Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Nash County Second Stop of Day For
- Senator Fred Smith 100 County BBQ Tour

The second BBQ on the day in the 100 County BBQ tour was held in nearby Nash County on the other side of Rocky Mount, after we started the day in Tarboro.

Bill Fields (shown above on left), Eastern North Carolina Campaign Manager, Bill Tarpenning and Deidre Jersey (leaning on table making a name tag), set up the front desk for registration in anticipation of a big crowd.

And the turnout was good as you can see.

Burce Harris, Chairman of the Nash County Republican Party was master of ceremonies.

Mark Edwards gave the invocation.

Robbie Davis gave the Pledge of Allegiance.

Deidre Jersey sang the National Anthem.

After everyone got a chance to eat some of Fred's Free BBQ, Gene Arnold (shown above) came up to introduce Fred to the audience.

While waiting to go on, Fred waited patiently in the back of the room.

Mr. Arnold gave a great introduction, which was followed by the now tradional video. The Video always ends with the playing of the Lee Greenwood written campaign song.

here to listen.

Fred gave his usual campaign speech, in which 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 gowing 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. Though I have seen Fred make a powerful speech in a more formal environment, these talks are always low key, personal and sincere. It is part of what makes them such a great connection between Fred and the people who come out.

The meeting was closed by singing "God Bless America", led by Deidre Jersey (shown above). This is the traditional way that Fred closes his BBQs and it is always a great ending.

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 Nash 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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