To The Herald-Whig:
I tip my barbecue judging cap to the Quincy Exchange Club's outstanding Smoke on the River Barbecue and Blues Fest. This was the second year of participation, so I was most impressed with the consistency of quality.
Despite a bit of challenge from Mother Nature, Melvin Dillman and the other QEC hosts entertained all comers with both food and entertainment.
As a certified barbecue judge with Kansas City Society Barbeque Society, I found the Smoke on the River event was one of the best I've visited this year in regard to overall hospitality, towards both the judges and the general public. And that takes a lot of hard work, for which the QEC is worthy of applause.
I spent my lodging, meal and shopping dollars in Quincy, and I look forward to doing the same at next year's event.
John R. Mier
Jefferson City, Mo.