I am so behind on blogging, mostly beacuse I am so busy doing fun things... One of the fun things for the month of Sept was the local NC Hot Sauce Festival , right in our hometown of Oxford, NC. AND this year we were downtown merchants and took real pride in the 10,000 folks attending in our small town!
Right out front of our business was the local car show ! Couldn't ask for a better view!
All the family came up and we had such a great time ! The weather was PERFECT
Jeremy and Danielle spent some of the time with Josh walking the dogs around the festival, and rumor has it Jeremy ( the hot sauce king) and Danielle sampled some ghost pepper salsa...
Christopher and Vika arrived a little late but time enough to sample some..there were so many folks there we all didn't have a chance to sit and visit until dinner afterwards !
The highlight though was watching the hot pepper eating contest
Contestants start off with a pimento pepper, moving up in hotness until only one person is left...
Our friend Vanessa didn't make it very far
You had to eat each pepper off the stem and chew at least 5 times before you swallowed
This guy came off stage and ended up curled up in a ball before leaving for the ER, his defeat was a chocolate habenaro!
some folks had family members waiting for them with cold milk...
Finally it was down to two.... and the scorpion peppers... the fella in the wheelchair was the returning champion and maybe would have been again if he hadn't wiped his eye with his hot pepper hand... he immediately gave up and they came to flush his eyes... ( that really had to hurt)
So the winner walked away with an ulcer ( I don't know that ), and three hundred dollars.... and Emily and I just HAD to get our picture taken with such a celebrity !
We are already making plans for next year! Perhaps our own BBQ with samplings of the sauce we get at the festival..
It was a fine day... all day long!