TRIP REPORT - Henderson, Kentucky Blues and BBQ Festival
June 16 2007
This was a day-trip for us as Henderson is a little over one hundred miles downriver from our home near Louisville. The W.C. Handy Blues and BBQ Festival is an annual event that runs for two weekends and the week in between. The first weekend is the BBQ competition and then the Music runs most of the week and the second weekend. We decided to attend the second Saturday to enjoy some of the Blues groups and to meet with a couple of our Roadfood friends as well.
Heading west on I-64, near the exit for Evansville, “TUD” Krohn, who lives beside the Interstate has built several large scale model aircraft and mounted them for display in his yard. They are very visible from the Interstate, just east of Exit 29. We have stopped and visited with him a couple of times and decided to drop in again on this trip. "TUD" is quite a talker and we enjoy chatting with him about his talent for building these beauties without “plans”. He uses a small plastic model and works from that to create the large metal models.
We then got off the highway at Exit 25 (US 41), gassed up for $2.83 a gallon, and met Poverty Pete at Stolls Family Restaurant
for an early lunch. We have stopped at Stolls a couple of times and didn’t think much of it, but decided to give it a “3rd Strike”. It is advertised as an Amish-style buffet. Well “the Third Strike” was used and we have labeled it as a “do not go back”. The food was ‘mediocre’ but nothing rated above a 5 on a 10 scale and there are too many interesting places in the area to try before accepting this as the measure of a meal! Plus the lunch was $10 and that was just not acceptable for what we got. So Stolls is now off the list!
Here is the Sign out Front- on US 41
And here is Steve (Poverty Pete) Seaching for something for his lunch!
Then we wandered over to Henderson, which is just across the Ohio River from Evansville, to the Park where the Blues Festival was playing. We took some folding chairs and enjoyed a few hours of good music in the shade of the big trees right beside the river.
Here is part of the crowd in the Park near the stage-
The Park is located right beside the Ohio River so Barges are moving up and downstream and the rail bridge is active to add ambience to the outdoor festival-
The groups sounded great, which I am sure was difficult with the temp in the upper 90's !
Louis joined us in the Park, bring samples of the fried (and smoked) Chicken that he had mentioned on the Website earlier. The Bon Ton Market’s Chicken was the best of the group.
Here he is with Poverty Pete discussing the fine points of fried chicken from the S W Indiana/Kentucky area.
and a photo of the Bon Ton Chicken, which really is quite good!
The heat began to takes its toll on us and we decided to cool off for awhile back at Poverty Pete’s Motel and meet with Louis later for Pizza and Beer at “Turino’s
”, the best Pizza place in the Evansville area.
We enjoyed some good Jalopena Poppers an an excellent cracker-thin Pizza while sharing a couple of pitchers of beer before calling it a night. Unfortunately Louis missed connecting up with us there, but we will see him again soon we are sure! Those time zone changes between the two places confuse us every time we head down that way.
Here is a serving of fresh crispy 'Poppers'
And the cracker-crust Pizza which I thought was outstanding! Remember I am not much of a Pizza fan as my experience has been mainly with the chain-Pizza stuff. This one was really good !
So after a good dinner, we made the nice ride home and closed out another great day-trip with our friends.