Saturday, December 15, 2007

Last Senator Fred Smith BBQ In 2007
Held In Lenoir County

Kinston High School in Lenoir County was a milestone for the Senator Fred Smith 100 County BBQ Tour. Due to the Christmas and New Year Holiday Season, Senator Smith is suspending the Tour until 2008. Senator Smith was proudly announcing that he has passed the TWO THIRDS MARK in the Tour already since Lenoir County is the 68th BBQ Tour event in what has been a rapid and tough schedule criss crossing North Carolina. Click on the title to this article above and you can see from the map he has been to every region of North Carolina as the sea of red on the map indicates.

Joe Humphries is one of the dedicated staff members who is making this Tour such a great success. Here Joe (shown above seated) registers attendees as they arrive.

The crowd at Lenoir County started arriving even earlier than most other counties. The momentum that is apparent in Senator Smith's campaign is increasing the enthusiasm of everyone.

Stephens LaRoque, Chairman of the Lenoir County Republican Party, and former Representative from this area, acted as master of ceremonies.

Danny Daughety gave the invocation.

Barry Seay led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Deidre Jersey sang the National Anthem.

P.C. Barwick, a long time friend, introduced Senator Smith after everyone had finished eating their free BBQ.

As he usually does, Fred waited patiently in the back of the room during the introduction.

P.C.'s introduction was followed by playing the standard video about Fred.The Video always ends with the playing of the Lee Greenwood written campaign song.

here to listen to what is a really great campaign song.

On this evening Fred surprised everyone, including Paul (shown below) by welcoming Paul home to Kinston High School where Paul went to school. It was a great moment since Paul is the paid democratic party staffer who follows Fred around and tapes all of his speeches for campaign research. It was typical of Fred! Fred meets everyone, listens to them and remembers things about their lives. He cares about people.

After that light moment, Fred gave his usual campaign speech. In it he talks about why he is going to all the effort to visit all 100 counties in North Carolina at least once each during this primary campaign. He tells about growing up in the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh, and the struggles in business which ultimately were rewarded by success.

Senator Fred Smith spoke of his love for our State of North Carolina, and his belief that government is out of touch with what the majority of people want. He talked about the things that make us great and the things that help us enjoy the freedom of our great nation America. These talks are always a great dialogue.

The crowd was a good one, and the speech was interrupted by applause on many occasions as Fred hit on the points that people really care about.

When he finishes his speech there are always a great number of people who want Fred to autograph his biography for them.

Fred really lives the theme of his autobiography, "The difference between good and great is a little extra effort." The Lenoir County stop on the Fred Smith Statewide BBQ Tour was a resounding success thanks to all the great people who came out.


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