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Bandera Celebrates 14th Annual Riverfest with BBQ Cookoff
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 24, 2011

Cookers from around the State of Texas will gather at the 14th Annual Bandera Riverfest for an opportunity to show off their culinary cooking skills and win some great prizes. Sanctioned by the Central Texas Bar B Que Association, this is sure to produce some awesome BBQ.

CTBA was formed to establish fair and equal guidelines for all competitive BBQ cooks who insist on well-run and organized barbeque cookoffs. The Central Texas Barbeque Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting barbeque – barbeque cooking, Bar-B-Que contest, B-B-Q eating, BBQ whatever – and having a good time while doing so. No matter how you spell "BARBEQUE" it is the hottest thing going. The CTBA was founded in 1992 with 10 members and grew to over 100 in less than a year. The CTBA promotes barbeque by assisting civic and charitable organizations in conducting barbeque contests. For the contestants, the CTBA offers standardized rules and regulations, and the knowledge that the contest will be fairly judged.

This year a record number of teams have entered to see who can get the coveted awards designed and made by nationally known sculptor, Ester Benedict. Competition includes Best Bloody Mary, Best Beans, Best Chicken, Best Pork Ribs, Best Brisket and Best Margaritas. Additional trophies include Best Theme, Best Pit and People's Choice.

Judging is always fun too, so if you interested in filling a judges position, give us a call at 830-796-4447. Seats are limited so sign up soon.

Bandera Riverfest is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, at Bandera City Park. Gates open at 10 am and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 55 and over, children 12 and under are free, and active military with I.D. are free. For more information, go to

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