prune picker

This is the blog of a prune picker. (Native born Californian) Retired oilfield. I am an old man. (91) I blog a lot about my body and getting old. As I approach death life gets more interesting. More interesting is not good. I still drive. I attend sports, music, and civic events. I am writing my memoirs. I attend swim class three times a week. Some of my blogs might be interesting. A lot of my blogs are silly and trivial. None are very long.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beanless Bean Fest.

How could a person go to the Bean Fest in Mountain View, Arkansas and not get one bean? Well the Old PrunePicker did just that. Sue and Jewette Farley drove me 300 miles into the mountains of North Arkansas and put me up in one of their lovely cabins. The fires under the bean pots were scheduled to be lit at 7 am Saturday morning. I asked Jewette to drop me off at the bean pot area at a quarter to seven. I sat in my chair and watched the bean cooking crews arrive. At seven the fires were lit and the crews started stirring the beans.

Each crew had a pot, stirring stick, and burner.

Notice the number of pots (20 or more). Would you think that they could run out of beans? (Pic taken Friday evening)

Well they did run out! I was watching music a short distance away. I left the music and went to the bean area 45 min after the scheduled start of serving (to be cool and avoid a long line). Last year they had beans left over. The weather was bad and many people did not show up. This year the weather was great and the crowd was huge! Incidentally the beans and cornbread are free. If you get there in time. I was way too late. They had served all the beans and were cleaning the pots for next year!

A little cornbread was left.

Not many beans!


  1. Next year just BYOB,,,,bring your own beans!


  2. So that is what BYOB stands for? I will know next year!


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