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FL Sunshine Fest Thurs. & Fri. (heavy pics)

reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
edited 6:25AM in EggHead Forum
Many thanks to Bubba Tim, Little Chef & Pork Butt Mike for a fantastic fest. Also a special thanks to Flapoolman, Mainegg and her husband Neil for all their behind the scenes work. It was hands down the BEST fest we've EVER attended. The setting was breathtaking, and the hotel was beautiful and the staff couldn't do enough for us. I can only imagine how many hours were put into planning this event. It was so well organized. We had 13 of our family members there. Mainegg was gracious enough to offer to have her parents drive my mother-in-law up for the fest with them on Sat. I hadn't told any of the family members, including my husband, Del that she was coming and they were all so surprised to see her. They couldn't believe how friendly and wonderful all the eggheads are.

All in all it was a fabulous weekend and we hated to see it come to an end.

6am Thurs. morning waiting for our flight.


Fri. lunch at Ichabads. Left to right, Little Steven, Zippylip, Mainegg, Neil, Vidalia1, Ginny, Sparky, Scott, Susan, Teresa, Paula, eenie meenie, Big 'un. There was a table behind them with about 8 other people. It was a great time.


Flapoolman & Little Steven


eenie meenie admiring RichardFL's hat. :)


Zippylip & Mainegg


Poor Rory, everyone had gotten their food and all he had was his placemat.


Paula (Little Steven's sister) and Rory (Big'uns son)


Sparky, GB Packers Fan, Big'un, Little Steven, & Zippy Lip


After lunch it was time to restock the beverages from the Thurs. night. late night bash.


Little Steven contemplating buying a "Gopher" :)


Loading up our car


GB Packers Fan & Zippylip


1st time eggfesters (SIL Brenda, Kathy, Laura (nieces)


Fri, nights prep party....We had 2 doctors at the fest. Pictured here are eenie meenie and lowercase bill. Rebecca was my neighbor during the fest and we had adjoining rooms which was fun. Both rooms and ktichens were full of people helping prep food for Sat.


Prep party Fri. night. Sparky and I with Little Steven's Canadian flag.


Richard FL and GB Packers Fan


Eggin Dawg, Sparky and Little Steven



eenie meenie getting some vitamin C in for the day


eenie meenie prepping her Korean ribs with some help from lowercase bill



eenie meenie and GB Packers Fan


eenie meenie, Little Steven, lowercase bill, Main Egg & reelgem


Mainegg, Norma (Little Steven's wife) & reelgem


Little Steven's hands were full so Sparky gave him a hand :)



My niece Josie and Little Steven's daughter, Brianna


More prep party


The 2 doctors.....eenie meenie and lowercase bill


reelgem, mainegg, Little Chef, eenie meenie, Shuree, and (sorry but I can't remember her name)


My niece Laura, Little Chef, my nephew David, GB Packers Fan and Little Steven.



  • YBYB Posts: 3,861
    Nice pictures Anne.Looks like everyone had a great time.

  • Great pictures Anne. Thank you (and Del) for being such gracious hosts and letting squatters :blush: roam in and out of your room all weekend! :lol:

  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    What a great bunch of pictures!!! LOL And all I remember about helping Steven prep was him moaning about butta' ooohhhh the Butta' A'?.....
  • BENTEBENTE Posts: 8,337
    at least ted and sparkey stuck the "tounge out" pose :P

    really sorry i missed it

    happy eggin


    Anderson S.C.

    "Life is too short to be diplomatic. A man's friends shouldn't mind what he does or says- and those who are not his friends, well, the hell with them. They don't count."

    Tyrus Raymond Cobb

  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Thanks Anne :)

    Great buncha pics ;)
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    You had as much family there as we did in Tempe, nice pics! -RP
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    Great pics Anne, every time I saw Del's mom she had a big smile.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    Of course she did :evil:



    Caledon, ON


  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    She had a great time Pat. I think alot of it had to do with Little Steven. :)
    It was great seeing you and thank you for everything you did. The Bloody Mary's were a big hit, they were fantastic as always.
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    Steve, Del's mom just LOVES you. She's called us a few times since she left the fest and couldn't believe how nice everyone was.....especially Steve. You really made her day.
    Sorry we couldn't hook up for lunch. It was a little bit of a whir wind when we woke up Sunday. Hope you're enjoying your cruise. Say goodbye to Norma, Paula and Brianna from us. What a weekend. :)
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    Anne...simply the best group............Felicidades!!
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    Beli, I wish you and Lauren could've been there. Valeria would've loved it too. Next year I hope you're able to make it. :)
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    We had a great time too. Glad to have been able to spend some time with you.
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    That was fun, probably the most fun I've had prepping food. Between Rebecca's room and our room it was so much fun. It was so nice of you to help Steve pound his meat. LOL!!! :woohoo:
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    We tried to get Steven to stick his out too but he said his is too little. :)
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    I think I beat you on that one Randy, we had 13 including Del and I. Wish you and Kim could've been there.
  • Now I am stuck with all you guys as brothers. My Mom actually told me she is going to adopt all of you. I haven't broke the news to my brother Lee, who lives in N.C. She really loves all of you. What a blast we all had. I am so glad she got to meet everyone. She said she has a bigger family than ever now.
  • Honey, great job on the pictures and post. I had a GREAT weekend with you and suprising me with getting Mom there was way over the top. That meant so much to me. We also finally had an opportunity for her to meet all our Egghead friends. She had such a great time and now has added them all to our family. That's why your such a Sweetheart, you're always doing things like that. I can't wait until our next Fest.
  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    Heavy pics again? LOL Pic heavy, glad you had a great time.

  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,393
    Anne and Del, it was great meeting you! Next time, you'll have to request a better neighbor when you check in, lol.

    I don't know what I would have done without you two and the prep party crew. Everyone was awesome! It would have been so boring to prep by myself. By comparison, I imagine Little Steven would have had a good time with his particular prep even if he were alone :evil: . It's a good thing he and Norma are on a cruise so he can't defend himself.
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    I'm glad I was able to pull that one off without you finding out. Your mom was so cute and she really wanted to surprise everyone. I know she had a great time and loved meeting all of our friends. OKC is next up. :) Love you and thanks for the great weekend.
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    It was great getting to meet you Rebecca. We'll have to book the same rooms again for next year. What a blast. Watch out, Steve is lurking from the cruise, he's posted a few times. Sorry to hear about your luggage. Did you get it back yet?
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,393
    Anne, my luggage just arrived (Pat tried to stymie it's return so I wouldn't get my camera back)! I might get around to posting tomorrow. Have a good night. :)
  • AnnaGAnnaG Posts: 1,104
    Thanks for sharing the pics, Anne!!! Looks like everybody had a wonderful time... Very cool!!! :)
  • Again Anne great pic's you covered the fest well

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