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Kickin’ off tour season with a chickin pickin’

Chickin Pickin' sign

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Nothing gets your toes tappin’ and your tummy rumblin’ like a big plate of barbecue washed down with a side of bluegrass music, as dozens of Yates Mill supporters and friends discovered at our annual fundraising – and “fun-raising” – barbecue.

The weather cooperated again as we held our second annual Chickin Pickin’ at Historic Yates Mill County Park on Saturday, Aug. 27. More than 150 people bought tickets for a plate of chicken and pork barbecue, sweet potatoes, slaw, beans, Yates Mill cornbread, dessert and tea, keeping pitmaster Jim Kellenberger and our crew of volunteers busy all afternoon.

Dishing up the 'cue

Jim Kellenberger (left) and Steve Lord (right) lead the 'cue line while more helpers dish up sides.

Kellenberger and a handful of helpers rose at dawn to get the pig on the smoker and prepare the rest of the meal near the park’s amphitheater. The barbecue began at 3 p.m., timed to begin after the last of our new Saturday mill open house tours. But the crowd started gathering early, possibly drawn in by the delicious smells.

Fortunately, the Kudzu Ramblers were a little early, too, so folks could feast on their lively music while the first dinner plates were dished up. And the people kept coming until close to sunset, filling the picnic tables and enjoying the music and fellowship in on a balmy, beautiful spring evening.

Enjoying the music and food

A treat for the senses: Music, food and a beautiful park in spring.

Every penny of the proceeds from this event goes to Yates Mill Associates’ mission to preserve and celebrate historic Yates Mill. That’s thanks to the generosity of our supporters and volunteers. Kellenberger provides the main meal, desserts are produced by Mary Lu Wooten and her team at Side Street Restaurant, cornbread is baked by Yates Mill Associates volunteers, parking is organized by head miller William Robbins, and the Kudzu Ramblers entertain us in return for a delicious dinner. The park staff prepares and helps clean up the site, and YMA volunteers sell tickets, set up decorations, serve food and welcome guests.

Thanks to all of them, and to all of you who bought tickets and joined us in raising funds and having fun. We hope you’ll come down again next year!

Smokin' is allowed

Y'all come back!

 

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