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Garza County News


State Championship Cookoff this Weekend

Friday night food, music and fun

Published Aug. 22, 2012 @ 9:30 a.m.

The 2nd Annual Post Rotary Club sponsored event has gone from a sanctioned event to a state championship cook off in less than a year.

The first ever "Smokin' in the Park" barbecue cook off in September 2011 was a successful event.  It's success had much to do with the proclamation making the 2012 cook off a Lonestar Barbeque Society (LBS) sanctioned Texas State Championship.

"In January 2012, I submitted a request to Senator (Robert) Duncan's office to proclaim it as a State Championship," explained organizer Kerry Dixon.

Friday night from 6-8, the Post Rotary Club will serve BBQ plates to the public.  Then from 8-Midnight, Vance Guthrie and Junction 84 will play country dance music from the gazebo.

On Saturday, the food judging begins at 10:30 a.m.   The awards presentation will be gin at 4:00 p.m.

Dixon, the warden at the Dalby Correctional Facility,  is one of many MTC employees who have embraced the weekend cooking culture and are responsible for making the cook off in Post a first class gathering for enthusiasts from around the region and state.

"Having this cook off proclaimed as a State Championship will increase the number of competitors because if they win a State Championship cook off, they become eligible to enter the famous American Royal in Kansas and the Jack Daniels Invitational in Lynchburg, Tennessee.  It's a big deal in the world of competitive cooking," said Dixon.   He expects the number of entries to far surpass last year's 20.

Members of the LBS will come to Post this Friday and Saturday, August 24-25, to see that the cook off is conducted by its rules and standards as the aroma of beef, pork, chicken and beans will fill the air at the City of Post park.

For more information, interested cookers should contact Dixon at 806-773-9751 or email him at


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