I was not planning to go to this year’s event, but once I heard that the great Jim Campbell was getting out of the hot sauce business and this would be the last Open Fields, I had to go. I am once again being accompanying by my VA bud Eric who felt the same as me. Why regret not going, when I could be there? The answer was simple, I had to make it. Honestly though, reading about it has left me intimidated by the crappy weather and sleeping conditions. I have never camped my whole life, and my 2 months as a boy scout amounted to some kind of merit patch and a soapbox derby race car. Not to mention the wild imagination that I have of the Indiana pepper mosquito that will feast on every inch of my exposed flesh. :angryturnip:
I am coming so I will overcome my fears and stay at Jim’s house, so I can plug in my sleep apnea machine. Nice excuse, eh? 😉 No, really, I need to use a sleep apnea machine, so Jim was nice enough to spare me a sleeping area in his house. The Temptations said it best, “Ain’t too proud to beg”. I also have promised Jim to make some of my Buddahmole, but I will need someone to take me to the store to get the necessary supplies. Hopefully that will work itself out. Whatever Jim wants, I aim to please.
For those that do not know what Open Fields is about, well you can search for past threads on some of the other blogs like THZO. Passow went last year. Check out what he had to say about it: CLICK HERE If you scroll down the page, you will see his 4 part piece about his experience. In a nutshell, I have been told it is the chilehead version of Woodstock, but instead of pot it is spicy food that gets passed around. People camp out around the pepper field area, and wait to Saturday morning when they are officially allowed to enter the fields to pick peppers that Jim so graciously grows for everyone.
After my little bit of Trinidad Scorpion pepper picking at the Bowers Pepper Festival 2 weeks ago, I found it fun to search for peppers. I look more forward to seeing all the chileheads than to pick anything anyway. I am not planning to take anything with me, so why bother picking. Although there are some contests, including “fresh from the fields” which is as it says. Pick fresh peppers and make something there to add to the contest. I know Bill and Sandi each have won prozes and Tracy Campbell of TTF once won for his Cape Fear Chipotle Hot Sauce that was entered without him even being there. All entries have a small submission fee that goes to Jim’s “Step it Up Charity”. There is also a silent auction to raise money as well. Donations are accepted from afar. To learn a little about the charity and/or donate please go here: http://stepupforcharity.org/ You can also buy the poster that is the picture above and that will also be helpful in the donations.
I hope to see some of you there, if not I hope to share with you some of the happenings afterward. Later!