No bones about it! Chickin’ Pickin’ winner is home-grown

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Under the watchful eye of Mountaire Farms’ judge Roger Marino, Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons picks away in the Chickin’ Pickin’ contest at the Boro Bash. At right is State Rep. Rich Collins, among the celebrity/elected official contestants.

MILLSBORO – Robert Smith is an ex-meat cutter.

Saturday afternoon, the 33-year-old Millsboro resident butchered – albeit by a few ounces – the competition in Mountaire Farms’ Chickin’ Pickin’ by picking and meshing his way to the $500 first prize.

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No bones about it: Robert Smith of Millsboro celebrates his victory in Mountaire Farms’ Chickin’ Pickin’ Saturday at the Boro Bash.

“About once a week my wife gets a rotisserie chicken from Food Lion,” said Mr. Smith. “My job was to pick the chicken when it was dinner time – and I’ve become pretty good at it.”

Wearing a Washington Redskins hat for good luck, Mr. Smith’s 6.29 pounds of shredded, skinless and boneless cooked roaster meat edged out Paula Baker and Sandy Thielemann in Chickin’ Pickin’s all-Millsboro finals staged during the Boro Bash, presented by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce.

To celebrate, Mr. Smith headed off to Messy Marvin’s BBQ “to feed my family and anybody else that wants to get in line – with the winnings.”

Ms. Baker pocketed the second-place prize of $300 and Ms, Thielemann received $200. Prize money was donated by Mountaire Farms.

While Boro Bash was staged at Millsboro Little League complex, Salisbury resident Mark Simulus was in heaven.

A self-proclaimed Back to the Future movie series fanatic, Mr. Simulus was mesmerized by Boro Bash’s marquee attraction – the DeLorean time machine. His wife Anna coaxed him into attending Boro Bash, with no mention of DeLorean.

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Back to the Future movie fanatic Mark Simulus of Salisbury sits with daughter Clara in the DeLorean time machine. At right is Matt Bell, portraying Marty McFly.

“I have seen every movie more than enough times that I can quote them chapter and verse,” said Mr. Simulus. “I have seen every movie in the theater. I have them on video, DVD and Blu-Ray.”

The DeLorean on hand at Boro Bash was actually in the movie series, used as a prop, according to Matt Bell, who is pretty much a dead ringer for actor Michael J. Fox, who played Marty McFly in the Back to the Future series.

Mr. Bell, whose travel plans include an upcoming trip to London, said the DeLorean – complete with all of the movie gadgetry and accessories – drew plenty of attention.

Ms. Simulus was literally breathless as he touched and sat in the DeLorean, holding 2-year-old daughter Clara – who just happens to be named for a Back to the Future character.

“She is named after the character Clara Clayton in Back to the Future III, the character that Doc Brown marries at the end of the movie,” said Mr. Simulus. “No joke; her name is Clara, named after the character.”

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Tommy Agnetti, 13, of Millsboro hangs wet laundry in the Redneck Challenge at Millsboro’s Boro Bash.

Mr. Simulus, 33, will not be at work as his social worker job this Oct. 21.

“I have taken the day, October 21, 2015 off work this year. That is the day that the time machine travels to into the future in Back to the Future II. I am spending the entire day celebrating Back to the Future,” said Mr. Simulus. “I have waited for that day for 25 years since I saw Back to the Future II in the theater. I am going to remember this day for the rest of my life. This is a dream come true.”

Boro Bash featured a variety of activities, contests and entertainment, including the Trinidad North Steel Drum Band, Redneck Challenge, Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular, a Kidz Korner and four bands – Southern Delaware School of the Arts’ rock band Twice Removed; Dirt Road Outlawz; Over Time; and Bo Dickerson.

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Andy McCoy of Millsboro is the “guinea pig” for an experiment during the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular at the Boro Bash. Stars of the science-based comedy act are Dr. Cletus Beaker, center, and Professor Choo Choo Peterson.

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