Our County: It’s time for the popular Foothills Country Fair!
by D. Gary Davis
Jul 22, 2014 | 456 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Have you ever attended a Bradley County fair or a county fair of any place else? Do you remember the sights, the sounds, the excitement and the smells — some good, some not so good depending upon perceptions.

This weekend Bradley County’s Foothills Country Fair returns with many events for our local families to enjoy. Among numerous events is one that has drawn competitors from across the nation to vie for a chance to be No. 1.

After Friday evening’s entertainment — consisting of the musical and vocal talents of Convertibull, Dagger Blue and The Collins Brothers Band — yet another day of competition begins.

Some participants may work all night and others will arrive at 4 a.m. But all professional Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) cookers will be vying to claim victory.

Presently, there are 43 pro teams and 21 backyard teams set to compete in the BBQ Bash. While it would be impossible to list all the names and backgrounds of each team, a few are scheduled to appear this weekend.

Que’n Stew’n & Brew’N currently is ranked No. 1 in the ribs category and fourth overall nationally. Smoke Me Silly and Swiggin’ Pig are also scheduled to appear.

But if you have ever watched Barbeque Pit Masters or Barbeque Pit Wars, the name Myron Mixon should sound familiar. He and his team, Jack’s Old South, have more world, national and regional titles and awards than anyone else alive. Along with all the other accolades he has achieved, he has the nickname of “the winningest man in barbeque,” according to Wikepedia.

Yes, he even has an entire section on the web encyclopedia. On his team is Bradley County resident Bill Wheeler, who has traveled with him across the nation for a few years.

While these competitors’ food will NOT be up for public consumption, the event is open for viewing of certain aspects of the cook-off.

With $15,000 on the line as prize money at this event, 100 percent of our judges are certified by the association in four professional categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket.

The Chicken category will be judged at noon, Ribs at 12:30 p.m., Pork at 1 p.m. and Brisket at 1:30 p.m. The awards will be judged upon appearance, taste and tenderness.

Please make time in your family’s schedule to attend at least a few of the many aspects of the Foothills Country Fair this weekend. While attending, don’t just think back on some of your favorite county fairs of the past, but make some new memories and enjoy a few amazing aromas at Bradley County’s Foothills Country Fair and once again understand why Bradley County is Tennessee at its best.