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Yep. No scheduled CTTCG cookoffs until the middle of next month. But, if you're looking for something to do, there is a CASI cookoff in Austin on the 23rd at the American Legion on St. Elmo's. Hosted by Ken Rodd, all proceeds are to benefit a 15-year-old boy who recently had a kidney transplant. Ken has announced that there will be a drawing for an Airia cooler with a Chillin' Brew ice pack as part of the fund raising efforts.
Also on July 23rd is a non-cooking event, and close to the hearts of our Usual Suspects - a benefit for Susie Thorp. Not sure how many of you are aware that Susie is fighting THE fight. Recently diagnosed with nasopharyneal carcinoma (involves the nasal cavity and lymph nodes in her neck), Susie is undergoing radiation treatments Monday-Friday for seven weeks. Her oncology team will be adding three rounds of chemotherapy on down the liine. Her prognosis is good, but she has a long way to go, isn't working and the expenses are starting to accure.
Ronnie's One Oak Bar in Bastrop is hosting the benefit and will be selling barbecue plates. Chicken Shit Bingo, Live music and Kareoke are on the schedule. There will be a silent and live auction, a 50/50, and a pair of tickets on the 50-yard line for the Cowboy/Philadelphia Eagles game on October 30th at the new stadium!! Sounds like fun, and it sure is for a good cause. For more information, contact Ronnie's One Oak at 512-321-0016.
Even though Terlingua is three months away, the wheels are turning and fund raising it at the forefront. ALS and Behind the Store need us and our support!
The Central Texas Tolbert Group has undertaken the production expense of an officially licensed Tolbert 50th Anniversary OTICCC flag, and they are available now!
Featuring the 50th logo, these full color, eye-catching flags are a standard 3' x 5' in size with sewn edges and grommets for ease in hanging. Dwight Hamilton is the man to talk - he's holding the inventory! The cost is $35, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to Behind the Store's operation fund. Shipping is extra. Contact Dwight by phone at 512-507-4948 or by email at email@example.com.
Jack Potter, Tom Nall and the Cowboy Camp have a couple of fund raisers over and above the big dinner they host on Friday night during Terlingua Week.
First on the list is a free-standing propane stove to be raffled off on Friday night, November 4th during the Chris Regas/ALS Dinner at Cowboy Camp. Wendell Rankin has been commissioned to paint a heavy-duty camp stove to depict the 20-year history of the Cowboy Camp and the evolution from birthday celebration to ALS dinner. Tickets for the stove are $20 each and the winner need not be present to win.
Aiming for a big donation to ALS this year, Cowboy Camp is also going to raffle off this Savannah 6-string acoustic guitar on Saturday, November 5th during the headliner band's first break. It would look good hanging on any wall, and talk about a conversation piece! Tickets are $20 each and the winner need not be present to win.
Congratulations to Janet Matthews from Lockhart for her 1st Place Chili, and Steve Reeder from LaGrange for his 1st Place Show at D&K's Circle C Chili & BBQ Cookoff on July 9th out in Rockne.
Pretty good turnout for a hot July day with 26 chili samples judged. There were 14 competitors in the bean contest, with the top three splitting the Jackpot: Bubba Thorp won the lion's share of $35.00, wife Susie won $21.00, and Melissa Voigt won $14.00.
Molly C. was the big winner in the Junior Chili division, and with this first place finish, she is now qualified to cook at the Tolbert Texas State Junior Chili Championship next March.
Speaking of Miss Molly, she's hosting her very own cookoff next month on August 20th out in Rockne. Her chosen charity is Make A Wish, and she's determined to have a record setting donation when the dust settles! CTTCG has offered to match donations - up to $5000. So, if ever you were going to pony up and make a donation to this wonderful organization, this is the time to pull out your wallet.
We'd like to thank everyone that was involved in D&K's Circle C cookoff, including our fledgling auctioneer, George Meuth. Only being able to practice and hone his caller skills with eight items, George ended the auction with a total of $880 to throw into the donation jar. Good job George!
