We are deep into marching season, which translates to frequent, short (and sometimes very long) bursts of intense activity. And no quilting whatsoever.
Because this is Ross’s first and last year in marching band, John and I dove in head first to do whatever we could, whenever we could—like helping the food committee.
The food committee feeds the kids between after-school practices and football games, before and during competitions and during Saturday practices. This saves time because 170-plus kids get fed in about 30 minutes, way faster than if they’d scattered to get lunch on their own.
With their first competition on Saturday, the food committee was whipped into a frenzy to get the kids fed twice: lunch at school after a morning practice and then dinner at the marching festival.
On Friday, John and I smoked 60.82 pounds of pork shoulder for the kids’ dinner at the festival.
At first, we thought we’d be able to do all of it at one time but after about 30 minutes, we realized that two sessions would be required, which made for a 12-hour, marathon of a day.
To save time, we smoked the first batch and finished cooking it in the oven so we could get the second batch going on the smoker earlier in the afternoon.
We finished pulling the second batch and packing it in containers about 9:00 p.m. Dead on our feet, we wasted no time delivering the meat to the coordinator’s house because we desperately wanted it out of ours so she could re-heat it the next day and pack it in warming containers to transport it to the festival.
Sixty pounds didn’t cut it. They’re already talking about cooking 80 to 90 pounds next year because so many kids were denied seconds. No mystery there; festivals really take it out of you. You go for 16 hours like that, you’re going to be tired, cold and very hungry.
Since Legacy placed first in prelims, they were last to perform in finals.
The good news is that the band stole the show. They placed first in prelims and first in finals plus took awards for visual effect, impact, and music—yay! Next up: northern regional competition Wednesday night.