30th goat cook-off set to make history

The cooking teams are packing up their gear, filling up their supply trailers and headed to McCulloch County for the 30th Anniversary of the World Championship Barbeque Goat Cook-Off. The Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce has 10 cooking spots left out of the 150 available and by the number of RVs already staking claim to the public areas in Richards Park, this year is shaping up to be a banner year. “We are doing everything we can to make this 30th year anniversary the biggest and best ever,” said DeLaine Poe, executive vice president of the chamber. “The national media exposure we have had over the past two years has definitely increased our popularity over the past few years. This year should add to that notoriety with another television crew that features creative ways to go RVing. “If the weather holds out, things should be great. We have never completely filled the 150 cooking spots, but we are ready and waiting.’ The chamber has also maxed out in the arts and crafts section setting yet another record with 135 different vendors, many of whom have never attended the cook-off. This year, the Brady Kiwanis Club will man the barbecue pits for the public barbecued goat meal and the students of Brady Elementary’s fifth grade science classes will be selling ‘Goddard Goodies’ desserts as a fund-raiser for this year’s field trip. The cost of the meal, which will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. is $6 per plate. Goddard Goodies will be extra. Crowds at this year’s cook-off are encouraged to be wary of limited parking. All parking will be free of charge. The majority of parking spaces in the field behind the rock walls will fill early and the expanded campsite area that will include an area across Brady Creek near the flag football and soccer fields will decrease the amount of available parking. The park itself will close to public vehicle access beginning at 3 p.m. Friday until the end of the cook-off on Saturday. Vehicle access will be limited to two per campsite and only those vehicles with a purple parking pass affixed to the windshield will be admitted. Shuttle buses will be running from the Commercial National Bank parking lot throughout the day Saturday free of charge. No ATVs or golf carts will be allowed in the park without parking permits. Leo Stokes will open for Kevin Fowler at the street dance Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for $10 at the Chamber office or for $12 at the gate. For more information on this weekend’s events, contact the chamber at 597-3491.

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