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Barbecue the high point at Crown Point picnic

Crown Point Police Chief Pete L(from left) Mayor David Uran dish out barbecue pork sandwiches KarDykhuis her sMark 6 while

Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land (from left) and Mayor David Uran dish out barbecue pork sandwiches to Kara Dykhuis and her son Mark, 6, while parks director Jennie Burgess mans the barbecue sauce (back) during the sixth annual Crown Point City Wide Pic

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Updated: August 2, 2013 7:23AM



Crown Point — Pounds of barbecue pulled pork was piled up high Sunday during the sixth annual City Wide Picnic at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

City department heads, elected officials and employees manned the buffet doling out barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta salad and desserts to a steady flow of residents who made their way through the Show Pavilion.

“About 1 p.m. people started showing up,” said Police Chief Pete Land, who was scooping up mounds of the pork and plopping it onto buns. The picnic started at 2 p.m. and continued through 6 p.m. and featured Phat Hawgs barbecue and music by First Performance.

Mayor David Uran said the line was pretty solid the first hour of the picnic during the initial rush.

“We have two pigs. In the first hour we went through one pig. It’s a great turnout.” Uran said.

By 3:30 p.m. the crowd had thinned to a more manageable pace with residents taking advantage of the comfortable weather to enjoy corn hole toss games, a bounce house and face painting. Uran said the event is free but donations were being accepted for Crown Point Cares.

Mary Frahm and her children Trevor, 10, Sarah, 9, Abby, 6, and Emily, 14, were joined by her friend Kara Dykhuis and her son Mark, 6, were enjoying the barbecue and the music their first time at the picnic.

“Crown Point always does a nice job. We wen tot the Crown Point Corn Roast and the Taste. It’s always a nice time,” Frahm said.

The barbecue, and the fact the event was free, were a high point.

“It’s awesome,” Sarah said of her sandwich.

The Gold family also enjoyed the food at their first visit to the city picnic. Lisa Gold, her sons Sam, 11, and Nolan, 16, were joined by Nolan’s friend Nicki Cornett, 15.

“It’s nice to hang out here on a Sunday afternoon,” Lisa Gold said.

“It’s not too hot and not too cold,” Nolan chimed in. All four said they enjoyed both the food and the music. The kids were waiting for a chance to use the bouncehouse.

“We ate well. We loved the pulled pork. Yum,” Lisa Gold said.

Nicki agreed.

“The pulled pork was so good it was amazing,” she said.



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