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Updated: 03/22/2014 08:00:01AM

Ribs sizzled for Historical Society’s BBQ contest

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

Children of all ages are drawn to the non-electric wooden toy display by Al and Karen Smoke. No flashing lights, no bells or whistles are needed for lots of old-fashioned fun.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK

Patty Brant introduces her newly published mystery novel, "Bitter Secrets." She had a table among other writers and artists at Pioneer Day.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Kassie Kemp from the Florida Public Archaeology Network in Tampa demonsrates making rock tools to Ryan Williams, 7, a student at Memorial Elementary School. Pioneer Day, held at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park, had many history-based activities for children.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Levi Champney drives his grandfather, Neil Butts, around the park in a early model Bolens Husky garden tractor. Llater that day he was giving all the kids rides at Pioneer Day, sponsored by the DeSoto County Historial Society.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Adrian Valdovinos learns to squeeze an orange the old-fashioned way at Pioneer Day.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

The Fiddle crabs of Port Charlotte play bluegrass standardsat Pioneer Day as the aroma of barbecue entices visitors.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Hannah and Kylee Bryan from Cape Coral enjoy cranking the siren on the antique fire engine at Pioineer Day.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CAROL MAHLER

DeSoto County Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s first-prize team with their trophy.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CAROL MAHLER

The captain of the “Bottoms Up” team from Tice Fire and Rescue accepts third prize in the

BBQ Rib Cook-off.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CAROL MAHLER

Two members of the “Boca Boys” team from Boca Grande Fire and Rescue pose with their trophy.

By CAROL MAHLER

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The team from DeSoto County Volunteer Fire and Rescue won first place in the Barbecued Rib Cookoff during the DeSoto County Historical Society’s 10th Annual Pioneer Day Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Arcadia. This makes the third consecutive year that they have taken top honors in the contest.

The “Boca Boys” team from Boca Grande Fire and Rescue scored second place, and the the “Bottoms Up” team from Tice Fire and Rescue took third prize. Also competing was the “Cracked Rib” team from Lee County Medical Services.

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