Fire up the pit, it’s time to cook!

The title is up for grabs once again as 150 cooking teams sharpen their skills and fire up the grill with hopes of winning the 28th Annual World Championship Barbeque Goat Cook-Off. A Labor Day tradition that’s made Brady famous over the years, the Cook-Off attracts visitors from all across the world with some traveling as far as Canada and California to witness the event. At Richards Park, the regular site for the annual Cook-Off, campers have been stationed at RV hookups for close to two weeks now anticipating the big event which according to Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce executive vice president DeLaine Poe, “gets bigger and better every year.” Lee Wallek and the Pit Crew from Beeville were named as champion cookers for last year’s 27th Annual World Championship Barbeque Goat Cook-Off. After a day of seasoning, cooking, basting, smoking, turning and babying their entries of goat meat, they were able to cook-up a winner that wowed the judges. Lonnie Rankin and his team of “Messy Cookers” pulled of their second Superbowl championship in a row as judges picked their entry as “best of the best” from the 11 former champions that entered last year’s contest. This year, the stakes are higher with 20 more cooking teams added to the roster; however, only six past Cook-Off winners have entered the “Super Bowl” Competition’a category set aside specifically for previous champions. Other attractions that accompany the Goat Cook-Off include the 17th annual Goat Gallop, a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) run, two dances, washer pitching and horseshoe pitching contests, a goat pill flipping contest, water balloon toss, egg toss and numerous games, arts and crafts booths and special attractions. The Goat Gallop is set to take off at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 at Brady High School (11th and Wall Streets). Originating in 1985, this year’s Gallop will be co-sponsored by Oglebay Norton Industrial Sands, Inc., Heartland Rig International, Inc., Heart ‘O Texas Area-Wide Phone Book and Runners World Magazine. One scheduled activity for people of all ages will have people lined up ready to take-on a mechanical bull. The event is being sponsored by the Brady High School freshman class. The rock climbing wall from last year’s Cook-Off and the four point trapeze that was at the car swap meet will also make their way back to Brady for the weekend. A petting zoo, which will include a camel, Axis deer, llama, buffalo, sheep, antelope, and other exotic animals has been added to Saturday’s list of attractions as well. For a complete listing of this weekend’s Labor Day activities and their start times, see the “Schedule of Events” in the special Goat Cook-Off tabloid in this issue of the Brady Standard-Herald.

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