Allen eats seven chops at festival

Published 11:08 am Thursday, June 14, 2012

Former Gov. George Allen, right, who this November hopes to win back his U.S. Senate seat, shares a moment with Newsoms Ruritan Club President Bruce Trew during the Virginia Pork Festival in Emporia on Wednesday. GWEN ALBERS/TIDEWATER NEWS

One day after getting 65 percent of the Republican vote to win his party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, former Gov. George Allen made a campaign stop at the Virginia Pork Festival in Emporia on Wednesday.

Allen, who is attempting to win back a seat in the Senate, stopped by the Newsoms Ruritans’ booth, where he downed seven pork loin chops.

“This alone is the worth the price of admission,” said the 60-year-old son of former NFL Coach George Allen.

Tickets were $32 for the all-you-can-eat-and-drink event at the Greensville Ruritan Club Grounds, where 43,000 pounds of pork is prepared and served annually.

Allen faces Democrat Tim Kaine, also a former Virginia governor, for the six-year term in the Senate.

In related festival matters,

Sherby Slaughter for the 10th year in row was the first to eat one of 4,000 pork chops prepared by the Newsoms Ruritans. The 72-year-old from Oxford, N.C., arrived at the booth 40 minutes prior to serving time.

“They’ve got the best in the country,” Slaughter said. “They know how to fix them.”

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