We beat the heat for food and fun at the “second-10th” TR BBQ

TR gerbils from around the country scurried to Holland, Michigan this past weekend to take part in the "second-10th" TR BBQ. Though this was only my second time at the event, Colton "drfish" Westrate and his family are battle-hardened veterans at showing the rest of us a good time, and the BBQ is already a high point of my year. While a few regulars couldn't make it this time, it was great to hang out with some new blood. Hopefully we didn't scare those folks away with our antics.

All told, I'd guess that over 50 people braved the 90-degree-plus heat to eat zgirl's sublime ribs with us at the BBQ's busiest point, making the second-10th BBQ one of the better-attended ones yet. drfish really pulled out all the stops this year to ensure that TR readers could join us virtually, as well—his Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera saw to that. We've already reviewed the excellent wireless networking gear that Asus sent us to provide coverage across the entire BBQ site, and I can confirm that it was up to the task of keeping us wired into the outside world even when cellular connectivity failed.

I was too busy tearing into ribs to take pictures of the food, but our former editor-in-chief Scott "Damage" Wasson was on site and had the presence of mind to get some snaps (and video) of the grilling and the resultant ribs.

Once we were all suitably full of ribs, we kicked off the traditional cornhole tournament. I was destroyed in the first round of the event—so much the better for taking pictures. I really need to haul my set of boards out of the shed and actually practice some for next year.

Some of our competitors intently focus on putting beanbags in holes.

The final four duke it out

After a grueling march through the brackets, Josh S. emerged victorious over frequent champion zgirl and took home a sweet set of G.Skill DDR4 memory.

zgirl got one of the awesome 3D-printed trophies that drfish whipped up for this event, but she graciously gave up her spot in the prize order so that TR forum mod Dposcorp and fourth-place winner idchafee could have their pick of keyboards from Corsair and Cooler Master.

Thanks to our sponsors for those great prizes. We also ensured that newcomer chubbyhorse would be back next year by awarding him the prestigious Wasson Cup. We look forward to seeing where his travels take him with this prized trophy.

Once the cornhole championship concluded, we moved to the beach overlook for the traditional firing of potatoes into Lake Michigan, courtesy of Captain Ned's sophisticated spud delivery device.

Dposcorp hauled out a palletload of new and pre-loved hardware for gerbils' perusal during our traditional swap meet.

Since we had a bubble machine and a large-scale bubble-maker at hand, the only logical thing to do was combine those two things to put bubbles inside a bigger bubble.

As the sun set, we watched a huge thunderstorm roll in over Lake Michigan. Despite some intermittent rain showers, we forged ahead and carted Shoes' gigantic fireworks haul down to the beach for a quick show before breaking camp.

Our thanks once again to drfish and family for the tons of prep work and opening their lakeside cabin to the masses, to zgirl for feeding us with her delicious ribs, and to all the TR community members who made the trip. It was great hanging out and talking with all of you. Thanks also to Corsair, G.Skill, and Cooler Master for sending us prizes for our cornhole tournament, and to Asus for sending us that awesome wireless networking gear. We hope to see everybody again next year.

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    • chubbyhorse
    • 3 years ago

    Oh the plans I have for that little “cup”

    • Unknown-Error
    • 3 years ago


    Brings tears to my eyes….

    wish I could have been there….

    • Krogoth
    • 3 years ago


    • Dposcorp
    • 3 years ago

    I am uploading random raw photos and videos.

    • SoM
    • 3 years ago

    Awesome pix

    i’m happy you gerbils had fun

    • sweatshopking
    • 3 years ago

    Please move closer to me so i can come. You’ll all be happier if i do. And you can see how mellow and calm I am in REAL LIFE

      • chubbyhorse
      • 3 years ago

      Do you use a megaphone when you talk to simulate caps? :p

    • drfish
    • 3 years ago

    BTW, notably missing from the group photo is my awesome sister who finished supplying the entire BBQ with cotton candy before the photo was taken. She was cleaning it up when the photo was taken and the herd of gerbils was already dispersing when I noticed. Sorry sis!

    Also missing is Ian’s wife and a bunch of kids that ran back down to the beach as soon as their cotton candy was consumed.

    It was a great turn out!

    [i<]Edit: Lol, also notably missing from the photo is mrsfish! It was too hot to bring Ellie out to the BBQ this year so Stacy had to leave early to take care of her at home when the nurse had to leave.[/i<]

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    I’m not fond of dogs but that dog made me giggle. What a funny dog!

      • Captain Ned
      • 3 years ago

      That would be Turbo.

        • drfish
        • 3 years ago

        First the front page of [url=http://imgur.com/gallery/A6veX<]imgur[/url<], now TR, what's next?

    • drfish
    • 3 years ago

    Man, it’s weird to be the one posing with the tourney winners and their trophies instead of Scott.

    Thanks again to everyone, I couldn’t do it without you all pitching in! An especially big thank you to zgirl and shoes for food and fireworks duties.

    Oh, and sorry about the rain, I’ll figure out how to stop that by next year. 😉

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      Oh that’s easy!


      • kvndoom
      • 3 years ago

      Just kindly ask Cobra Commander to borrow his weather dominator.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    I am thrilled a good time was had by all and that the weather coordinated! Congratulations to the winners!

    I need to figure out a road trip up there with some of the local gerbils.

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