Welcome! Come on in and take a good look around! Make yourself comfortable and
stay for a while!
Side dishes... gosh, doesn't everything go with burgers? There are an infinite variety of salads to chose from - fruit, gelatin, pasta, carrot, pea, bean, potato, and garden, to mention a few. Heaven knows chips make a great side for a burger, and there is certainly a wide selection in the grocery store these days. Blue corn to chocolate with sea salt and a whole lot in between. Don't forget the dessert table - some of us like to start there! Cakes, pies, cobblers, cookies, puddings.... yum!
The Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group traditionally man's the gate Behind the Store on Thursday before the cookoff. That would be tomorrow - October 30th. It's easy, it's a lot of fun, it's a great way to get your team involved, and the time flies!! If you and at least one other person can commit to an hour or two meeting the new arrivals and dispensing wrist bands, please send us a message right away. Here's what we've got:
Please plan to arrive at the Welcome Shack about 15 minutes before the start of your shift for a little orientation to the task.
Debbie Turner is also looking for volunteers to man the gates on Friday.... and even Saturday. Send her an email - she'll be real glad to hear from you! You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 1, 2014 we officially started a new season!
Did you miss the cut? Are you short on points this year? Don't fret - there is one more chance!
Yes! *Points are being awarded to places 4 through 10 at Tolbert's Last Chance!! Might be just enough to push you over the line!
*These points self-destruct with the commencement of this year's cookoff and do not carry over into the new 2014-2015 season.
Another volunteer opportunity! We need folks to help sell raffle tickets out walking around, as well as those willing to sit at the raffle table for a couple of hours to "demonstrate the merchandise," answer questions, and of course, sell tickets. Peggy Wright will be your main contact.
We're getting down to the final count down as many of you prepare to hit the long, long road to Terlingua. We've gotten some updated information regarding facilities in the Terlingua/Study Butte area. Those updates are reflected on the Terlingua Central page.
Cowboy Camp is also sponsoring the Republic Tequila Spirit Wagon, and they're looking for donations to fill it up. Liquor, beer, mixes, snacks, wine, etc. To win the Spirit Wagon, they will be selling cards all week, and hope to sell somewhere between 15 and 20 decks. They have already presold 4 full decks. Cards are $5 each, 6 for $20, or a deck of 54 (2 jokers) for $200.00 (best deal at $3.70 per card). Proceeds will be split 50/50 between ALS and the OTICCC.
There is a rough map of the cookoff site, the official schedule, wristband and site rules posted on a second Terlingua Central page. We've also posted links to PDF files of each of these documents so that you can print them out at home if you wish.
We do want to remind you that you will need your photo ID (driver's license) to not only register, but to collect your turn in cup (given at the end of the Mandatory Cooks' Meeting on Saturday, 11/1 at 8:30 am), and will be required again when turning your chili in at 12 Noon. No exceptions.
The meeting won't take long, and to expedite things, the officials will break the alphabet into four groups. (There will be signage.) Form a line for each group and wait your turn. Knowing what to expect, with ID in hand, the process at each step can be accomplished quickly without a bottleneck.
We are looking for sponsors for the chili awards in Terlingua. This is a great opportunity to show your support. Sponsors are also invited to present "their" Rock during announcements. Here's what is available:
Last Chance Chili Cookoff - October 30th
1st Place Chili - Last Chance Chili Cookoff - $125 - Sponsored by Pants on the Ground
2nd Place Chili - Last Chance - $100
3rd Place Chili - Last Chance - $100
1st Place Salsa - $125 - Sponsored by the Martini Girls
1st Place Chili - $325
2nd Place Chili - $275
3rd Place Chili - $250
4th Place Chili - Sponsored by Deanna Castillo/High Sierra Bar & Grill
5th Place Chili - $100
6th Place Chili - $100
7th Place Chili - $100
8th Place Chili - Sponsored by Jim & Mona Schlieperr
9th Place Chili - Sponsored by Jim & Mona Schlieper
10th Place Chili -Sponsored by Jim & Mona Schlieper
Showmanship - Unlimited
1st Place - Sponsored by Faded Love
2nd Place - Sponsored by Faded Love
3rd Place - Sponsored by Faded Love
Showmanship - Limited
1st Place - Sponsored by Jim & Mona Schlieper
2nd Place - Sponsored by Dead Boot Chili
3rd Place - Sponsored by Lisa Edwards
Showmanship - One Man
1st Place - Sponsored by Wayne & Debbie E. Turner
2nd Place - Sponsored by Wayne & Debbie E. Turner
3rd Place - Sponsored by Wayne & Debbie E. Turner
Remember: Sponsorship is a totally different animal from being an entrant. The invitation to become a sponsor is extended to all - even event competitors because judging is left up to the judges.
If you are interested in sponsoring any of the Rocks - please contact Dwight Hamilton. He is already at the CTTCG campsite (behind and just east of the pavilion) if you'd like to talk to him in person, or give him a call at 512-507-4948 as soon as possible. Cell phones can be finiky in Terlingua, but messages can usually be sent or delivered.
Will Burk of Canyon Lake reports that he had to buy a special conditioner to keep his goatee tamed. He also reports that as the first of September he has collected right at $1000 for ALS.
Ron Faulstich of Lockhart is another one of the Thirsty Ol' Goats, and well... you can see for yourself he's got quite a set of chin wiskers.
Bubba Thorp, yep, the guy behind all this nonsense is pretty much leading the pack as far as length goes.
Jimmy Goodson was kind enough to also send us an updated snapshot. Looks like he's having fun with the task at hand, so to speak.
