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You may recall that while we were battling high water and torrential downpours in Central Texas, Terlingua was also being hit by storms and a small tornado went through the cookoff site (Behind the Store) the Friday before Memorial Day.
For a little bit of nothing in the middle of nowhere - there was quite a bit of damage done. See for yourselves.
Happy to report that the storage container CTTCG put out there a few years ago survived the storm, and all of the cookoff supplies and equipment stored inside is intact.
We understand that a lot of repair work has already begun, but there's still a long list of things to do before the cookoff in November. So, Dwight Hamilton and Terry Wright have enlisted several of the Usual Suspects to head out to Big Bend for a little hard work come mid-July.
Ambitious plans have been made to not only tackle a long list of repairs, they are also going to put in a wheelchair ramp for handicap access to the stage.
Terlingua is no stranger to graffiti, and the old Behind the Store entrance billboard has become a favorite spot for taggers, so the guys are gonna take it down as well.
CTTCG is underwriting the cost of the handicap ramp. Constructed at Garage Door Services, it is being built as one piece to facilitate ease of installation. Other repairs will be a joint effort between the owners (the Whites) and the users (Us).
Current list of volunteers for work detail: Terry Wright, Donald Schneider, Dwight Hamilton, Matthew Sturn, Bill Center, Will Burk and Richard Willis. Dewey Lawhon plans to go as well. Viva Terlingua!
We had to pull the flier for a cookoff a couple of weeks ago because there were conflicting events scheduled for the same venue. However, the original promoters for the cookoff, Reva and Billy Bob Weatherly are determined to donate to their charities irregardless.
On Saturday, July 25 at the Hideout in Sattler, there will be a silent auction, a Spirit Wagon, and a couple of big ticket items (PortaCool evaporation cooler and a 65 quart Yeti cooler) being raffled off. You do not have to be present to win. Reva reports that all 500 tickets for the PortaCool have sold out, but there are plenty of tickets available for the Yeti cooler. The Spirit Wagon and Silent Auction are both in need of donations. For contributions or tickets, contact Reva or Billy Bob at the above number.
The Belt Sander races start at 2:00 pm, which sounds like a hoot to watch. Word has it there is some sort of circuit for this type of racing, and competitors are expected from as far away as Corpus Christi. A little birdie says there just might be a sander for loan if someone is interested in trying it out. Just saying.
Proceeds benefit multiple charities, so go on out, have a cold beer and have a little fun.
This year's Chili on the Guadalupe was absolutely terrific! Hope you were there, but if you weren't, you sure missed a good one!
Friday night's Pot Luck was a sensation! Trays of meat magically appeared at just about the dinner hour, and come to find out the man behind the grill was Will Burk. With some assistance of Donald Schneider, the meats were first smoked for several hours and then transferred to the grill for a little char. When everything was cooked to perfection it was sliced, diced and otherwise deconstructed, put into separate serving trays and became the centerpiece of the meal.
The Usual Suspects piled side dishes on every available flat surface, and we're not talking 10 different kinds of potato salad either! There was a little bit of everything, including desserts, and all of it scrumptious! Everyone ate to their heart's content and bedtime settled in at a very reasonable hour for pert near everyone.
Afternoon thunderstorms have been pretty much the norm in Central Texas for much of May and June. However, just in time for Chili on the Guadalupe, Mother Nature gave us a nice little dry spell. Long enough for the saturated ground to drain a bit and firm back up. Made parking those RVs and camping easier for sure.
A cold front was predicted to hit mid-afternoon on Saturday and sure enough, a storm could be seen brewing on the horizon by the time the final category of competition was turned in at 4:00 pm. Dark and menacing with a lot of cloud to cloud lightening as announcements progressed. Then it got real dark, and it started sprinkling lightly.
As the awards were winding down to 1st Place Chili, the sprinkles became heavier and the wind started picking up. Jack Potter set a new land speed record for announcements - just in case the heavens opened up. They didn't. We dodged a bullet and the storm clouds quickly passed over. That meant the Duck Derby was on!
Andrew Knight was our gatekeeper, and he did a great job!. Swimming against the current to get to the starting point, he managed to release all the ducks at the same time.
