Fr. Ragan Schriver was definitely outside his comfort zone on Friday night. It’s not often that a vegetarian goes to a barbeque festival. I persuaded my friend to show up at Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass on his way home from a wedding rehearsal in Wears Valley. He arrived shortly after I completed my duties as a guest judge in three categories.
Of course Fr. Ragan didn’t eat anything at the festival, not even the deep-fried veggies. He marveled at the array of deep-fried stuff for sale. I explained the advantages of a deep-fried Oreo over a deep-fried Twinkie. Neither of us could figure out the appeal of deep-fried pizza.
As we walked around the festival, I spotted a booth selling crosses made with large nails and barbed wire. I’m not sure what the artist thought when I asked if he had any that showed the crucified Jesus. He didn’t.