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2012 Tour Stop #12 - Enshrinement Festival Ribs Cook-Off

July 20, 2012

The last time Christine and I were in South Bend, we had to make an unexpected trip to the hospital to take care of a dislocated finger. Pulling in to South Bend this year, we were excited to know where the hospital was, should the need arise again (though we certainly hoped not!). I was also excited to learn our hotel was right down the road from the Hall of Fame, however, that excitement waned when I learned I had a 6 a.m. load-in time. When we pulled in to the hotel parking lot, Lisa, one of our event contacts, came out to inform us that the road was closed for large vehicles. Thankfully though, Lisa drew out easy directions for us to follow the next morning.

The Enshrinement Festival was held at the College Football Hall of Fame which sports a smaller than normal football field in front of the building. On Saturday evening, they lined the field with family, spectators and cheerleaders while they announced the inductees. Eddie George from Ohio State was the "big name" inductee this year, although after listening to the others’ accomplishments, they all deserved to be in South Bend that day!

There was both a professional and backyard division along with some of the teams vending to the public. It really was neat to see all the different people attending this event - football fans, BBQ fanatics and lots of Notre Dame fans!

At the end of the day, Shigs in Pit won the professional division of the event and cleaned up in vending to the public. As always, we had a great time demoing Smithfield® pork and Weber’s® sauces to the crowd!

Because this was a Friday only event, we had a quick turn-around and seemed to be packing up just as soon as we got unpacked. The tent and table rental folks pulled out first since the streets needed to be cleared before the big trailers could get through. Some of the teams had already cleared off when an S-10, which looked to be held together by duct tape, rolled in to load up their stuff. After dropping their pit (I believe they were a backyard team) and then finally loading up, they tried to squeeze between our trailer and a rental truck. I was on pins and needles as he tried to back up. He kept getting closer and closer to our trailer! Lucky for both of us, he made it through with no issues and we pulled out shortly thereafter.

Though it was short, we had a great time in South Bend. What a treat it was to catch a little football action in the middle of summer! And we managed to leave without paying a visit to the hospital this time…

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