Tossed into the air, the colorful rubber ducks entered the fast moving Guadalupe River and a roar came up from the approving and excited crowd. The bright yellow swarm quickly caught the current and collectively swerved to the right. Very early on, a small fast moving group of rubber ducks moved to the head of the yellow flotilla. Suddently there was a lot of splashing when the cloud of yellow went up one side and down the other of a swerl. As the little swimmers drew closer to the finish line, a cacophony of numbers shouted from the viewing platform filled the air! Ever increasing their speed and putting more distance from the raft were the same four rubber duckies, and with great heart they quickly crossed the finish line and right into Jack Potter's waiting hands. Within seconds he called out the winning number - #88.
Duck #88 was sponsored by one of the Centers' Boerne neighbors - Mr. Darren Fallis who was very, very happy to win the giant duck. Float on Dude, float on!
We raised $395 with the Duck Derby. With change left over, enough money to cover the cost of primary health care for one individual for an entire year through the Hill Country Mission for Health - the beneficiary of the cookoff.
Many thanks to Jack Potter, Donald Schneider, Will Burk, Dan Burdick, Andrew Knight and R.J. Center for all of their help with this fun little fund raiser. Couldn't do it without you!
Nurse Practitioner Ann Harkins, Director of the Hill Country Mission for Health brought out the mobile clinic and gave more than one tour of the facilities to interested folks that stopped by.
Ann also spent quite a bit of time in the judging area helping Nikki Mojica sell raffle tickets and man the donation jars for the porta-potties and electrical hookups. Said she had a great time, and really enjoyed meeting and spending time with everyone.
Under the threat of imminent downpour and the fear of getting stuck in mud, Ann regretably hopped back into her mobile clinic and hit the road as soon as the announcements were over. She was happy as a clam with a fist full of money and a grin on her face. We kinda made her day!
We just love it when the charity is represented at an event! Their presence makes a huge difference. Makes it more personal, and financially more successful.
A couple of days after the event, Ann sent Deba this nice note directed to all of us -
And just a couple of days later, another note was received.
"...let me thank you again for including Hill Country Mission for Health as the beneficiary of the Chili Cook-Off on the Guadalupe. It was a really nice event (and thanks to the weather we were mostly dry – except for the river swimmers, of course!) and the guests not only fun but also extremely generous! Including the cash and checks I brought back and the checks you sent, the contributions totaled $2,317!!! I don’t know if I have told you this before, but, on average(!!), we can provide care for 1 patient for about $375 per year. So this generous donation will let us provide healthcare for more than 6 patients over the next year. That is an amazing and wonderful gift. I hope you will let the people you see know how much they have done to support the residents who seek healthcare services here. You have truly blessed us and we (and our patients!) are enormously grateful."
Ann Harkins, PhD, FNP-C
Hill Country Mission for Health
The Centers did a great job with this event! Great organization, great preparation, great support crew (thank you Janet Matthews, Kerry Weir, Ken Sperry, Kathy Carriger, Russ and Stacey Stateham, Susie Higgins, R.J. Center, Nikki Mojica), great location, great promotion, I mean they did a really great job!
They had some great sponsors too; Texas Tea, the Real Ale Brewery, HEB, and Home Depot in Boerne. The silent auction had some great items, and we'd like to thank everyone for the goods; Garrett Doyle for the beautiful painted canvases and handmade jewelry.
The Spirit Wagon was great too - all by itself with its solid wheels, short turning base and independent axles - it was a real nice little wagon. The booze was a bonus, and there was plenty of it, starting with the large cache of adult beverages donated by Mabel Rollins and Mike Bell (Blanco Liquors) right off the bat. Winner, Debbi Tucker is quite the gardner so that little wagon is gonna be put to good use.
Last, but not least, a big CTTCG Thank You to Jack & Rhonda Potter and Republic Tequila for their continued support.
Oh. Seems there's been one small ommission. Who won.
Me! Laury McCullough, Dead Boot Chili, Austin, Texas, a member of the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group and proud to be your webmaster!
I'd like to thank Republic Tequila for the nice bottle of Plata and the $50. I spent the money right away at the Silent Auction. The bottle is reserved for sharing with friends in Terlingua!
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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.
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.
It's me - Laury McCulloughI'm your webmaster and always available firstname.lastname@example.org
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.