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parrothead
09-23-2006, 11:34 AM
Not because it was run bad, but because of the weather. My buddy Bill and I went up to the cooks meeting as it started to sprinkle. From inside we could hear that the rain was getting heavier. We got our stuff and went to where we could see the competition area from the barn only we couldn't see the competition area. I called Bob on his cell to see if he was alright. He was in the truck and said that everything was gone. What? yep, there are no canopies standing anywhere. I'm in the truck.

The rain and wind paused for a second or two and I could see what he was talking about. Total devestation except for two or three canopies that I could see. Then it hit again and just as hard with hail. When it slowed back down, the remaining canopies that had been standing were down as well.

All of the ez-ups were flattened or gone. The hercules canopies were just gonepicked up whole and thrown past the trees that were there. No sign of them. A couple of smashed wind shields, and a report of a cutting board lodged in the door of a camper.

The team behind us said they were bugging out. We set about picking up and gauging what needed to be done. about 15 minutes into this it started getting dark and we decided that we were going to bail as well as there was forecast for more of the same throughout the next day. Our charcoal and wood was dry so I found some teams that had sopping wet charcoal and wood and distributed it to them.

In all I think 5 of the 25 left. I wish them all the best of luck.

Tom the contest organizer felt horrible and did what he could. He apoligized a lot, even though we all knew it wasn't his fault. He had done a good job on everything so far that we had seen and we will return next year if they do it again.

Wish I would have gotten a few more pictures, especially of the port a pottie mess and the newly formed river running through camp.

The_Kapn
09-23-2006, 11:41 AM
Greg,

Your words from the other thread were prophetic.

"Get ready for rain guys! Did you get the e-mail from the organizer?

Getting ready to pull out of here soon.
__________________
Greg"

Glad no one was hurt!!

What a shame.

TIM

chad
09-23-2006, 11:44 AM
Man, that's rough!

We've had a bit of "weather" a couple of events but haven't lost anything or had to bail out!!

This is just one of the things you can "plan" for but just have to go into survival mode when it happens.

MilitantSquatter
09-23-2006, 11:48 AM
That sucks Greg...my apologies...

All those canopies got mangled... Looks like you'll need to do some new contest equipment shopping...

bbqbull
09-23-2006, 12:15 PM
Greg, so..............damned glad you and Bob are safe. Coulda been a whole lot worse. Like the others said ya cant control Mother Nature.

Mike

Jeff_in_KC
09-23-2006, 12:17 PM
Ouch! Son of a beeeeeyotch!!!! That's insane! Never seen anything like that before. I'm speechless. Glad no one was hurt in all that! Everything OK at home, Greg?

Harbormaster
09-23-2006, 12:20 PM
What a bummer! Thanks for posting though, as it gives some of us competitor wannabes things to prepare for. What a mess.

parrothead
09-23-2006, 12:25 PM
Ouch! Son of a beeeeeyotch!!!! That's insane! Never seen anything like that before. I'm speechless. Glad no one was hurt in all that! Everything OK at home, Greg?

Not a drop back home.

Jeff_in_KC
09-23-2006, 12:32 PM
I'm glad I'm not competing this weekend... lots of guys around here are dealing with cold and wind and lots of rain earlier this morning. Got a call from Mokan Wayne around 8am this morning and could hear lots of rain pelting his hercules in the background.

Smoker
09-23-2006, 12:53 PM
Notice the rainbow in the first picture.

butts
09-23-2006, 12:54 PM
Thanks for the post. I guess the lesson is that we should all "be prepared". I'm always amazed at contests that people don't even bother to stake their tents down, or use the bucket method.

BTW: EZ-UPS are way over rated for the money. I have one that looks like yours (the worst part is that the company won't even respond to my warranty e-mails). It lost it's life in a rain storm while "airing out" in my back yard. My $50 tent has lived through several storms and it's still standing.

SmokeInDaEye
09-23-2006, 01:29 PM
That's ome scary stuff, Greg. Thank good ness no one was hurt but the flying tents, etc. There's some major storms happening today according to the CNN homepage. Hope everyone stays safe.

SmokeInDaEye
09-23-2006, 01:34 PM
http://image.weather.com/images/maps/tropical/spec_trop6_277x187.jpg (http://www.weather.com/maps/news/forecastsummary/severeoutbreakcontinues_large.html?from=wxcenter_m aps)

bbqjoe
09-23-2006, 02:16 PM
That's not a bad day.

That's a farkin disaster!!!

TexasGuppie
09-23-2006, 03:46 PM
BTW: EZ-UPS are way over rated for the money. I have one that looks like yours (the worst part is that the company won't even respond to my warranty e-mails).

When my two new 12'x12' EZ-ups were destroyed by straight-line winds this past 4th of July, EZ-Up told me to return them to the Academy Sporting Goods store where I bought them for a FULL REFUND OR EXCHANGE, no questions asked.

I was in and out with two new ones in the box in 15 minutes. The Manager at Academy said, "If it happens again, just bring 'em back and we'll do it again."

Some things in my life go m-u-c-h smoother than others!

Ken

Sawdustguy
09-23-2006, 04:21 PM
Glad you are okay Greg! You can always buy another canopy but you can't buy another you. I am sure glad nobody got hurt.

