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06Sept2014_1g_Pit-Q_Center-Piece_1Ah yes. The Pit-Q! So what is a “Pit-Q”? The event was originally established by the Board of Directors of the Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Hall to raise operational funds for the facility. The dance floor here is probably one of the best, if not the best, in the Northwest. 8000 sq ft of floating hardwood dance floor. You can actually see the floor moving when there are a lot of dancers moving.
I am not so sure that the quality of the meal has been maintained, though. Don’t get me wrong! It was good. But we have had much better. And we were not alone in our opinion. Here is what has changed – (1) The beef is no longer cooked for 17+ hours in the pit that was designed for cooking purposes on location. The beef has been catered out and was a little bland. Not the smoked flavors that we were used to. Cooking the beef in the past, and prepping it, was Party Time for the Crew! The comment that we heard as to why they don’t cook the same way is that fruit wood was not available. I know for a fact that Williamson Fruit Ranch in Marsing, had plenty of wood they were trying to get rid of this year. (2) The slaw is a commercial mix and the dressing is ….. I don’t know, but probably straight mayo. The slaw used to be made by the ladies on the Board from scratch with their own particular dressing. (3) The beans seemed to be a mix of commercial baked beans. They tasted “canned”.
But the tomatoes were fresh and sliced. And the corn was fresh and delicious. I am not a dessert person, but what I had was OK. Sorry to see these changes have come into use. I really don’t think that they have done themselves any favors. Just my opinion, after spending several years on the Board ourselves and 30+ years involved in the activity. Here are some more photos of the evening. Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. Cheers!

The table centerpieces were all canned goods. Here are some pickles.

The table centerpieces, as pictured here and above, were all canned goods. Here are some pickles.

The "Square Dance American Folk Dance of Idaho" banner.

The “Square Dance The American Folk Dance of Idaho” banner.

Robin and I Called and Cued for the Spares and Pairs Club. Here is their banner. Both of these banners were hand made.

Robin and I Called and Cued for the Spares and Pairs Club. Here is their banner. Both of these banners were hand made.

Cinder MacDonald and Robin discussing and "important issue".

Cinder McDonald and Robin discussing and “important issue”.

Bill, Trenna (TJ) Chadd and Robin.

Bill, Trenna (TJ) Chadd and Robin.

Robin and CAller Joe White

Robin and Caller Joe White

Callers (L) Gary Davis and (R) Bosco Bosler. Two of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" Callers. The third was taking photos.

Callers (L) Gary Davis and (R) Bosco Bosler. Two of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” Callers. The third was taking photos.

Silent Auction table.

Silent Auction table.

Fresh Sliced Tomatoes Fresh Corn Slaw Shredded Beef Baked Beans This was the plated meal.

Fresh Sliced Tomatoes
Fresh Corn on the Cob
Slaw
Shredded Beef
Baked Beans
Roll and Butter

This was the plated meal.