You know Al, if you don't have anything better to do that weekend, YOU
could be a participant! Just throw Janet and The Boys into the car and hightail it north. Sorry, Freddy's is closed on Sundays, so no precook-off snack.
I think most of The Contingent
(whaddaya think of the name, Al?) are planning to be there. From what I've read so far the only absolute no shows are quijote and irisarbor. We haven't heard from Gyp or annpeeples yet, but other than that I think we're all accounted for. The list, as near as I can figure at 2:30am, includes JRPfeff (our host), X1, MilwFoodlovers, chicagostyledog, stricken_detective, ChuckL50, Brad Olson, abe froeman, Mr. Maki, nocarolina, ChiTownDiner (we've got our fingers crossed), and BuddyRoadhouse (hey, that's me!). If I left anyone off the list, feel free to humiliate me in public. Naturally there will be significant others and/or friends accompanying most of these folks. I believe JRPfeff has also invited some of his non-Roadfood pals over to help "remove" some brats.
I don't think you'll get an absolutely complete list of entrants until after the event. Based on what I'm reading here, folks may walk in with a surprise entry or two from some little butcher shop out in the middle of nothing.
I'm not sure what JRP's methodology will be in judging the encased meats, but he's a pretty sharp guy and I know he's been thinking about this for a while. Jim, care to share how we're going to do this?
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