In line with the spirit of the developing Storychasers project, I’ve created a six minute documentary about yesterday’s free community barbeque in Dalhart, Texas, offered as part of the festivities for the annual XIT Rodeo. As they have for the past 72 years, community volunteers prepared nine thousand pounds of barbeque meat with all the fixins’ to feed a crowd of twenty thousand which converged on this small, west Texas town for a special weekend of great food, good times and outstanding rodeo action.

I’ve also uploaded 150 pictures and almost 50 shorter video clips to Flickr about the XIT Rodeo and barbeque.

On the subject of barbeque, you might also check out my favorite episode from NPR’s “This I Believe” show and podcast titled, “There Is No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue.” I have to say that after yesterday’s experiences at the XIT barbeque, I believe in barbeque myself more than ever! :-)

I recorded a thirty minute interview with my mother-in-law yesterday sharing her remembrances of XIT and growing in Dalhart, Texas, which I will also edit and publish soon. Learn more about the XIT Rodeo and Reunion on the event’s official website, the XIT Museum’s website, and on the WikiPedia entry for XIT Ranch. My post from Friday night, “Storychasing the 2008 XIT Rodeo and Ranch” also provides some additional background.

Mmmmm, I’m hungry for more barbeque already! :-)

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