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With time marching as quickly as it does, the Usual Suspects are starting to get excited as plans are coming together for this year's trip to Terlingua.
Paul Ryan released the musical lineup for Terlingua 49, and dancing shoes are definitely in order! Musicians will take the stage nightly, starting Wednesday at 7:00 pm. There's quite a list of musicians, with a little something for pert near everybody's listening and dancing pleasure. Saturday night's headliner for the final show features chilihead favorite Gary P. Nunn!
The 49th Annual Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff will be selling sponsorships for 23 trophies.
If you sponsor a trophy:
A. Your name will be included on the www.abowlofred.com website
B. Your name will appear on signage at the cookoff in Terlingua.
C. You will be acknowledged, and your name will be broadcast several times from the stage during the 4 day event.
D. Sponsoring a trophy will allow you to be a judge at some level for the category you are sponsoring, provided you meet all other judging requirements. For example, if you sponsor a show trophy, you can be a judge if you are not related to or are part of any show team. Same thing for chili, you can be a judge, but not if you are related to or are part of a chili cooking team.
E. You will be helping raise money for a good cause, providing funds to a worthy organization in Terlingua, or fighting the disease, ALS - our two charities of choice.
These sponsorships are going fast too!!! Here are the available trophy sponsorships:
1st Place $350 - Faded Love Chili
2nd Place $325, Good Home Inspection
3rd Place $300, The Wright Family
4th place $150, Deanna Castillo
5th Place $150, Lee McCullough
6th Place $150,
7th Place $125, Tom Wooton
8th Place $125,
9th Place $125,
10th Place $125,
1st Place $125, Grapevine Scuba
1st Place $125, Screen Sations Garment Graphics
2nd Place $100, Bill & Deba Center
3rd Place $75, Laura Coad
1st Place Show Open, $150
1st Place Show Limited, $150
1st Place Show One Man, $150
2nd Place Show Open, $125
2nd Place Show Limited, $125
2nd Place Show One Man, $125
3rd Place Show Open, $100
3rd Place Show Limited, $100
3rd Place Show One Man, $100
To participate as a sponsor, please contact the Ryans at email@example.com, or better yet, visit the website www.abowlofred.com where there is a PayPal option.
CASI vs. Tolbert Shootout - September 5 & 6th
There were 26 cooks competing on Saturday, and another 26 cooks on Sunday. Not all the same 26 people. Day two brought additional Tolbert cooks, however the numbers were heavier on the CASI side both days. The amazing thing is that in spite of the fact more CASI names made it into the top ten on both days, the Shootout has been declared a DRAW for the 4th year in a row! A chilihead is a chilihead no matter the affiliation.
The full list of winners is posted on the Shoot Out page, and there's a nice slide show as well. Nancy Morgan, owner of Giddy Ups has also posted a slide show of the many photos she took on our Facebook page for your viewing pleasure.
We're getting down to the tail end of the 2014-2015 season and there are only a few local cookoffs left. A Lil’ Ol’ Country Cookoff, at Giddy Ups on September 19th is your next opportunity to land some Tolbert points.
Dedicated to the memory of Robert Corley, BFF Dewey Lawhon is heading this one up, and feeling a little rusty. Wasting no time, he is already busy getting the trophies ready and is working closely with Nancy Morgan (Giddy Ups’ owner) to get the word out.
There are actually two separate chili competitions that day:
One for the non qualified cooks - ALOCC which includes showmanship. The second competition is a tournament of champions limited to cooks already qualified to cook in Terlingua this November, provided they have cooked in at least one CTTCG cookoff this season. The 11th Annual Central Texas Tolbert Group Chili Championship is a non sanctioned, intra-group competition and does not include show. Just chili.
To be sure as many people qualify that day as possible, we will keep our fingers crossed that we have at least 15 non qualified cooks enter the ALOCC portion of the program. If you or anyone you know is still needing points, best head to Giddy Ups before it's too late! Registration for all categories of competition will begin early Saturday morning and be open until about 11:00 am.
Debbie Turner was kind enough to share the point accumulation totals with us, so if you're curious as to where you stand, read on! Please note that this list has been corrected, and is accurate as of 8/21/15.
