"We had a good turnout, considering all the other events this weekend," said Natalia Purcell of the Panhandle Children's Foundation (PCF). More than 40 bikers and 19 barbecue teams showed up to take part in the organization's biggest annual fundraising event, Hoggs at the Point, Saturday at Talon Point between Dumas and Channing. Purcell said the grand total of money raised during the event had not been tallied as of Monday. She thought it would be similar or a bit higher than in previous years. Money raised at Hoggs at the Point helps the PCF provide assistance to families of children with special needs.
There was plenty of competition for people's time and money Saturday in Moore County and in neighboring Hartley County. While the 40 bikers were off on a 100-mile trek around the Panhandle and the cooking teams were competing in the International Barbecue Cooks Association (IBCA) sanctioned cook off, in nearby Channing, fans of western heritage were taking part in the premier Legacy of the XIT Roundup, which featured a rodeo, parade, school reunion, barbecue, and street dance. In Sunray, the Sunray Lions Club, with a little help from some Dumas Noon Lions Club members, were serving more than 1000 barbecue meals in Greg Smith Memorial Park as part of Sunray Funday. According to Bruce Broxson, Sunray mayor and head Lion, that was up a bit from previous years. Earlier in the morning, the event kicked off with a parade and ended Saturday evening with a street dance and drawing for an Indian motorcycle. The Sunray Police Department and the Lions raffled off the motorcycle to raise money to help both organizations with their community activities. Down the road in Dumas, 101 entries from as far away as Guymon, Oklahoma were competing in a car show put on with a sidewalk sale as a joint effort by Crime Stoppers of Moore County and the Dumas Downtown Association (DDA). Money raised from the car show was to go to help fund Crime Stoppers of Moore County. DDA Executive Director Irene Delgado said the combined event was "very successful." And she said she did not know yet how much money had been raised. There were fewer vendors and less sidewalk activity than during the July Sip and Shop. But Delgado said those who came Saturday and those Dumas Avenue businesses that stayed open reported strong sales.
On the same weekend as the other events, the Cowboy Classic Rodeo was drawing crowds Friday evening and again on Saturday afternoon and evening. There was something for everyone Saturday and a lot of events, but there seemed to be enough people to go around, at least in Moore County.
At Hoggs at the Point, Purcell said Tommy Smith of Bent Nail BBQ of Midland won a trophy and $1,250 as the Grand Champion of the cook off, while Merrick Hager of Smok'n Raiders of Lubbock took home a trophy and $650 as Reserve Grand Champion. Smith also won the chicken category. Other category winners were Erik Torres for pork spare ribs, Kevin Newton for brisket, Shane Courville for beans, and Smith again in the open category. The winners also received points from the IBCA for future competition.
Back in Sunray, Valerie Cartrite was the winner when Lions Club Sweetheart Lisa Sandoval reached into the hopper and pulled out a card with the name of the lucky person on it. Cartrite was not present Saturday, so Sunray Police Department Chief Colt Farni had to call. He ended up leaving a message on voice mail. Later, Farni said he had heard from Cartrite. She was excited to win, but she was not a motorcycle rider. Farni said things had been worked out so that the motorcycle would go back to the Lubbock dealer, and Cartrite would receive the money.
In Dumas, Delgado said Joe Tolls of Fritch won a trophy and $500 as Best of Show with his 1929 Model A Ford truck. Larry and Val Dutcher of Dumas won for Best Paint, Wade Lenz for Best Interior, and Mikey Rodriguez, also of Dumas, won the People's Choice award. They too went home with a trophy, but with $100 apiece.
Saturday was a day for live music in Moore County. The popular, local North Ridge Band played the Sunray street dance. Strange Saints from Amarillo was a hit at Hoggs at the Point, according to Purcell, while Band Monarch, a group of high school students from Amarillo, impressed the Dumas crowd with their renditions of classic rock from the 1970s.