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats. Along with the main four categories typical in a grand champion competition, several teams participated in the chef’s choice and dessert competition on Friday. There were also 20 teams that participated and cooked Hatfield ribs for the consumption of visitors who arrived early and registered to be judges on Friday night. 
        As the judging for the main competition was being concluded in the massive judge’s tent on Saturday, a ceremony honoring Captain Sam Johnson of the USMC was held on Saturday afternoon. Ladder trucks were provided by Pennsburg Fire Company and Fort Washington Fire Company for a flag draped entrance into the park. The Mayor of Green Lane introduced Captain Sam Johnson, USMC, who was presented with commendations from Senator Bob Mensch, Representative Marcy Toepel and Green Lane Borough.
        Commander John Cramsey, of the 9th District of the Sons of the American Legion, who organized the arrival of Captain Johnson, presented him with a Challenge Coin. Captain Sam Johnson is currently an Inspector-Instructor of Battery I, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment as well as Commanding Officer of the Battery, located in Allentown and Reading. He dedicates his spare time to the Keystone Wounded Warrior Foundation.
        The 1st Annual Car Show, sponsored by Hager Plumbing & Heating, had a wide variety of vehicles including trucks, cars, motorcycles and miniature vehicles. The winner sported a beautiful 1937 Ford Cabriolet proudly owned by Gerald Hager.
        At the end of the day on Saturday, The Mango Men closed the show with great music and dancing for all ages.
        Next year’s Fifth Annual Smoke in the Valley BBQ Competition and Festival will be held on May 10 and 11, 2013.

Members of team Flavor File, from Green Lane, left to right: Rob Carpenter, Jeff Hoffman and Benjamin Foore put the fiishing touches on their pork brisket entry.

Bob Walls shows off a box of barbecued beef brisket to the judges of the event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

Cars started lining up on Walnut Street in Green Lane on Saturday afternoon for a car show at the barbeque event.

State Representative Marcy Toepel presents a Pennsylvania State flag and commendation to Captain Sam Johnson, USMC, of Alburtis, who was honored for his service.

Jim Brazill of the Smoke or be Smoked team sits among a variety of cooking grills making caramel for the team's dessert entry in the Friday night's dessert competition.





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