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Thanks for pigging out

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank the community for supporting the 1st Annual Big Aspen BBQ Block Party at the base of Aspen Mountain this past weekend. This community event was established to draw people from the Roaring Fork Valley, Front Range and around the country to fill the traditional void in business during the final week of August. The event hosted an estimated 7,000 people who enjoyed tasty world class BBQ and listened to free live music throughout the day.

The block party would not have been made possible with out the financial contribution from the city of Aspen, our partnership with Union Square Events, all of our sponsors, and the support of the local hotels that provided guest rooms for the support team, pit masters and musical talent. Moreover, an event of this scale can be disruptive to the surrounding areas and I am very appreciative of the local residents and retail tenants’ patience and accommodation. Lastly, I am extremely proud and grateful to be associated with the team of passionate individuals at The Little Nell and Union Square Events who gave their heart and soul to ensure a successful event.

The following statistics highlight the magnitude of the event:

• 12 whole hogs (2400 pounds)

• 1,275 full racks of ribs

• 1,800 pounds of pork shoulder

• 1,750 pounds of beef brisket

• 600 pounds of sausage

• 850 pounds of coleslaw

• 450 free minutes of live music

• 40 gallons of ice cream

• 650 peach cobblers

• 600 brownies

• 500 root beer floats

• 400 cases of soda and water

• 300 gallons of beer

The event paid approximately $30,000 in hourly wages (average rate in excess of $16 per hour) to those who volunteered to work the event. Proceeds from the event went to the Aspen Community Foundation’s Roaring Fork Youth Fund, supporting youth-serving organizations and projects from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.

We have already begun working on the details for the 2nd Annual Big Aspen BBQ Block Party for the weekend of Aug. 27-28, 2011. With the community’s continued support we hope to make the event even better.

John Speers

Co-founder, Big Aspen BBQ Block Party

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