The events have been added to this year’s lineup so local wranglers can compete, said Harvey Dierschke, fair board president. But that’s not all that’s been added.
The Crazy Cookers are sponsoring the International BBQ Association-sanctioned cookoff at the south end of the fairgrounds.
Twenty-five teams have already signed up for the IBA cooking contest, according to organizers Rene Reyna, Irene Garza and Monica Flores. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for local students. Competition begins Friday night with a Margarita-stand-off contest, followed by a host of categories from beans, jointed chicken, pork spare ribs, brisket and road kill.
Non-professional cowboys and cowgirls who want to take a crack at earning some money, may participate in the steer saddling and junior barrel racing at the Lester Meier Rodeo.
Six three-person teams will battle it out for a winner-take-all jackpot. Entry fee is $10 per man. Rodeo fans will see local talent each night of the rodeo. Interested teams are asked to contact a fair board member.
“Visitors to the 2009 Refugio County Livestock Show, Fair and Rodeo will be happy to know that the gate entry fee will remain $1 per person for people over 12,” Dierschke said.
The board nixed the proposal to raise the fee to $2.
“When the Refugio Lions Club found that the majority of the money goes to the Refugio and Woodsboro Boy Scout troops and Venture Crew, they committed to help financially,” Dierschke said.
Last year’s popular wild west entertainers, The Brazos Bottom Cowographers will return again this year. The group’s sponsors, the County Ranch Heritage Committee, will provide bleacher-style seating for the crowd.
Dierschke also announced a change in schedule for next year’s event. Starting next year, the fair and rodeo will move to the last week in March.
“More local exhibitors can attend the Houston Livestock Show and moving the date will eliminate the conflict with sharing the carnival with Oysterfest during leap years,” Dierschke said.
With much needed rain predicted this weekend, the board president is hoping this year’s event doesn’t fall prey to the glitches of last season. He says there are indoor spaces and events to go indoors during the possible showers.
“This year’s fair is a family-oriented event so we hope everyone comes out and has a good time, even during a possible desperately needed rain,” Dierschke said.