The 2nd ZipperQ, otherwise known as ZipperQ2 was October 5th, and I’m proud to say that our community stood by my little guy once more.
22 Barbeque teams braved the cold and rain the night before to make some of Oklahoma’s best BBQ. Around 700 tasting kits were sold to family and friends that were able to sample as much or as little BBQ and sides as they wished.
The 700 tasting kits don’t even start to tell the amount of support that showed up. The event’s “Gates” opened at 3:00. But by 3:30 the parking at The Nut House was at capacity. Cars lined highway 66 and impromptu shuttle volunteers drove guests to and from a nearby parking lot.
Best guess says 1700-2000 people showed up that day. They showed up and the Claremore community came together. Kids played ball and had their faces painted. BBQ teams bonded. People sat on hay bales and tapped their feet to the sound of the Vikings. It really was beautiful. Or brutiful?
ZipperQ is beautiful. It’s a community coming together to support one of it’s own. It’s a bonding of young and old. New and long ago. Raising funds and awareness for FOP.
ZipperQ is brutal as well. Brutal that there is such a thing as FOP out there. That the event was started because of a need to find a cure to help my little guy. Brutal that there is no cure and our only hope is to do all we can to fund the researchers so they can continue their amazing work.
So Brutiful. Yes. That’s what ZipperQ is.
Thank you to the many volunteers, BBQ teams, Judges, people who donated auction items, the Auctioneer, and The Nut House.
Thank you to the dedicated team of ZipperQ event volunteers that took time every month for a year to come to meetings and help us plan the event.
Thank you to my friends and family whom I couldn’t do any of this without their support.
And Thank you to my Jacob who puts up with my crazy. There aren’t enough words.