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Howdy-Roo chili cook-off May 1-2 in Marble Falls

Welcoming a huge Howdy-Roo crowd for the 2021 chili cook-off are Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Thomas Jacobs (left), Howdy-Roo committee members Craig Schlicke, Chuck Dear, Carrie Kinnison, Ruby Ross, and Doc Kinnison, and VFD Capt. Cole Davis. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Chili culinarians and grill masters converge at Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J South in Marble Falls, on Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2, for the Howdy-Roo cook-off. With more than 150 cooks competing, it truly is a recipe for fun, laughter, and spicy cuisine.

Howdy-Roo committee member Carrie Kinnison noted the event has two qualifying places up for grabs for the 54th annual world championship in Terlingua.

Howdy-Roo entry fees are $35 for chili and $10 for beans. Those wanting to compete in the meats division, which includes chicken, brisket, and ribs, pay $150 no matter if they're cooking one, two, or all three meats.

Beans judging begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by chicken at noon, ribs at 1:30 p.m., chili between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and brisket at 3 p.m. Those wanting to be judges should arrive at the park's stage an hour before the beans and meats are turned in; chili judges should be there at 11 a.m. because of the number of chili pots that will be submitted.

All is not lost for those on the trail to Terlingua who don’t win on Saturday. The Highland Lakes Backbone Creek Chili Cook-off on Sunday automatically qualifies its first-place winner for the championship event. Entry is $25.Judges for this event should be at the park between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. when the chili is turned in.

The Helping Center of Marble Falls food pantry is organizing a Pick and Draw in which people can buy tickets to drop into baskets in front of donated items (usually in a gift bundle) that they want to win. The winning tickets are drawn from each basket for that particular item.

The Howdy-Roo committee is also holding a 50-50 contest in which people can buy tickets for a chance to win 50 percent of a money pot.

Any money raised during the weekend will be distributed to The Helping Center, Marble Falls Boy Scout Troop 254, and the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department.

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