Bill Center is also sporting pretty good growth.
We'll soon be posting the particulars on how you could win the opportunity of shaving one of these Thirsty Ol' Goats in Terlingua, so stay tuned.
It's never too early to start thinking about Terlingua, because when it comes to Terlingua there's a lot to think about. Weather and clothing. Shelter, sleeping and where to clean up. First Aid supplies. Packing space. Food shopping lists and maps to navigate. Skipping over all the stressful stuff, how about figuring out just how soon you want to get there.
A lot of the newer cooks have no idea the scope of activities that take place Behind the Store over the course of the cookoff week. The Big Event is, of course on Saturday, but the fun starts much earlier in the week. To help you plan your trip and Vacation Time Off Request, we offer the following for thought.
MUSIC: Pack your dancing shoes! Live music at the stage under the pavilion Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, usually starting around 5:30ish. The final lineup:
Wednesday, October 29th you'll want to meander over to the CTTCG camp right about sunset for a phenominal Community Feed. This year it's burgers and side dishes are more than welcome!
Thursday, October 30th is Gate Duty Day for CTTCG
Members of the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group staff the entry gate from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Generally staffed with at least 2 people on 2-hour shifts, duties include checking in the qualified cooks and show teams and collecting gate fees from all others wishing to gain entry to the cookoff site. This is a great way for the Show teams to get out there and be seen (and remembered) early on. And, the two hours flies! Think about it and figure out which two hours you could spare, and then raise your hand when we call for volunteers, okay?
TERLINGUA GOLF ASSOCIATION
With no grass and certainly no manicured greens, golf Behind the Store is something to see! Started in 2002 by Doug Higgins, this 3-“hole” tournament is quite a hoot! Bring your club, your personalized balls and an old bath mat. For a nominal $3.00 entry fee, you'll have a blast. Tee off time is nine o’clock on Thursday morning.
Brand new event this year, Richard Willis is heading this one up. We'll let the flier speak for itself.
With a 5 pm turn in, Tolbert's Last Chance Cookoff was designed to help those cooks still needing points to qualify. Treated like a qualifier, the top three chili cooks get automatic qualification status to participate in the Big Cookoff on Saturday. The remainder of the top ten earn the standard issue 2 points. So, if you land in Terlingua with only 7 of the needed 9 points, you could cook, place 10th and conceivably go on to take all the marbles. Please note that all points earned at this very last cookoff expire with Saturday's event and do not carry over into the new chili season.
Wine and Cheese Tasting Party at the CTTCG camp site right about sunset Thursday evening. What started out as a homemade wine tasting has grown into a “Bring-Your-Own-Bottle-AND-One-To-Share Plus a Plate of Horse Dovers” event complete with tables piled high with sweet and savory finger foods. Sophisticated palate not required.
Friday, October 31st
Tables will be set up in the pavilion from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for early check in of all qualified cooks and show teams. We highly encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to complete their registration ahead of Saturday's crowd. Show teams will receive their team numbers at registration. Remember, photo ID required.
Jimmy Smith will once more be heading up all the barbecue, bean and black-eyed pea competitions. There is a registration form on the What's Coming Up page. Even though the deadline has passed for inclusion on the Free Admission List at the Welcome Shack, barbecue cooks can late register and pay event fees at check in upon arrival, armbands will be issued and gate entry fees will be waived. One free armband per meat category with a limit of two free armbands per household.
For the serious golfers in the crowd that aren't involved with the barbecue competitions on Friday, we offer the following:
We've gotten word that Tom Nall's Cowboy Camp will be hosting their annual chuck wagon dinner in honor of renowned photographer, Dallas resident, and long-time friend to the chili world, Mr. Chris Regas. All proceeds go to ALS. Chris is getting on in years and is a bit too fragile for the rugged terrain and sometimes harsh conditions in West Texas, but he'll be there in spirit. Donations are accepted - both food and money.
Don't forget that Friday is also Halloween. It doesn't take much observation of the surrounding area to figure out that the local kids don't have a very easy time Trick or Treating in Terlingua. They're smart though, they come to both of the chili cookoff sites to parade their costumes and collect candy. Works out even better when we're prepared for 'em. So, in a nut shell - Please take a bag of 3 Muskateers or Snickers (suggestions only) earmarked for the children of Terlingua, Study Butte and Lajitas. They really appreciate us!
Adults like to celebrate Halloween too, and since most chiliheads seem to appreciate costumes, we're expecting good participation for the Halloween Costume Contest. Held at the stage sometime between barbecue announcements and the band signing off for the night, Tom Nall and brother Blue will be the Masters of Ceremony. Dress accordingly.
Saturday is the big day. Chili turn in is at noon, so your day will probably start a little early. All chili cooks must attend the Mandatory Meeting at 8:30 am. Be sure to take your ID, because you're gonna need it to receive your turn in cup. The meeting is not expected to take more than about 15 minutes.
Show team captains aslo have a Mandatory Meeting on Saturday at 10:30 am.
If you have sent something to me and you have received no response or seen any action taken, please resend to chili.reporter@YAHOO.com and we'll see what happens. My advice: Never trust autocomplete, autofill or SpellCheck.
(For the season anyway!)
2013 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
Lisa Edwards from Kendalia, Texas
2014 Tolbert Ladies State Chili Champion of Texas
2014 Tolbert Texas Men's State Champion
Alan Greiner from Round Rock, Texas
2014 Tolbert Texas State Winner
Laury McCullough from
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 Phone Cards for the Troops, the VFW Scholarship Fund, Special Olympics, and Breast Cancer resources 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.