There were a lot in Austin too, but I don't think there were that many. It is still a bit sad that Nashville got the high-powered help they did and still didn't manage to finish this weekend. They probably get the prize for the scariest beer I've ever seen, though.
Far from ideal, but I know meads were taken to be judged by Mead Judges, which I'd prefer anyway. Sandy sure puts a lot of effort into making sure the first round goes smoothly doesn't she!