EDITORIAL: We Got the Rhythm
Kudos to Main St. Clinton and The City of Clinton for staging a very successful Rhythm on the Rails festival. You can usually tell things are going well when the featured performer is getting good feedback – Lee Roy Parnell seemed to be enjoying himself singing and playing for an appreciative crowd.
It was hot. Parnell’s warm-up (pardon the pun) act, Parker Ford, took the brunt of that as a late afternoon sun burned into his back on the CNNGA Main Stage. But, he survived, and sat to watch Parnell and his band as evening fell. Vendors weren’t doing the business they had hoped – walking and looking and spending money takes a backseat sometimes to just surviving in 91-degree heat. That could be avoided if the festival were in the fall, some suggested, but that also has inherent problems. Football, being the main, unsurmountable one.
Besides, we HAVE a fall festival. Laurens has a fall festival – one year it got rained out by the 100-year flood. Almost everybody around us has a fall festival, too. We – and every other festival-doing town – are looking for that something unique that keeps people coming back. Laurens had a bunch of stuff set up “on top of” Rhythm on the Rails in Clinton. Did that hurt attendance – really, no way to know.
All we can do, really, is stay in our lane. Plan, execute, assess – seek to get better, and be family-friendly. Festivals like this don’t just happen – it takes a lot of hard work from a bunch of people, who are do-ers, not just talk-ers. We, certainly, appreciate their efforts on our behalf.
Smokin’ on the Rails Winners
Source: The City of Clinton
Overall: 1. Chicka-Piga-Moo; 2. Hey Good Buddy; 3. Ultimate Tailgaters; 4. Blowin’ Smoke BBQ; 5. Getting Piggy With It; 6. Smokey D’s BBQ; 7. Blind Swine BBQ; 8. Butts R Us; 9. Smoken’ Rays Custom BBQ; 10. Hugh’s Q.
Pork: 1. Hey Good Buddy; 2. Smokey D’s BBQ; 3. Chicka-Piga-Moo; 4. Getting Piggy With It; 5. Blowin’ Smoke BBQ; 6. Ultimate Tailgaters; 7. Smoken’ Rays Custom BBQ; 8. Bane’s BBQ and More; 10. Blind Swine BBQ.
Ribs: 1. Chicka-Piga-Moo; 2. Ultimate Tailgaters; 3. Blind Swine BBQ; 4. Blowin’ Smoke BBQ; 5. Butts Are Us; 6. Getting Piggy With It; 7. Hugh’s Q; 8. Rubbing Butts BBQ; 9. Smokey D’s BBQ; 10. The Drunk Chicken.
Beef: 1. Butts R Us; 2. Blowin’ Smoke BBQ; 3. Hey Good Buddy; 4. Backdraft BBQ SC; 5. Blind Swine BBQ; 6. Ultimate Tailgaters; 7. Smokey D’s BBQ; 8. Grizzly’s Big Deal BBQ; 9. Chicka-Piga-Moo; 10. Bane’s BBQ and More.