You guys be sure and bring some good walking shoes! I'm sure as an entrant you'll get vendor parking, but that weekend ends the 10-day run of the fair and is the most crowded time. The fair grounds covers roughly a square mile and features everything from livestock competition to sugar arts! You'll get a broad spectrum of Okies for sure! If you want to see what else is going on at the fair while you're there, check @ www.tulsastatefair.com
I also found the description of the sugar arts competition, with pictures of previous winners, contest rules, etc. if anyone's interested in seeing it:http://www.tulsastatefair.com/pdfs/2...7SugarArts.pdf
Your hotel choices are very good! And yes, the mansion can be intimidating, but it's pretty fabulous. The Southern Hills Marriott is about 5-6 miles straight south of the Fairgrounds, and the Courtyard about 3 miles away. The Courtyard is in a mega complex of hotel-motels, you can't miss it. There's a Cracker Barrel restaurant near there (one of my wife's favorite places).
I'm not working that weekend, and will definitely come out to see you.
As for dining, there's a lot to choose from. Momo, the link to the Wild Fork didn't work because I put it in parenthesis. Try www.wildfork.com
But, hey, if Panini's buying, you can definitely upgrade!
I hope I can meet up with you guys here, I've learned so much from your postings over the years.
If you need more info about Tulsa, or if I can help you in any way, please PM me.