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Christy Rossen of the IBCA supervises volunteer judges as they evaluate contestants' beef dishes during the 2019 D'Town BBQ Cook-Off, the last one before COVID.  D'Town Cook-Off 2021 takes place July 16 and 17.

The D'Town BBQ Cook-Off, cancelled in 2020 because of COVID, returns this weekend, July 16-17, to McDade Park in expanded form with the addition of live music, food trucks, and beer vendors, according to Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carl Watson, host for the event.  

The cook-off will be an International Barbecue Cooks Association (IBCA) sanctioned event  and a state championship provided a minimum of 25 teams sign up to compete.  As of last week, Watson had nine teams registered.  He said he was optimistic others would sign up by Friday when the teams are set to arrive and begin setting up their grills.  

Beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday, the Chamber is having the traditional fajita VIP dinner to thank sponsors and participating teams.  Watson said members of the public are welcome to attend.  Price per person is $10.  At 7:00 pm, the Dumas Fire Department is hosting the so-called Kids-Q cook off for children.  Children will compete in two groups:  from age six to 12 and from age 13 to 17.  They will be cooking steaks donated by JBS and competing for first and second place trophies in each group.  Watson said the children can register on the day of the competition, but he said it is better if they register beforehand.  Forms are available at the Chamber.  

The main event for the public begins Saturday at 11:00 am when the gate opens at the park, part of which will be fenced for the event.  Entry is $5 per person above 13 years of age.  Once inside, people will have the opportunity to enjoy the live music, food, and beverages, and, if they choose, act as judges for the main cook-off .  Teams are competing in four categories:  brisket, chicken, ribs, and cook's choice.  Watson said the Chamber needs 145 judges.  "We are always looking for judges."  He added that judges usually have a good time, and the qualifications are not  terribly high.  Judges have to be 18 years old or above and "be able to taste things."

Beginning at noon on Saturday, Roman Carbajal (12:00 - 1:00 pm), Texas Hits and a Miss (1:00 - 2:00 pm), the Caliche Dust Band (2:00 - 4:00 pm), High Noon Wake Band (4:00 - 6:00 pm), and the North Ridge Band (6:00 - 9:00 pm) will be playing live in the park.  Stix, 575 Pizza, the Chicken Box, and Street Vibes -- Snow Boxes will be serving a wide variety of dishes from their food trucks, and the Toppled Turtle Brewing Company and the Plaza Restaurant will be on hand to serve beer and other beverages.

Finally, Watson said there will be raffles on Saturday.  Some lucky person will win a "one-of-a-kind" fire pit with the D'Town BBQ Cook-Off logo.  Another will win a Yeti Cooler.

To sign up to compete or act as a judge, call the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce at 935-2123. 

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