Zip down Route 66 to help a child

The Nut House on Route 66 in Claremore is holding a tasty fundraiser Oct. 6 to help a local child.

Zip Gordon, 5, is battling an extremely rare genetic condition that causes bone tissue to attack muscle. His mom reports that doctors are close to finding a cure: A treatment has been successfully tested on mice and could be available for humans in the near future. To help fund this life-altering research and raise awareness about rare diseases, The Nut House is hosting “Zipper Q,” a barbecue competition, in honor of Zip.

The event starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at The Nut House, 26677 S. Highway 66 in Claremore. Barbecue tasting is from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will also include an auction, live music by the Vikings, and a chance to win a 2012 Dodge Ram 4×4.

Auction items include autographed memorabilia from football coach Barry Switzer, country singer Garth Brooks and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne; tickets to an OU/Texas football game; a two-day duck and pheasant hunt with professional guide Brady Walker; an original painting by artist Patrick Gordon; a stay at The Campbell Hotel; and more. You can find more details online at Art collectors can bid on the painting in advance by contacting Cheena Pazzo at (918) 625-1937 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Got that? You can enjoy barbecue, Route 66, live music, and the possibility of winning a truck, all while helping a little kid in the process. Bonus that you can get some Christmas shopping done while you’re out there, because the Nut House has great local pecans (perfect for adding to cookies and fudge) and one of the cutest gift shops on 66.

Don’t act like you’ve got something better to do. Barbecue is the best thing there is on an autumn afternoon. Mark your calendar and Zip on out there!



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