Rickwieser
09-23-2006, 05:06 PM
Glad you are OK. My second competition was at sedalia in 2003. We braved nickle dime and quarter size hail. Rain was running 4 inched deep through my camp. we were constantly dumping the water off the ez up. Several ez ups collapsed from the weight of water. then along came a micro burst with 85 mile an hr winds and wiped out everyone and everything. My ez up was wasted. My neighbors was wasted His smoker was on its side and his pork butts were floating in the 4 inches of water running through the site. I kept trying to tell myself that I was having FUN Many left for home and quit and I cant blame them. We didnt. We were winners whether our name was called or not. I got my first call there and finished in 10th place overall. Ive been hooked since. I still have that huge trophy that stands a whole 4 inches high that says 10th overall.

SloppyQ
09-23-2006, 05:54 PM
Glad everyone is ok, that's something I don't think you can prepare for.
Weather in MOFO land was bad too, but we missed it all (Lucky), torpeders started just to our east yesterday glad we didn't get that but could have used the rain.

Lee (SloppyQ)

jpw23
09-23-2006, 06:25 PM
Glad you're ok.....could have been a lot worse!!

BrooklynQ
09-23-2006, 10:42 PM
Glad everyone's OK, but I don't see a problem. The site looks like the average poohbah cooking area. :shock: :twisted: :mrgreen:

FatDaddy
09-24-2006, 12:12 AM
When my two new 12'x12' EZ-ups were destroyed by straight-line winds this past 4th of July, EZ-Up told me to return them to the Academy Sporting Goods store where I bought them for a FULL REFUND OR EXCHANGE, no questions asked.

I was in and out with two new ones in the box in 15 minutes. The Manager at Academy said, "If it happens again, just bring 'em back and we'll do it again."

Some things in my life go m-u-c-h smoother than others!

Ken hell i wish i would have known that. i threw one in the garbage july 4th of 05 after we had a storm move through after my bbq and party at my house. walked out the next morning . **** everywhere.. canapy half out out my back pasture mangled all to hell.. beat it into submission with a sledge hammer to get it to fit in the back of my truck. sorry bout the weather ruining the comp and all your gear!!

Ron_L
09-24-2006, 03:33 AM
That sucks! Like everyone else said, I'm glad that you guys are OK, but the twisted mess of canopies is frightening.

Apparently my flight on Friday left just before the storms hit the Chicago area. When I laded in Frankfurt and called my wife she told me that there was water up to her knees in the street and our pool was overflowing. No damage except for a lot of water, fortunately.

Sorry I missed all of the excitement! :)

rbinms33
09-24-2006, 08:28 AM
Sorry about your stuff getting trashed but glad nobody got hurt. Very cool thing you did with the charcoal and wood.

MrSmoker
09-24-2006, 08:44 AM
What a mess Greg,glad nobody got hurt. very nice brethren gesture with the charcoal and wood.

2Fat
09-24-2006, 04:17 PM
darn dude that looks like hell!!! That is one of the many reasons why I bought a new trailer!

good luck

Buzz

voodoobbqIL
09-25-2006, 08:13 AM
Report after the storm / contest.

We decided to stay but completley tore down and moved to higher ground. Of 25 teams wiht most having some sort of tent shelter only 1 was left when the storm passed. Luckily I had family in the area and they brought out a shiny 36' RV for us to set up camp around.

the fact that no one was was hurt or worse is amazing, I think if we had not been in the cooks meeting there would have been injuries.

My wife and uncle were in our space during the storm, my wife and I do corporate and sporting events for a living, one of which was during a hurricane and she said it was a very close second to that experience. Our tents were strapped to the smoker and our SUV. there was no real way to stop the wind from grabbing everything and snapping it like small toys.

the contest was good overall and I will be glad to go back next year. I am sorry that everyone lost their tents, and other belongins but at least no one was hurt.

I guess this is good news for the EZ-UP folks.

SinginBob
09-25-2006, 08:58 AM
We had a similar cataclysm last year (2005) in Emporia, KS. Lost two E-Z ups in a matter of seconds! Nobody standing under them, thank goodness! The Margarita machine survived, however, so we were fine!

Glad you made it through unharmed!

scottyd
09-25-2006, 09:05 AM
darn dude that looks like hell!!! That is one of the many reasons why I bought a new trailer!

good luck

Buzz

Who builds trailers like this?? Where are they made? and how do I get ahold of one. new or used. Scotty D

2Fat
09-25-2006, 03:29 PM
Who builds trailers like this?? Where are they made? and how do I get ahold of one. new or used. Scotty D

S&S Trailers Des Moines

obviously buying this one from Jumpin Jim--gonna have about 8' enclosed with about 8' left for cooking, dancing etc!!
Buzz

ique
09-25-2006, 05:41 PM
S&S Trailers Des Moines

obviously buying this one from Jumpin Jim--gonna have about 8' enclosed with about 8' left for cooking, dancing etc!!
Buzz


Buzz, help me out. How did you convinve Lori to let you buy a new trailer before you sold the old one??

2Fat
09-25-2006, 05:58 PM
You are supposed to ask???<bfg> We actually did discuss the trailer but she doesn't know about the deal I'm trying to make on another cooker!

PimpSmoke
09-25-2006, 08:30 PM
Damn,

Greg, Voodoo, Glad noone got hurt. Wish I coulda been there to help.

Bigdog
09-26-2006, 01:28 PM
We had a similar cataclysm last year (2005) in Emporia, KS. Lost two E-Z ups in a matter of seconds! Nobody standing under them, thank goodness! The Margarita machine survived, however, so we were fine!

Glad you made it through unharmed!
Yep. I witnessed that one. Saw the whole thing develop as I drove it. Saw the wall cloud and rotation. That was a micro burst. Limited damage. Yours was one of the hardest hit as I remember. And yes, thank God the margarita machine was fine, although it did keep blowing breakers.