Brace yo' selves. It's time for that wonderful convergence on our Fair City-- the one we used to call the Red River Shootout, but now in gentler times we hail as the impending Red River Rivalry. It will clog our highways with Oklahomans, Austinites and respective alums from far and wide for three days of power drinking. All you can do is embrace it, and the best way to do that is to hunker down at a great party, shake your fist in the air and abuse the short-lived run of booze specials. Texas? Oklahoma? We don't judge. Here's a party list that will let you don your burnt orange or crimson and cream. (Go ahead and click the event titles for more information.)
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Texas-Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shoot Out: Pitmasters from both sides of the state line rev up their grills for a smokin' good time. Check out the competition as Cliff Payne (2011 Event Champion) from Cousin's in Fort Worth battles Lance Kirkpatrick (Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Austin), Kelly Duncan (Big Daddy's in Lavon), Rev. Jeremiah McKenzie (Baby J's BBQ & Fish, Palestine, TX), Robby Corcoran (Burn Co. BBQ, Tulsa, OK), Terel McNac (Steve's Ribs, Edmond, OK), Russ Garrett (Coach's in Oklahoma City) and Bill Ritter (Mud Creek BBQ, Ringling, OK). Live music, barbecue for everyone, and plenty of drinks for purchase. It's a two day party, picking up again on Friday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Main Street Garden Park (1901 Main Street).