Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fred Smith Washington County BBQ

The Washington County Fred Smith BBQ on the 100 County BBQ Tour was a resounding success. It was held at the Vernon James Center on the outskirts of Plymouth, a really great facility. There have been more than 95 BBQs so far and there are still 9 to go. The number adds up to more than 100 because some counties are getting more than 1.

Robert Partin (seated above) was working registration for the campaign this night.

There was such a large number coming in that some had to move over to the dinning tables to find room to fill out the registration forms.

Joe Avery, Republican Party District Chairman, greeted old friends and made some new ones while he supported Fred.

Powellsville Mayor Tom Asbell (seated left) and Town Commissioner Buck Carter (standing with Mr. Smith) talked with Fred about issues affecting their town. Perrytown Fire Chief Bud Lee (seated on right) listens in.

The crowd ulimately grew to around 140. With over 60 at the Tyrell County BBQ at noon, we had a great turnout for Eastern North Carolina.

Master of Cermonies for the evening was Harvey West. He introduced Lloyd Jones (not shown) who gave the invocation.

Washington County Republican Party Chairman Eddy Browning gave the welcome.

Bob Partridge led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trudee Farley sang the national anthem.

After everyone had been fed, local Supporter Bill Schultz stood with Senator Fred Smith while he waited for the event to get started.

Harvey West gave Fred's introduction, which 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.

Fred gave his usual great speech. One person in the audience compared his enthusiasm and effectiveness to Skip Holtz, a known motivational speaker.

Fred talked 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 Washington 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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