New attractions planned for annual Goat Cook-Off

In an effort to accommodate Chamber of Commerce members, the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce will offer the Brady Business Showcase in the arts and crafts area of the World Championship Barbeque Goat Cook-Off. Businesses must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce to enter, and spaces are limited to a first come first serve basis. Also new to the Cook-Off this year will be the arrival of the food network. Locally featured on Classic Cable Channel 37, “The Food Network” will be in town filming a portion of their 14-part series on barbecue festivals across the country. With the addition of five more judges bringing the total to 30 this year, the Chamber is pleased at how well the Goat Cook-Off continues to grow in popularity. There are 20 spaces left for cooking teams and “we plan on filling those in the next week or so,” said Chamber EVP DeLaine Poe. Prize money has increased again this year bringing the grand prize total to $1,000 (up from $800 last year). “With title sponsors like Cellular One, Super S and McShan’s IGA, we will be able to improve each year’s Cook-Off,” said Mrs. Poe. Gold sponsors for this year’s event include Budweiser/Ben E. Keith, KNEL and Lamar Advertising. Bronze sponsors are Needle Creek Farms, Bealls, Roddie Wool, Commercial National Bank, Brady National Bank and Town and Country Food Stores. This year the welcome party is being sponsored in part by the Lower Colorado River Authority and Caprock Electric along with generous donations from Budweiser. The Goat Gallop has Heart of Texas Area Wide Phone Book, Heartland Rig International, Oglebay Norton Industrial Sands and Runners World Magazine to thank for the continuation of the 5K run. KNEL once again will sponsor the Talent Show and Listener Appreciation Dance on Friday night featuring Bordeline. Saturday night will feature Sonny Burgess on the east side of the courthouse square in downtown Brady. Sonny, an up and coming Nashville artist, can be heard on radio stations across the state singing his hit “When in Texas.” Admission to the dance Saturday night is $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. Tickets will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office and during registration on Friday, Aug. 31 from 6-9 p.m. at Richards Park.

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