Scott and my Mrs were along for the party. I think Mrs O. is starting to get into this BBQ festival thing.
This party is held at the Shady Springs Party Barn in south Austin, just east of the intersection of 71 and 183. It's a bit off the beaten path, but directions were clear and signage was everywhere.
As usual we went for the VIP tickets and showed up a bit early. A handful of folks hung around the entry area waiting for the VIP entry at 2:30 pm. Temperatures were steamy, an unusual 92 in mid-October, but we stayed in the shade most of the day and it wasn't too bad. We checked in, got our wristbands, and picked up our VIP bags then awaited the meaty opening.