As we head into another CMA Music Fest, the event formerly known as Fan Fair, I thought you might get a kick out of a Facebook post from the man who founded the PoFolks restaurant chain back in the late seventies.
His name is Malcolm Hare, and he really brought back some memories with what he wrote. I can only hope the statute of limitations has run out!
Read and enjoy:
HOWDY!!…. “THROWBACK WEDNESDAY”… (Couldn’t Wait!) …. MY FIRST FAN FAIR We Had Just Moved The Headquarters Of Po Folks Inc-And Ourselves- From Anderson, SC To Nashville, TN. And, We Had Just Hired Bill Anderson To Be Our Spokesperson. FanFair- As It Was Known Then, Was Held Downtown At The Municipal Auditorium. (Before It Moved To The Fairgrounds. Before It Moved Back Downtown and Changed It’s Name) Anyway, Bill Had A Booth And We Wanted Everyone To Know About His New Connection To Po Folks. So We Converted 2 large Deep Fat Fryers To Propane And Put Them In The Back Of A Pick-Up Truck. We Parked The Truck Out Back Behind The Auditorium And Battered, Breaded And Fried Chicken Drummettes… LOTS Of Them! All Day This First Day Of Fan Fair We Kept The Counter At Bill’s Booth Full Of Frie Chicken. The Aroma Brought Everone Inside To Bill’s Booth And The TASTE Kept Bringing Them Back! We Cooked Chicken In The Back Of That Truck All Day! The Connection Between Po Folks And Bill Anderson Was Now Established- As Was The Reputation Of Our Great Fried Chicken! The Day Was A Great Success. It Had Started Raining Late In The Day And Continued Raining All Night. Bill’s Fan Club Had Arranged A Dinner That Evening And We Were Invited. Got To Sit At The Table With The Great Dick Clark And Had A Great Time Talking, Eating And Drinkin’ Jack Daniels!… But WAIT – Here’s Where This Story Gets Good! When We Finished Cooking All That Chicken, We Had About 80 Lbs. Of Used- Up Hot Liquid Grease. When We Came Downtown That Morning, We Did Not Fill Up The Fryers W/shortening Until We Were Parked. And We Couldn’t Try To Drive Back With The Hot Grease In The Fryers. So, Our Cooking Crew Decided To Pour It Into The Large Dumpster Behind The Auditorium. They Were Tired, So I Don’t Know If They Didn’t Think Or Didn’t Care That The Dumpster Did Not Have A Plug So That Rain-And Other Liquids (Think Liquid Shortening) Could Drain Out The Bottom. Well Sir, The Next Day There Was A Motorcade Scheduled For That Morning Coming To The Auditorium . I Know The Mayor Was Involved-Maybe The Governor! It Had Continued Raining All Night And Was Just Stopping As The Motorcade Led By 2 Rows Of Three Wide Motorcycle Police Turned The Corner Onto The Street That Was Covered In A Mixture Of Grease From The Dumpster And The Rain. ALL SIX Of Those Bikes Skidded And Went Down… Cops And All! It Was Quite A Mess!. Fortunately For Po Folks And Bill Anderson No One Connected Us To The Spill. The Pick-Up And The Fryers Were Back On Nolensville Road At The Po Folks There. The Vendors Working Inside The Auditorium Got The Blame And We Kept Our Mouths Shut. That Was My First AND LAST Fan Fair!!!