An annual event draws many different politicians to Alachua County

The aroma of slow-roasted pork permeates Legacy Park as guests, attendees and vendors alike make their way into one of the most important political gatherings in the state of Florida.

The Alachua County Republican Executive Committee (REC) hosts the Ronald Reagan Black Tie and Blue Jean Barbeque annually. For the last several years, this event has been held in the newly constructed Legacy Park Multipurpose Center in Alachua.

This year marked the 21st annual Black Tie and Blue Jean Barbeque and dawned a special guest appearance from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who is considered a leading Vice-Presidential running mate

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