Mom, Apple Pie, Barbecue, and the Flag (?)

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What could possibly the more American than mom, apple pie, good southern barbecue, and the American flag? Excellent question.

At a barbecue contest in, of all places Alabama, contest officials demanded that competitors takedown American flags. We had to read that several times.

“The sport of professional barbecue is extremely American and family oriented,” said pitmaster Jeff Petkevicius.

So you can imagine Jeff’s extreme displeasure when organizers of an Alabama barbecue competition ordered him – along with other competitors to take down the American flags hanging from their barbecue trailers.

It happened Feb. 27th at the Sam’s Club National BBQ Competition in Daphne, Ala., sponsored by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Again, at a barbecue contest? In Alabama? Sponsored by Sam’s Club??

Barbecue officials spoke to half a dozen competitors who were flying flags. They told them that there was a city ordinance against flying flags. In Alabama??

It turns out that somebody misread, but didn’t read, the city ordinance. Sure enough there is no ordinance banning flags. Several of the competitors with their flags back up before the investigation was complete but nobody came back and told him to take them down again.

Old Glory has flown proudly at Fort McHenry, on Iwo Jima, and in every imaginable difficult situation. She has survived proudly through every one. Old Glory even survived Roseann Barr mocking the Star Spangled Banner.

We had no doubt she would survive an onslaught of overly politically correct barbecue officials this time.

After all, it wasn’t a vegan cookoff in San Francisco.

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