From Tammie Wooster:
Elks Lodge in Wichita Falls, TX
1. Clint Wooster - San Antonio, TX
2. Cindy Noe - WF, TX
3. Dru Stewart - Hurst, TX
4. David - Budda - Manske - Arlington, TX
5. Frances Sullivan - Waxahachie, TX
6. Shirley Smith - WF, TX
7. Tammie Wooster - WF, TX
8. Delores -Auntie - Sanders - Arlington, TX
9. Kelly Killingsbeck - Euless, TX
10. Ray Charboneau - WF, TX ________________________
1. Frances Sullivan - Waxahachie, TX
2. Terry Graves - WF, TX
3. Kevin Wooster - WF,TX ______________________________
1. Bettie Spears - Cat House Chili - Shawnee, OK
2. Sonya Starnes - Wildwitch Chili - Shawnee, OK
Elks Division - Chili
1. David - Budda - Manske - Arlington, TX Honorary Winner Irving Elks Lodge and your next years host for the Elks State Cookoff!!!
Elks Lodge - Sunday, March 21st
1. Clint Wooster - San Antonio, TX
2. Tammie Wooster - WF, TX
3. Michelle Adams - Iowa Park, TX
4. Bettie Spears - Shawnee, OK
5. Diane Fitzhenry - WF, TX
6. Judy Hawthorne - WF, TX
7. Laura Wooster - WF, TX
8. James Taylor - WF, TX
9. Pam Reese - WF, TX
10. Chuck Hawthorne - WF, TX __________________________
1. Bettie Spears - Shawnee, OK
2. James Taylor - WF, TX
3. Bob Luney - Iowa Park, TX
From Blu Daniels:
Tyler Rotary Club - Started raining about 9:00...Wind, Rain, Cold....ended up with 19 cooks. Helen Conley was here and brought 6 cooks. Their son Jim, daughter Susan and both their spouses are now chili cooks and loving it! First time for John and I to meet their kids and we love them. Right down our alley as far as thinking and having a good time! Jim and Susan both got a point! They're hooked!
Bear Reynolds and David Lake tied for the Bob Conley Memorial Challenge stove with 5 points, Bruce Young was there, tossed a coin, Bear called heads, it was tails, David Lake was not there but we are keeping it in a safe place for him. Did I mention Cold Wind Rain??
The TV stations were there because Tyler Rotary also throws in a Media Chili Cookoff, and they had 6 teams between the radio groups and 2 TV stations. That sweet young thing that reported on the Rose City cookoff 2 weeks ago and had my sassy mug and excited words on the evening news got Big John this time and he made a wonderful representative for all the chili cooks who occasionally make the choice to get out and support in awfully bad miserable Rain Cold Wind weather.
I want to send a HUGE appreciative Thank You to Bryan McFarlin of Belly Busters chili. He had our cooksite pert near packed up in the truck by the time John and I got out of the building after all the judging and tallying and getting the results and gathering all my supplies (cookoff coordinators and Refs know what I am talking about) and it was absolutely the most heart-warming wonderful feeling for both of us as we started up that parking lot, heads down against the wind and rain to find that all we had to do was push the canopy together and toss it in the back.
1. Tom Esford, Trinity
2. Roger Evans, Flint(Tyler area)
3. Bear Reynolds, Longview
4. Jonathon "Spud" Griffin, Arp (Tyler area)
5. Chris Griffin, Flint (no relation)
6. Susan Burgess, Baytown (Bob & Helen's daughter)
7. Nat Arriola, Bullard (Tyler area)
8. Jim Conley, Round Rock (Bob & Helen's son)9. Vicki Esford, Trinity
10. John Daniels, Winona (Tyler area)
Kiss Your Sister - Denning Key, Tyler
1. Freedom, John Daniels, Winona
2. Bear's Chili, Bear Reynolds, Longview
3. Renegade Chili Rovers II, Vicki Esford, Trinity
Thanks to Larry Wampler for coming down, even though he didn't cook, he did judge Show (mainly by memory at this point in the weather) and sat at the Final Table. All cooks made the Final Table (whew...everyone was happy about that). And we sang Happy Birthday to Spud when he came up for his 4th place trophy. I sincerely appreciate, as does the Tyler Rotary Club, all the cooks who came and tolerated the Cold Wind Rain to make this cookoff and now, our small group who will have this memorable occasion to talk about. At the end of the day, when we get home, get the essentials unpacked, prop our feet up and start to get the feeling back in our toes, it's almost like it never happened and we remember the good fellowship and the winning numbers being called out and the "See You Next Times" hollered in various directions.
From Alan Dean:
Here is the schedule for Texas Men's State
3:00 PM Registration opens. Barbecue meat inspection on arrival. Wings registration and pick up ($15.00) We supply the wings
5:00 Welcome reception featuring Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Wines, Mrs. Renfro’s salsa and singer/songwriter Dean Strickland
6:30 Cooks’ party and fajita dinner
Domino tournament after supper
Music by Nigel Delgado from 8:00 PM – midnight
Breakfast tacos and coffee available from the Johnson City 4H
8:00 – 10:00 AM Registration
9:30- Opening Ceremony
10:00 - Beer booth opens
Silent Auction begins Closes at 4:00 PM.
10:30 Turn in for Wings judging
11:00 Beans judging, Open beans competition for men only, $10.00 entry with 100% payback.
11:00- Calcutta bidding until 10 minutes after judging is complete
Noon - Turn in chicken for judging
Turn in for Business/ Non-profit chili
1:00 - Turn in chili for judging
2:00 - Turn in ribs for judging
2:00 – 4:00 Musical performance by Dean Strickland
3:30 - Turn in brisket for judging
4:00 Musical performance by Zero Skills, Inc
7:00 - Cooks potluck dinner. Please bring a covered dish.
8:00 - Music by Nigel Delgado
Pod On The Pedernales Chili Cookoff. Turn in and judging begins at noon.
I did not mention that on Saturday March 20, my folks celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary!! I do not think I will have to worry about ever celebrating this anniversay or I would have to live to be 127 years old!