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Hey, Spike! says eat lotsa BBQ

Colette Smith selling tickets at last year's BBQ Challenge.

Welcome to the thousands of fans to the 17th annual Colorado BBQ Challenge, which is staged on Old Main Street Frisco.This is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event, meaning the ‘cue is going to be authentic, winners have even more reason to brag.Nearly 70 teams are expected to attract 30,000 carnivores.It started last night and runs through Saturday. And get a load of the some of the team names:1-2-BBQ, Gettin’ Piggy Wit It!, Q’Tang Clan, Al’s Smokehouse, Golden Toad BBQ, Rat’s WoodShack BBQ, Baby Got Pork Butt, Hildy’s High Country BBQ. Rub My Rib BBQ, Big Hoss Bar-B-Q, Rubbin it & Lovin it BBQ, Big Sarge’s Grill, Lazy J BBQ, Smoke N the Rockies, Billy Gomer’s BBQ Sauce, Los Nerds, Smokejumpers, Birdman BBQ, Lost Weekend Grill, Smokin Barrels BBQ, Blues Brothers Barbeque, Master Basters, Mean Dean’s Smokin Machine, Summit High Smokers, Bumpas Barbecue, Moe’s Original BBQ, Sweetheart City Smokers, Burnin Bob’s Butts n Bones, Montana BBQ, Team Danny, CHIBI-Q, Mountain Lyon Extreme Team, Team Faith Holy Smokers, Clarence, Munchkin’s Masterpiece BBQ, OOPS (Outstanding Order of the Pig Society), Coyote Cave Barbecue, Peace Pitt BBQ, Vinny’s, Wabash BBQ, Pig Floyd, firechef.com, Wolfy and the Hog Heaters, Denver Cajun BBQ Krewe, and Pig Murder Inc.Running the show are Seth Blackmer and Suzanne Lifgren, the town’s events managers (Suzanne is now doing double-duty as the town’s marketing manager as well.)Likely present, but missing the volunteer action will be Colette Ann Smith, a Town of Frisco building inspector. That’s her in the photo, all decked out in cowgirl garb.”I’m not selling tickets this year because my brother Alan and girlfriend Shelly Fernander are flying in from Columbia, S.C., just for this event,” says the inspector.Also, Colettte and ToF Chief Inspector Janine Snyder are hosting the Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council meeting all day Friday when about 100 building officials from all over the state convene at the Summit Senior Center.”Maybe next year won’t be so hectic and I can go back to selling tickets – which I love,” says Colette. ****A local’s graduation from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley made for a good reason to party.Shannon Sonnett completed her teaching degree in May and parents Dawn and Gary hosted a gathering at their large log home once owned by John “JD Colorado” and Leslie Farr, not far from the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in the Kingdom of Breckenridge.Attending were Andy and Alice Hayes and daughter Julia, who is going to be a senior at Summit High; John and Dede Tuso, Steve and Sandee Smith, Gray Pearson, Dr. Jim Bachman and Amy Nelson, Tony and Kim Lord and son Blake, who attends the University of Colorado in Boulder and is going to be a junior; Thad and Lisa Noll, Scott and Jana Lerner, Frosty and Julie Krause and son Cooper, who is going to be a junior Montana State in Bozeman; Paul Austin and Cindy Beers, and Hey, Spike! and Mary.Joining in were Shannon’s UNC chums, Matt, also a graduate, Jeff and Alex.****We enjoyed Randall McKinnon’s guitar playing and vocals at Charlie Eazor’s Blue Spruce Saloon on a recent Friday night.Randall has a new CD out: “Where Rivers Change Directions.” He’s working 85 out of the next 87 days, he says.Also out for an evening were Water Dance residents Dick and Joanne Masica.****Summiteer Leon Joseph Littlebird will be performing the first “Cowboys & Indian” concert of the summer in Steamboat Springs at The Depot on Saturday night.Affectionately known locally as The Chief, Leon joins two cowboys, those Yampa Valley Boys, Steve Jones and John Fisher.****Visiting longtime Tuscato host and Silverheels waiter Chris “Banzcie” Welsh, were mother and daughter team of Yumi and Shoro Senda from Tokyo, and Fran and Russ Maki from Honolulu.****Back on the Town of Frisco’s Flower Power Team is Shelby Newley, who just completed her nursing associate degree from Colorado Mountain College-Breckenridge and will soon enroll in the University of Colorado Nursing School to obtain her bachelor’s degree. Congrats.••••Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a resident of Summit County since 1982. He and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years.Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com