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June 7, 2011

Pt. Reyes Station Western Weekend

The forecast was for scattered showers, the outdoor event was Pt. Reyes Station's Western Weekend.
We lucked out, the sky didn't even shed a drop.

Western Weekend is all about an annual parade through town at noon, which lasts at least one hour.

It's also about Marin County Farm Bureau's chicken barbecue.  Normally we barbecue the chicken off site and then drive it in, but this year, MCFB board member and good friend, John Taylor rallied up a bunch of portable bbq's and a cook crew so we could barbecue the chicken right there in downtown.

Driving into town that morning at 10a.m., the aroma of bbq chicken filled the entire downtown area.  It was so nice doing all the barbecuing at the actual venue.

The chicken was finished and being steamed in pots before the parade began.

Perfect.  My kids were HUNGRY so they were able to eat before the parade began.

Then we walked over and watched the parade coming down main street.

Pt. Reyes-Olema 4-H Club put together this cute float....all about baking.

As they passed the judges booth, they stopped and served them cookies and milk.

They won 1st place for their float {and efforts}.

Chloe even enjoyed her first parade experience.  She was doing her circus dog act almost the entire time.  I think she wanted to join in.

With every parade, there's a Queen.  This year's queen is Alyssa Tanner.

After the parade ended, it was back over to the BBQ area to start feeding the huge crowd ready for chicken. 

I was on the clean up crew, so I snapped pics while everyone else was serving.

Doesn't this look good?!  Unfortunately it was gone by the time I got back over to it.

There was also a chili cook off, cornbread competition going on.

Such a fun day!  So glad the weather held off!
What's your favorite way of eating chicken??

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DeanO said...

I love Pt. Reyes Station; thanks for sharing your day and all the wonderful pictures!

TexWisGirl said...

i'm a little nervous about barbequed chicken because if its the slightest pink or too juicy, i geek out and can't eat it. has to be cooked pretty dry for me.

Dawn said...

Oh this looks like so much fun! I really enjoy things like this- parade (and food) are my favorites:)

Michelle said...

This parade does look like a lot of fun.

Sarah said...

Looks like a blast!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That truly looks so fun!

Anonymous said...

Fried! Fried, fried, fried! Haha. My maternal grandmother has loooong roots in the south - all over the south, and I think that's where I get it. My mom always laughs that the questions never was, "What's for dinner?" it was, "How's the chicken tonight?"

The Weaver of Grass said...

There is nothing to beat these marvellous country gatherings - everyone together, all enjoying themselves - super photos.

Curtis maybin said...

Great pictures .I miss that kind of living so much fun and community involvement. That was a cool video never seen it done like that. Do u all bring your own grills to these thing. I like to bring my primo grill with me and make some pulled pork for anybody that show up.