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Howdy-Roo serves up chili, barbecue cook-offs

Chili and barbecue, two Texas staples, come together for the annual Howdy-Roo at a new location for the popular Marble Falls cook-off. This year's event marks 50 years.

The 2022 cook-off is May 6-8 at Lakeside Pavilion, 305 Buena Vista Drive. The Highland Lakes Pod of the Chili Appreciation Society International moved the event to Lakeside Park after it outgrew its previous location in Johnson Park.

“We’re really excited about this being the 50th year,” said the local pod's Carrie Kinnison. “We’re planning on 200 cooks this year, which would make it the biggest Howdy-Roo we’ve ever held.”

The top five finishers at the CASI regional contest earn a coveted spot in the CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship on Nov. 1-5 in Terlingua, Texas.

A Lone Star Barbecue Society-sanctioned barbecue cook-off takes place along with the Howdy-Roo chili competition.

Chili entry fees are $35 for the CASI open competition and $20 for the local business cook-off (businesses must be in Burnet County). The Lone Star Barbecue Society entry is $150 for one or all categories — chicken, spare ribs, and brisket — and $10 for beans.

If you're not cooking, you are welcome to judge the entries. No previous experience is necessary.

The event serves as a fundraiser for Highland Lakes nonprofits. Benefiting this year are the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department, Marble Falls Boy Scout Troop 284, and the Marble Falls High School band boosters.

Cooks and other attendees can participate in a silent auction hosted by the band boosters and a prize giveaway by the Scouts. A number of vendors will be on hand.

Cook registration is 2-5 p.m. Friday, May 6, and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the pavilion.

For more information on cooking or judging, contact Kinnison at 281-615-2408 or For information on the barbecue cook-off and vendor opportunities, contact Craig Schlicke at 512-507-9089 or

Associate Editor Daniel Clifton contributed to this story.

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Ruby Ross —
Thank you for such a great article. We have come a long way to get to our 50th. It has all been fun. Thanks for your support!

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