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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

I had been working all day in the Driggs, Franklin and Swan Valley area of Idaho and was invited to drive the short distance to Jackson Hole to enjoy an evening at the Bar J Chuckwagon Supper and Western Show. I heard wonderful things about the event and was eagerly anticipating it.

I was fortunate to arrive early so I could chat with Scott Humphrey. His father, Babe, was planning to join us but got delayed. Babe is called "trail boss" of the Bar J Wranglers and is a successful cowboy singer. After more than 50 years in the western music business with stints in the Grand Ole' Opry, TNN and hundreds of performances all over the world, Babe is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement.

Scott, Babe's oldest son, has been with the Bar J Wranglers for more than 20 years. His brother, Bryan, joined the family business in 1989 and has a great lead voice with dynamic yodeling talent and also provides the show with a dose of comic relief.

Scott told me that the Bar J Chuckwagon is now in its 32nd season. Performances are every night of the week from Memorial Day until the end of September, and every night people start lining up before the gates open at 5:30 p.m. The dinner bell rings at 7 p.m. I was so impressed with the food and the expeditious way it is served. Entrée choices include barbecue beef, a chicken and barbecue combo, chicken, pork rib or rib-eye steak.

The dining process goes so smoothly! After a greeting and instruction from Bryan, all diners are eating within 20 minutes. The food is ample and delicious! All meals include baked potatoes, beans, biscuits, applesauce, spice cake, coffee and lemonade. Joined by Tim Hodgson, Donnie Cook and Danny Rogers, Scott and Bryan serenade diners. The performance emulates the cowboys who rode the western range in the 1800s.

The musicians at the Bar J Chuckwagon provide great music, many laughs and an outstanding evening of family entertainment.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

Bar J Chuckwagon PO Box 220 Wilson, WY 83014 307-733-3370

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