Sponsors were also on board, donating another $1400 toward the final total. Please patronize these businesses whenever possible:
R & D Catering
Rose Garden Village
George Arnold Trailer Sales
Mark Lee Insurance Agency
Awesome Landscape & More
Brown Water Well Service
Dragonflies and Dreams Message
Red Rock Steakhouse & Saloon
Chris & Sharon Duggan
Funds are still trickling in, so we haven't gotten a detailed accounting and will report the total at a later date. The full list of winners is located on the Circle C page.
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Congratulations to Patty Wimberley of Austin for her 1st Place win at Chili on the Guadalupe on June 25th. With 51 contestants, that's quite an accomplishment. Patty is now qualified to cook Behind the Store this November in Terlingua.
Not to steal any of Patty's thunder, there was actually a tie-breaker for first place. New cook and daughter of Bill and Deba Center, Nikki Mojica's chili was declared to be second best. Aw Man! Next time kiddo!
Congratulations also to Justin Gillette for once more making his show, "Hillbilly Jett" the best of the bunch. Just wondering... Did he make skillet cornbread again? Anyway, keep at it Justin, you only need 4 more points to compete in Showmanship down in Terlingua.
The Guadalupe was full and running at full speed thanks to a very rainy Spring. Great for the folks that wanted to do a little tube floating, but a little too fast to safely conduct the 5th Annual Dead Boot Chili Duck Race. Plan B was utilized.
All of the ducks were thrown into the oversized blow up pool. One of the smallest chilihead kids was chosen to swim underwater and come up underneath the floating pile of ducks, and grab one. Certainly not as exciting, but definitely much, much safer. And, this year's winner of the enormous yellow duck float was Doug Higgins.
We'd like to thank all the folks that made this event run smoothly: Lisa Edwards for grilling fajitas on Friday night for the pot luck dinner; Janet Matthews, Debbi Tucker and Samantha Costello for all their help with registration, monitering and gophering around; Kerry Weir for overseeing the judging activities, Reva Weatherly for embroidering all the Bloody Mary towel trophies; Ken Sperry for the cutting board trophies for the salsa contest; Russ and Stacey Stateham for all their help with the Duck "Race," Beth and Dewey Lawhon and all the others that donated goods for the Silent Auction and to the ladies who donated homemade jams and produce, Debbi Tucker, Susie Higgins and Cecelia-Stroessner-Clark. Cecelia also donated the trophies awarded to the Junior Chili cooks.
We'd also like to thank the musicians that came out to entertain the Usual Suspects. Jimmy and John Whipple from New Braunfels who set up their PA system and played Friday and Saturday. Jana and Andrea's Laven, David Muska, Kelli King and Brad Svoboda who all came to sing on Saturday.
All in all, another great Chili on the Guadalupe cookoff. Aside from all the fun, the best part of the event has to be when a check was given to the Hill Country Mission for Health in the amount of $2150!
For a full list of all the winners and a slide show, please see the Chili on the Guadalupe page.
Jack Potter stopped out in Boerne during Chili on the Guadalupe. He wanted folks to see, up close and personal the color and detail of the commemorative guitar that will be raffled off in Terlingua this November.
Another surprise visitor to Chili on the Guadalupe was Mike Smith. To those of you who subscribe to Son of a Gap, Mike is the columnist with the really long title: The Right Reverend Dr. General J. Mike 'SCORPION BREATH' Smith 3, Chili Clergy, Bar-B-Q-Baron, B.E.A.N. and P.E.A. Terlingua Events Founder, SPAM World Champion, Texas Hamburger Champion, Pepper Inspector, Doctologist, Chilistorian, Chilioligist, Chilistician, "Chili Mafia" leader, and Chili Pope West of the Pecos. Whew!
Here he is with one of the commemorative 50th Tolbert cutting boards. They are very nice with a generous cutting surface at approximately 12"x15". Ken Sperry is selling these for a mere $30 apiece, and all proceeds are earmarked for Behind the Store. Ken will have a supply with him in Rockne on August 20th for Mollie's Cookoff. You can also contact Ken by phone at 254-290-1950 to place an order.
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Well, that's simple. We cook and promote the Official State Dish of Texas: Chili.
We host about 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 the Hill Country Mission for Health, 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.