Ok, here's what has been going on. About 48 hours ago the OKC Fire Chief enacted a very strict burn ban for Oklahoma City. We were told we would have to cancel the fest since charcoal cooking was not allowed in the city limits due to the recent dry weather and several serious wildfires.
Due to the efforts of several people, most notably Scott at Everything BBQ and Tommy Evans from Eagle Rub, we have obtained an exception and the fest will go on as planned Saturday from 9 to 3. Everybody needs to give these guys a big hug and a pat on the back because they went to bat to ensure everything continued on as planned. As a concession, we will have 2 OKC Firemen on site throughout the day in case there are any emergencies.
The only change in plans we have to make is no cooking on the grill at the after party back at the La Quinta. I suggest we throw the after party food on at the end of the fest, wrap it up in foil and break it out that night. The after party is still a go and we will get rowdy, just no grilling after the fest shuts down following Iron Egg Chef. We can also order some pizza, bring some snacks and go to town.
The OKC Fire Department is not messing around with this ban so it is a small concession in the grand scheme of things.
Everything else is good to go...golf, the meet and greet, the class schedule, etc... remain unchanged.
If anybody has any questions, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see you guys this weekend!
Fest starts tomorrow night at 7 PM at Mama Roja for Margaritas. See ya!
Chris (Snoopy Dog Dog)