Qualified using Points at Tolbert Cookoffs or Tolbert auto qualifiers (Former champions not listed if they had no Tolbert points, but they are still qualfied)
Carl Angers, Smithville, TX
Donnie Barkmeyer, Lockhart, TX
Mike Behr, Manchaca, TX
Madelaine Bishop, Kyle, TX
Randy Black, Allen, TX
Pam Brown, San Marcos, TX
Heather Burdick, San Marcos, TX
Daniel Burdick III, San Marcos, TX
Will Burk, Spring Branch, TX
Jill Burrows, Lockhart, TX
Gabriel Capetillo, Austin, TX
Deanna Castillo, Terlingua, TX
Bill Center, San Antonio, TX
Deba Center, San Antonio, TX
Andy Dalton, Del Valle, TX
Becky Daniels, Midlothian, TX
Ron Faulstich, Lockhart, TX
G W Goin, Valley View, TX
Tommy Gregg, Lockhart, TX
Alan Greiner, Round Rock, TX
Phyllis Greiner, Round Rock, TX
Dwight Hamilton, Austin, TX
Mark Holbert, Weatherford, TX
Elke Jensen, Killeen, TX
Mick Joplin, Morgan, TX
Christine Knight-Ober, Cibolo, TX
Beth Lawhon, Cedar Creek, TX
Dewey Lawhon, Cedar Park, TX
David Lazarus, Killeen, TX
Fred Lazarus, San Angelo, TX
Sherril Lazarus, San Angelo, TX
Janet Matthews, Lockhart, TX
Laury McCullough, Austin, TX
Scott Pippin, Graford, TX
Stacee Pitchford, Millsap, TX
Steve Reeder, La Grange, TX
Jane Reina, Del Valle, TX
Jimmy Rodgers, Denton, TX
Jim Schlieper, Alice, TX
Mona Schlieper, Alice, TX
Faye Sherry, Lockhart, TX
Christina Smith, Harker Heights, TX
Jimmy Smith, Harker Heights, TX
Ken Sperry, HarkerHeights, TX
Jim Stoddard, Coppell, TX
Barbara C Taylor, Terlingua, TX
Shelly Tyler, Melrose, NM
Billy Bob Weatherly, Canyon Lake, TX
Reva Weatherly, Canyon Lake, TX
Terry Wright, Lockhart, TX
Not on that list? Maybe you're on this next one. The number in front of the name is the total (as of 8/16/15) number of Tolbert points accumulated.
2 Kevin Adams, Lewisville, TX
8 Jamie Brown, Red Rock, TX
2 Mike Brown, Bastrop, TX
2 Sam Brown, Red Rock, TX
4 Cindy Burk, Spring Branch, TX
2 David Calhoun, Weatherford, TX
2 Rob Cardenas, New Braunfels, TX
2 Kathy Carriger, Bastrop, TX
2 Nan Centeno, San Antonio, TX
3 Wesley Cox, Nolanville, TX
2 Kevin Cross, Mineral Wells, TX
2 Pam Dobbs, Weatherford, TX
2 Monte Eastman, Aledo, TX
4 Kim Eckert, Austin, TX
4 Lisa Edwards, Kendalia, TX
2 Darlene Evans, Canyon Lake, TX
2 Jeff Evans, Mineral Well, TX
2 Kellie Evans, Lockhart, TX
4 Melvin Euers, Red Rock, TX
7 Frank Flores, Austin, TX
2 Paul Galloway, Lockhart, TX
4 Doug Gibson, Luling, TX
2 Wyman Gilliam Jr, Del Valle, TX
4 Joe Glock, Springtown, TX
6 Gilbert Gonzales, Prairie Lea, TX
2 Jimmy Goodson, Alvarado, TX
2 Renee Harder, Mineral Wells, TX
2 Randy Haverda, San Marcos, TX
4 Robert Henderson, Red Rock, TX
8 Doug Higgins, Blanco, TX
4 Susie Higgins, San Marcos, TX
2 D'Ann Holbert, Weatherford, TX
2 John Eric Holmes, Dallas, TX
2 Ron Holt, Liberty Hill, TX
2 Jim Hooper, Port O'Connor, TX
2 Rita Huffman, Austin, TX
2 Scott Kelley, Cleburne, TX
2 Vern Kong, Killeen, TX
3 Bob Lawhon, Luling, TX
2 Richard Longoria, Fort Worth, TX
2 Roy Loveday, Lockhart, TX
2 Judy Massengill, Lockhart, TX
2 Chuck McCory, Crowley, TX
2 Janet McCracken, Graford, TX
2 John McCracken, Graford, TX
2 Jessica McKee, Graford, TX
2 Debbie McLawchlin, Kerrville, TX
3 Bobby Mitchell, Lockhart, TX
2 Joy Moreno, Paige, TX
2 Kathy Nolte, Lockhart, TX
2 Eddie Nowak, Graford, TX
2 Kay Nowak, Graford, TX
2 Ed Nunez, Burleson, TX
2 Terry Osten, Arlington, TX
2 Shannon Outen, Arlington, TX
2 Sarah Overton, Fort Worth, TX
3 Lacy Pippin, Graford, TX
2 Matt Pitchford, Millsap, TX
2 Brenda Polizzi, Killeen, TX
2 Donna Polston, Mineral Wells, TX
2 Rodney Reyna, Luling, TX
4 Ben Rife, Graford, TX
2 Carrie Rife, Graford, TX
4 Gilbert Rivas, Austin, TX
2 Rex Robertson, Nolanville, TX
2 Tammy Robertson, Nolanville, TX
2 Les Robinson, Red Rock, TX
4 Tom Rowe, San Marcos, TX
2 Bud Rozell, Dallas, TX
2 Michael "Mike" Saldana, New Braunfels, TX
2 Marlo Schaible, Austin, TX
2 Trey Schroeder, San Antonio, TX
4 Russ Stateham, North Richland Hills, TX
