Championship Cook Off Out Smokes Last Year's Contest
Rotary Club raises funds for worthy projects
Published Aug. 30, 2012 @ 7:41 p.m.
The Post City Park was full of 49 cookers last weekend to compete in the 2nd Annual "Smokin' in the Park" state championship barbeque cook off. "I believe the event went great and was even bigger than expected," commented Post Rotary Club president and event organizer Kerry Dixon about the 46 full teams of cookers.
By late afternoon Saturday, the beef, pork ribs, chicken and beans had been seasoned, smoked and judged bringing the event to a very successful end. Dixon added "it brought a lot of people to town and I hope to make it bigger next year."
The first event in September 2011 attracted 19 cooking teams. The 2012 cook off was upgraded earlier in the year when it was proclaimed a Texas state championship sanctioned event.
Rotary treasurer Dave Tyler told The Garza Post that the total prize money awarded was $5835: $1125 was given in each of the brisket, ribs and chicken categories to the top five finalists, the beans category had three cash winners totaling $255 and the calcutta paid out $1455.
The participants started arriving Friday morning and that evening the Rotary Club sold over 200 chopped brisket sandwich meals to the public. Later local country-rock band Vance Guthrie and Junction 84 took the stage and played until 11:30 p.m.
At the awards ceremony, Brendan Locker of Graham, Texas won Grand Champion and received a cash prize and plaque. Chris Eaves of Iowa Park, Texas won Reserve Grand Champion which also included a large plaque and cash.
Six local participants from Post and Gail filled in 8 of the top 10 places in the four categories. Those included Dickie Odom, Chase Odom, Larry Bond, Jeremy King, Rolanna Moore and Clay Ham.
By all aspects, the Lonestar Barbecue Society sanctioned State Championship "Smokin' in the Park" cook off was a success. "None of this could have been possible without the support of all of our great sponsors from the community," expressed Dixon. The sponsors contributed $5800 to the event.
The Post Rotary Club uses fund raising proceeds to offer scholarships to graduating high school seniors, to send teens to RYLA summer camp and to contribute to national and international Rotary charity programs.
Grand Champion: Brendan Locker – Graham, Texas
Reserve Champion: Chris Eaves – Iowa Park, Texas
|1||Kirk Pittman – Lubbock
||Dusty Ratliff – Lubbock
|2||David Cook – Lubbock
||Jackie Warner – Hamlin
|3||Brendan Locker – Graham
||Clay Ham - Gail
Chris Eaves – Iowa Park
Brendan Locker – Graham
|5||Richard Lett – Abilene
||Junior Urias – Midland
|6||Jeremy King – Post
||Chris Eaves – Iowa Park
|7||Chase Odom – Levelland
||Royce Williams – Paradise
|8||Connie McMorries – Midland
||Larry Bond – Post
|9||Bubba Garrett – Wichita Falls
||David Cook – Lubbock
|10||Bob Lanham – Midland
||Kirk Pittman – Lubbock
|1||Bob Lanham - Midland, TX||Curt Brummett - Colo. City|
|2||Colby Caton - Abilene, TX||Sharon Bonner - Lubbock, TX|
|3||Bobby McMorries- Midlan TX||Billie Rennie - TX|
|4||Royce Williams - Paradise, TX||Keith Hughes - Lubbock, TX|
|5||Larry Bond - Post||Jeremy King -Post|
|6||Dickie Odom - Post||Bobby McMorries - Midland, TX|
|7||Chap Bumpass - Lubbock, TX||Rolanna Moore - Post, TX|
|8||Brendan Locker - Graham, TX||Dusty Ratliff - Lubbock, TX|
|9||Clay Ham - Gail, TX||Brendan Locker - Graham, TX|
|10||Ray Bradford - Midland, TX||Lance Moore - Lubbock, TX|