Thursday, May 26, 2011

Green Eggs & Ham....burgers Fest in Athens, Texas

Athens, Texas is known as the home of the hamburger.  Yep, the wonderful hamburger that we all know and enjoy frequently got its start in Athens, Texas. 

But Hamburgers is not the reason we went to Athens for the very first time, it was Big Green Eggs.  We were invited to attend the very first Athens Eggfest which was being held at the Texas Freshwater Fish Hatchery just east of downtown.  The name given to the Eggfest is Green Eggs & Ham....burgers Eggfest. 

We really didn't know what to expect because we learned a few weeks before that every weekend there are 300 or more people, mostly kids, there to learn more about fish and even fish for them in one of the lakes set aside for potential fishermen and fisherwomen.

The first thing we noticed when we arrived is that the place is huge.  Not only that but it is very professionally designed with the public in mind but the entire staff is there to make sure visitors enjoy their adventure.

The reason the site was selected for an Eggfest is because the Director is an avid Egghead.  His name is Allen Forshage.  He wanted to introduce the Big Green Egg to folks in the area and what better way than to just invite them out to see and taste the Big Green Egg in action. 

Joining him in his venture was his wife, Darlean, who just happened to be the Director of Tourism for the City of Athens.  What a team they are because it wasn't long before some major players got involved.  Among them, Brookshire Grocery and Morrison Supply, a Big Green Egg Dealer. 

From the start, they didn't intend to follow the pattern set by previous Eggfests around the country, they wanted to make it bigger and better.  First of all, it had to be something that we Eggheads would have a good time participating in, and second, the public would remember the day as a fun and informative "Eggsperience."

It turned out to be that and more. 

I could go on and on but the best way to see what happened in Athens is to watch their video and look at some photos.

The video:


The photos:!/pages/Texas-Freshwater-Fisheries-Center/128462433868391

Hope to see you in Athens next year.

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