4 Tom Stephens, Lockhart, TX
4 Cecelia Stroessner-Clark, Austin, TX
7 Matthew Strun, Lockhart,TX
2 Kiwi Teaukura, Del Valle, TX
3 Ed Theriot, Lockhart, TX
7 Bubba Thorp, Paige, TX
4 Susie Thorp, Paige, TX
2 Troy Thorp III, Paige, TX
6 Debbi Tucker, Cedar Creek, TX
2 Travis Tucker, Cedar Creek, TX
4 Melissa Voigt, Bastrop, TX
2 Joe Voss, Mineral Wells, TX
7 Kerry Weir, Buda, TX
2 Larry Williamson, Austin, TX
2 Brenda Willis, Austin, TX
2 Richard Willis, Austin, TX
2 Patty Wimberley, Austin, TX
2 Lee Wimberley Jr., Austin, TX
3 Tommy Wright, Fort Worth, TX
2 Chad Zook, Graford, TX
2 Diane Zook, Graford, TX
Looks like some of ya'll have got some catching up to do, but luckily there's still some time left, and plenty of cookoffs coming up between now and September 30th - starting with this weekend in Lockhart - the JDRF cookoff.
The JDRF Tolbert Chili and Lone Star BBQ Society Cookoff promises to be a real good event, and a big one too with 9 categories of competition. Tell all your friends, tell your neighbors, shoot, tell your in-laws to come on out to Lockhart City park because we're always looking for new cooks, and the folks running the show are gonna need lots of judges. Judging is free, and bibs are optional.
Don't forget your Fire Extinguishers!! Needing and having is priceless.
It was with huge regrets and heavy hearts that Billy Bob and Reva Weatherly had to cancel their July 25th cookoff in Canyon Lake when the venue double-booked and essentially squeezed out the chiliheads. Serious fund-raisers, they still wanted to support their chosen charities and came up with a Plan B.
The Hideout 2 in Canyon Lake offered their location for hosting Billy Bob and Reva's non-cooking, non-competitive and drastically modified event. So, on July 25th there was a serious little party featuring a Spirit Wagon, a silent auction, hot dog concessions, the raffling of a Yeti cooler, and another ticket pull for a PortaCool. Jack and Rhonda Potter sold chances at a "Mystery Gift," adding another $600 to the purse. There were some Belt Sander Races going on throughout the afternoon as well.
When all the dust settles, the final figure will be well in excess of $9000. The charities? ALS and CTTCG.
We'll see ya'll on down the road.
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(For the season anyway!)
2013 AND 2014 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
2015 Tolbert Texas Men's State Champion
Mick Joplin, Lakeside Village, Texas
Christine Knight-Ober from Cibolo
2015 Tolbert Ladies State Champion
Mike Behr, Manchaca, Texas
2015 Tolbert Texas State Winner
Click on the star for the Official Tolbert Rules in a printable PDF format.
Heard that some of ya'll's fire extinguishers got used at Dwight & Kathy's Circle C Cookoff. Small brush fire caused by a low slung bbq rig. Sooooooooo glad ya'll took our advice, aren't you? Dwight sure is!
To Participate as a sponsor, please contact us at:
Mike "BB" Hughes & Dwight Hamilton, BFF
A group of friends who just happen to cook award winning chili and BBQ while we raise awareness and funds for some mighty worthy causes.
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Well, that's simple. We cook and promote the Official State Dish of Texas: Chili.
We host over 30 chili events per year at a variety of locations, including the Al Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship in Lockhart.
Aside from having a lot of fun, we support a long and varied list of charitable causes like Juvenile Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, and the VFW Scholarship Fund to list just a few. Check the Where We've Been and Why We Do It page for beneficiary details for some of the cookoffs.
Most every weekend! Be sure to check the What's Coming Up page for the details on this week's cookoff!
All over Central Texas! For most events we will have a map and/or directions on how to get to the various locations on the Map Page to help you out.