By: Mark Infield
On Saturday, February 11th Julie and Ken Farmer, owners of Ted’s Kickin’ Chicken in Winston-Salem hosted The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine 19th Attempt, Almost A Tradition, Pre-Daytona, Valentine’s Day Party and Oyster Roast. We call it the Fear Of February Party because sometimes the weather is bad. Not so this year! With a Carolina blue sky and temperatures pushing 70º there was nothing to fear.
Vendors were setting up and bikes began rolling in at 11:30. Everyone was anticipating a big day and no one was disappointed. Matt Dylan and the Honky Tonk Outlaws started belting out classic hits and the steamer was heating up. Raw oysters from Todd’s Seafood in Thomasville were put out on the table for those who couldn’t wait for the first bunch to come out of the steamer.
Renea Brown was in her traditional role selling the “Deal Of The Day”, an event t-shirt and 5 raffle tickets for $20, and the annual favorite Girl Scout Cookies. When the bikes rolled in, The Carolinas’ Full Throttle tent was their first stop. Everyone who has ever been to the FOF Party before knows that the event t-shirts sell out quick so that is their first order of business.
Inside, the staff was cooking wings as fast as they could and the bar tenders were moving at the speed of cup stackers. They did a great job all day long. The sun was warm and made the ice-cold beer taste great. What a way to kick off the riding season!
Every so often, Lincoln and Doc would dump another batch of oysters from the steamer onto the table where their life expectancy was about 10 minutes! No one would disagree: they were delicious. Many thanks to Bob Karney Law Firm and Smokin’ Harley-Davidson for sponsoring the oysters this year.
Throughout the day the band would take a break and that gave us an opportunity to give away merchandise form Ted’s and FTM. Everyone likes free stuff! During one of the band breaks an acoustic duo called “Leather & Lace” played for the crowd. They did a good job, too.
During the day, Lydia, Dawn, and Kathy made their way through the crowd offering raffle tickets to everyone. The next order of business is to determine who gets the bragging rights as the beer chuggin’ champion for 2017.
We split the contestants up by (gasp!) gender. We had 9 men and 4 women participate in the first round. Ladies first! Idella, Karen, Kelsey, and Ally were front and center. Idella and Ally advanced to the finals. We gave the ladies a break while the men showed off their prowess. Blake, Michael, Jaime, Spike, Shawn, Jeff L., Jeff S., Jimmy, and Keith stood proudly before their peers. Blake, Jaime, Spike, and Jeff S. were eliminated and the others advanced to the semifinals. Meanwhile Idella and Ally faced off for the ladies’ championship and the coveted trophy – a beer mug etched with “Screw It. I Need A Beer”. Idella now owns the mug and the bragging rights.
Now it was back to the men to see who would advance to the final round. Michael, Shawn, Jeff L., Jimmy, and Keith showed no signs of puking, but only Shawn and Keith would advance. Now it got tough. Back to back rounds to determine the Chuggin’ Champion. Shawn inhaled the winning beer and claimed his 2017 Championship mug. Out of the shadows came Idella, the women’s champion to challenge Shawn. Dang it! She can swallow! No former champions came forward to challenge this year’s winners so the 2017 beer chuggin’ contest is history.
Over on the midway, Doc and Lincoln drew a crowd trying to harpoon “Little Orifice Annie” with long pink pool noodles. Once they demonstrated “how it’s done”, more brave souls accepted the challenge. You kind had to be there for this one, but the pictures at FullThrottleMagazine.com might help you get an idea of what was happening.
After another set by the Honky Tonk Outlaws it was time for the Valentine’s Day Raffle. A beautiful diamond heart pendant supplied by Hayes Jewelers of Lexington was about to make someone’s sweetheart happy. The winner was Lucas Turbeville of Winston-Salem. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 women raised their hands and offered to be his sweetheart!
The final item of business was to give away the 55” 4K UHD TV provided by The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine. Drum roll, please. Christopher Layell, of Clemmons will be watching the Daytona 500 on this baby. We even threw in a wall mount just for good measure. Congratulations to all the winners. After another set by the Honky Tonk Outlaws we closed the book on The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine 19th Attempt, Almost A Tradition, Pre-Daytona, Valentine’s Day Party and Oyster Roast. It was a good day and it was the biggest event at Ted’s ever with a reported 800 motorcycles.
We want to thank all the vendors, Ted’s staff, The FT staff who helped and attended (Lincoln Infield, Maggie Infield, Renea Brown, Lydia Infield, Dawn Krische, Caroline Jones, Ricky Gammons, Alan Dockery, Grant Eagle, Scott Wicker, Charles Holcombe, Kathy & Ron Johnson, Trisha Beasley, Gary Steelman, Lauren Cobb) and everyone who attended. You all made it an historic day. We appreciate all of you. Now we begin planning for the 20th Attempt, Almost A Tradition, Pre-Daytona, Valentine’s Day Party and Oyster Roast. We will let you know the location in the next few months so you can plan to be there in February 2018.
Pictures from the event will be posted at FullThrottleMagazine.com. You can download any that you like for free and if you would like a high res image just call the office and tell us which one(s) you want.