Time To Cook The Beans 
Almon Woodward gets the fire going the afternoon before the annual "Bean Hole Supper" at the Baptist Building in Fairfax, like he has for the past 27 years.
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Almon Woodward gets the fire going the afternoon before the annual "Bean Hole Supper" at the Baptist Building in Fairfax, like he has for the past 27 years.
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Al keeps adding wood to the fire to get a good bed of coals in the bottom of the pit.
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Al keeps adding wood to the fire to get a good bed of coals in the bottom of the pit.
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The pit has cinder blocks around the edge and is dug up every year.  Last year was a wet day and there was water in the bottom of the pit, but this year as you can see, the weather was perfect.
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The pit has cinder blocks around the edge and is dug up every year. Last year was a wet day and there was water in the bottom of the pit, but this year as you can see, the weather was perfect.
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Al wears a pair of heavy gloves and uses a garden hoe to stoke the fire.
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Al wears a pair of heavy gloves and uses a garden hoe to stoke the fire.
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The iron rails you see are used to hold the pots above the fire during the par-boiling process.
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The iron rails you see are used to hold the pots above the fire during the par-boiling process.
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This is definitely not a one man job.  Jim Woodward, Al's younger brother arrives to help with the lifting and remainder of the job around 4:30 in the afternoon.
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This is definitely not a one man job. Jim Woodward, Al's younger brother arrives to help with the lifting and remainder of the job around 4:30 in the afternoon.
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As you can see, the iron rails are now in place and the fire is definitely hot enough to par boil the beans.
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As you can see, the iron rails are now in place and the fire is definitely hot enough to par boil the beans.
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Al & Jim start carrying the empty heavy iron kettles down to the fire pit
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Al & Jim start carrying the empty heavy iron kettles down to the fire pit
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Jim Woodward puts one of the handles through a special bracket in one of the iron kettles -- These kettles were made a number of years ago by Dick LeClair
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Jim Woodward puts one of the handles through a special bracket in one of the iron kettles -- These kettles were made a number of years ago by Dick LeClair
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