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Summit Daily letters to the editor: Disappointment at the Colorado BBQ Challenge

Disappointment at the barbecue

I was very disappointed in last weekend’s Colorado BBQ Challenge.

We love attending this event every year, but not this time. There were far fewer vendors, and, as a result, the lines at each stretched over half a block. The crowds were expected, especially in the busy Saturday lunch time frame, but the competitors just got overwhelmed.

Often, you would finally get to the front, only to find out that they had run out of some of their menu items and wouldn’t have another batch ready for an hour. It’s not their fault, as they were cooking as much as they could.

The other major problem was that so few vendors offered tastes this year — instead, almost everyone only offered large plates and sandwiches. Half the fun is being able to get a small sample from many different teams, so you could judge who was the best. With primarily full meals being sold this year, you really could only choose one or two places to go. Then, as we went to vote for our favorite, well before the awards were announced, we were told that the voter’s choice bins had already been collected, so I wound up with an unused voting ticket.

I’m not sure why the festival was so different this year, but this was certainly not what we expected after so many successful ones in years past.

If this is the new normal, we won’t return.

David Costantino


A bogus claim on bearing arms

Does your staff accept everything sent form Associated Press as gospel truth? Your page 18 headline, “Gun views fractious even as fewer bear arms,” made me want to grab my BB gun (Red Rider Special) and shoot holes in your paper. I couldn’t, however, as you had already destroyed your paper with this bogus article.

Does any of your staff read, watch, listen or Google anything or have a BBs worth of common sense? Ever fact check anything? Never mind, it was a rhetorical question.

Google “Gun sales,” and you get charts and quotes like the following:

“Obama, gun salesman of the year,” Intl. Bus Times.

“Gun sales spike across US,” Time

“Gun (makers) Stocks Surge 70%,” CNN Money

Has anyone seen the lines to buy guns at Sportsmen’s Warehouse? At Cabela’s? Or at the going-out-of-business Sports Authority?

I am personally going to upgrade from my Red Rider or maybe get another one.

Tom Dodd


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