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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Event draws crowds, planes and barbecue

  • Barbecue, helicopter rides, and antique cars were some of the attractions at When Pigs Fly, an event the McPherson Chamber of Commerce put on at the McPherson airport Saturday.
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  • Barbecue, helicopter rides, and antique cars were some of the attractions at When Pigs Fly, an event the McPherson Chamber of Commerce put on at the McPherson airport Saturday.
    The event also featured a barbecue contest, a collection of small aircraft and performances by the Silver Buckle Drill Team, a horse-mounted stunt team.
    Josh Black, a student at Central Christian College from Broken Arrow, Okla., said he enjoyed coming to the event.
    "It's good to see a lot of planes and barbecue," he said.
    Tisa Burton, a member of the Silver Buckle Drill Team, said the team's shows went well despite some slick terrain.
    "Horse's hooves slide on grass, so doing tricks is dangerous," Burton said.
    Burton said kids seem to like the team's performances.
    "They think we're cool, I guess," Burton said.
    About 30 teams competed in the When Pigs Fly barbecue contest, which was judged by 48 certified judges.
    Jennifer Burch, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said barbecue judges attend a class in Kansas City to learn how to judge barbecue based on factors such as appearance, texture and firmness.
    Steve Carmichael from Great Plains BBQ has competed at When Pigs Fly for five years and does 15 to 16 competitions every year, sometimes with his wife. He said he enjoys getting other people's opinions about his barbecue.
    "I think it's good, but I think it's cool seeing what others think," Carmichael said. "It's a fun family event."
    Randy Frazer was one of several people who brought old cars to the event. Frazer brought his 1929 Model A Ford, which he got from his father.
    "It's fun to bring the cars out," Frazer said.
    Others flew in small airplanes for people to look at. Ray Doerr from Gardner flew in on an RV-10 that he spent 2,200 hours building.
    "I always loved flying as a kid and could finally afford it when we moved to the States from Canada," Doerr said.
    Doerr said he enjoys coming to When Pigs Fly.
    "They put it on really well," Doerr said. "I appreciate the welcome."
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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