. | Lauren Estes Velez

Bama Q takes over Hartselle

Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

Much of the downtown Hartselle area  was lined with cooks, attendees or barbecue units on Saturday for the Cotton Pickin BBQ festival.

This invited one man to share what he was doing at the event.

Bama-Q show Producer Michael Smith was present to help include Hartselle in being one of their filmed show’s centerpieces.

“What we do is Bama-Q follows championship BBQ teams and we follow 8-9 pro teams,” Smith said. “At Hartselle we started Friday night and filmed through awards. The Bama-Q show that will air on dish channel 266 starting late August or early September.”

Smith said  Hartselle will have it’s own segment or show during the 13 part series.

“It should be the fifth or sixth or 6 show during the series series,” Smith said. “It will air weekly on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.”

There are several towns on Smith’s agenda for upcoming events to cover.

“Some of the events include Smoke in the falls in Gadsden, whistle stop in Huntsville, barber-que in Leeds at the motor speedway,” Smith said. “We will be in Decatur for the Riverfest on September 16 too.”

Smith said for many events, they will film for 3-4 hours to more before they have enough footage to make their show material.

“On Saturday, we covered six teams pro team, and we have crew members that is following those six teams as they cook, turn in food, trash talk other teams, have any problems they might encounter, any of that. We also interview some local people to get a feel for the town. This time we interviewed Chamber President Danielle Gibson, who did a great job.”

Another purpose of the show is filming the town, and showing viewers information about each community these events are held in.

“We also want to show off Alabama and the towns that we visit,” Smith said. “Alabama barbecue Association is a huge part of it all. They are the fundraising mechanism for the show.They help people further their membership.

The reason the show came to be was because of ABA. I had called the president of the ABA,and we kept discussing the idea, and talked about it again at another BBQ event. We ended up presenting the idea to other members and they agreed. They are the total mechanics behind the funding and success of the show.”

Hartselle’s BBQ episode will air as the fifth or sixth episode in the 13-part series. Smith said was was so distinctive about Hartselle in comparing it to other communities was the people.

“What stuck out the most was probably the people; Danielle is just awesome and everyone was extremely nice,” Smith said. “The event was in a centralized place and having the Freight House restaurant so close was really cool. It was just a great area and great people to work with.”

The Host of the show will be Lisa blackwell alongside Producer Michael Smith.

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