The 2013 Grimes County Go Texan event once again proved it is the “big dog” in barbecue cook-offs with 222 entries from 74 cook-off teams. There was a combined dance attendance of 1,550 participants and six separate vendors throughout the weekend.
Judging was close but in the end there could only be three trophies for the six cook-off categories.
There were 56 entries for the County Barbecue category that included cook-off teams located throughout Grimes County. First place went to the Dollar Bills, who will represent Grimes County at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Second place was given to Game Day Cookers, while the Plantersville Swangerettes took third.
The Open BBQ contest had 18 entries, but the first place trophy went to Game Day Cookers. The SuperChango BBQ team took second place and Bite Me BBQ took the third place trophy.
The Backdoor Smokers snuck the first place ribs trophy from the other 73 contestants, including second place Plantersville Swangers. Team of Navasota went home with third place for the category.
With 74 entries for barbecued chicken, Team of Navasota was all smiles when they walked away with the first place trophy. The Plantersville Swangers and Killin Time Queens had to settle for second and third place, respectively.
The Chili cook-off was judged and award on Saturday night along with the Bloody Mary contest. The Burton Creek Cookers swept with first place in Chili, while the Sayersville Social Club and the Wild Crew trailed with second and third. First place in the Bloody Mary event went to Spinning S Cookers. The other 35 entries included the second place Plantersville Swangerettes and the Superior Cookers.
The two largest trophies of the Go Texan event went to Team of Navasota for High Point Overall and HideAway Ranch Cookers for the Best of Show in Cook-Off Teams.
Other judged events for the weekend included 12 teams of Horseshoe pitchers, with first place going to Harvey Wellmann and Herbert Faithauer from Washington County and second place going to Brian Perry and Mike Stoll of Grimes County. Perry and Stoll will represent Grimes County in the upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
There were also 12 teams in the Washer Toss event, with Justin Perry and Russell Pasket of Grimes County taking first place. Also from Grimes County were Darrin Pasket and Tim Busa who stole away with the first place domino tournament trophy.
Rance Imhoff and John Luthe, who won second place overall in Houston, were chosen for Jr. Team Sorting, while Mark and Jimmy Shimshack were chosen for Sr. Team Sorting.
Scholarship winners for the 2013 event have yet to be announced, but over $32,000 was raised for local students.