Labor Day cook-off organizers gearing up for record crowds

The 30th Annual World Championship Barbeque Goat Cook-Off is just around the corner and the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for what it hopes to be its largest event ever. With space left for 25 cooking teams, this year should top out at 150 entries. Arts and crafts booths are steadily filling up this year with 75 percent of the spaces already full. According to Chamber EVP DeLaine Poe, there may be additional booths added this year if entries continue to pour in at the steady pace in which they have. “We are mailing out about 25 new applications per week,” she said. ‘Food vendor booths are full this year as well as the game area. “Last year’s event was so packed we had arts and crafts vendors and food vendors sell out and go home early. The apparel booth sold completely out, and left over volunteer shirts were a hot item. This year we are planning for a larger crowd and our vendors should, too. We look forward to a fun-filled weekend.” The annual event begins Labor Day weekend and will conclude on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. The Chamber of Commerce is also now accepting bids for preparation of the meal for this year’s cook-off. Bids should include the preparation (seasoning, de-boning and serving) of 70 goats for the meal. Bids must also include preparation of the beans and cleanup following the meal. Utensils, beans and meat will be provided. Submit a bid in writing to the Chamber of Commerce, 101 East First Street, Brady, Tex. 76825. The deadline to submit a bid is Thursday, July 31. Any interested business who wishes to donate items for the Cook-Off “welcome bags” to should also contact the Chamber at 325-597-3491. ‘These bags are issued to the cookers at the Friday night welcome party and are a great way to advertise your business,” said Mrs. Poe. Businesses donating items should drop at least 150 individual items off at the chamber as soon as possible to be included in the packets. “Participation from area businesses is greatly appreciated,” said Mrs. Poe.

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