Scott and I traveled to Holland, Michigan this past weekend for TR BBQ XII. While Scott is a veteran of the event, this BBQ was my first—though it certainly won't be my last. Scott is at the Intel Developer Forum this week and tapped me to write the post-BBQ report. Challenge accepted.
By my estimate, we had just north of 40 people show up during the busiest part of the day, and a great time was had by all. I've uploaded all of my pictures in the accompanying gallery, and I've selected some highlights from the day for your enjoyment. You can also relive the day through the archived live stream on Twitch.
Our prize table, stocked with Fractal Design's Define R5 cases and an EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
It wouldn't be a TR BBQ without a cornhole tournament, and plenty of folks got in on the fun. Here we see drfish and Westbrook348 in the midst of an intense duel, while Rious looks on
After many heated battles, idchafee emerged victorious and took home the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti grand prize
thegleek took second place and chose the windowed Fractal Design Define R5 as his trophy case
FroBozz_Inc took home the Cooler Master Glacer 240L graciously donated to the prize pool by drfish
Captain Ned took home a Define R5 of his own during the prize raffle
Westbrook348 was the third lucky winner of a Define R5
As the sun went down, we moved to the beach in preparation for an up-close-and-personal fireworks display, courtesy of Shoes
While the fireworks were being set up, the kids got ahold of some LED light swords and had an epic battle in the dark
These weren't any old backyard fireworks—they were first-class. My hearing was a little worse for wear after, but the show was an amazing conclusion to the evening.
Scott took some slow-motion video of the festivities as they unfolded, which is well worth a watch—who doesn't like to see things blow up at 240 frames per second?
Our thanks once again to drfish and family for opening their lakeside cabin to the gerbil masses, to zgirl for preparing her amazing ribs, to just brew it! for sharing his home-brewed beers, to Shoes for his pyrotechnics, and to everybody else who contributed food and drink to the event. It's humbling to write for such a friendly and generous community of readers. We also thank Fractal Design and EVGA for their generous contributions to our prize pool.
If you were there and took pictures or video of something I missed, please share in the official TR BBQ XII thread. We'll see you all again next year!