Barbecue, dancing planned for Wolfforth’s Boot Scoot and BBQ Cook-Off

This year’s Boot Scoot and Barbecue Cook-Off will also feature a barbecue dinner as the country music starts at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4.

The third annual Wolfforth Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture event is set for Aug. 3-4.

Each year the Cook-Off has added more elements to involve the community in the event. In its second year, it added the Boot Scoot, which was held in the just-barely-finished pavilion at Patterson Park.

This year’s addition of the dinner will not be taken from the goods cooked in the competion, but it will involve the community in the event.

The International Barbecue Cookers Association sanctioned competition will start Friday, Aug. 3 at noon with the cooks signing in and getting instructions from the judges at a cooks’ meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Wolfforth Community Center Building. Those who are competing can camp in the park overnight so they will be prepared for the start of cooking the next morning.

“From Saturday morning about 7 a.m. on, they’re cooking. And they’re pretty serious about it,” Chamber President Terri Robinette said, noting that prize money and points toward attendance at a state IBCA cook-off are at stake. “It’s a serious cooking event.”

Shawndelle Kreger, a past president of the Wolfforth Chamber, is the head judge of the event. She said she hopes to find about 100 to 125 judges available to taste jackpot beans, chicken, ribs and brisket.

But even that amount could change if a lot of cooks show up. Kreger and Robinette said they are unsure how many cooks will show up on Friday. In the first year, about 40 cooks came to the Barbecue Cook-Off, but last year the event brought in just over 50 cooks, leading to its status as a state-qualifying IBCA event.

This year, Robinette said the event could attract as many as 70 cooks, which could pose a problem at Patterson Park, where space is limited for where to put that many people.

“I would suspect we would have 60 to 70,” Kreger said. But she said it could just as easily be less than 50 because of the economy.

With about 50 cooks, Kreger said there should be judges for two preliminary tables, two semi-finals tables and one final table for each type of food. If 70 cooks show up, the number of preliminary tables goes up to four, and the number of semi-final tables goes to three. That would mean more judges, she said.

“You don’t want five people to taste 50 pieces of meat. They’ll lose what it tastes like,” Kreger said.

After the judging is over, Wolfforth Chamber members are hoping the public will come out for the barbecue dinner, which will run from 5-7 p.m. Dinner tickets will be $7 a plate at the gate. Those who come to eat should remember to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets, Robinette said. For a $10 fee, those coming to the park can also bring a cooler full of drinks, including alcohol. No glass containers will be allowed in the park.

The music for the Boot Scoot will also begin at 5 p.m. Texas 114 will kick off the event at 5 p.m., and Jason Nutt will take the stage at 7 p.m. The headliner, Rob Baird, will take the stage at 9 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are available through Select-A-Seat Lubbock for $10 in advance, and will be $15 at the gate.

Kreger said her family initially got involved in cook-off events because it was a way to spend time together and compete in cooking, what they call “performing.”

“It’s a very organized sport that you can involve your family in,” she said.

For more information about cooking in or judging the Barbecue Cook-Off, contact the Chamber office at 806-855-4159 or write to info@wolfforthchamber.org.

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