Smoke alert, the (really) good kind

First Milam County Festival BBQ Cookoff ahead this weekend at Fair Park
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Nobody’s ‘ribbin’ you, more than 70 teams will be cooking this weekend. Nobody’s ‘ribbin’ you, more than 70 teams will be cooking this weekend. Good news, Rockdale. You don’t have to wait until October for “Barbecue Alley” to materialize at Fair Park.

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the first annual Milam County Festival Barbecue Cookoff and 65 teams will recreate the aromatic alley in exactly the same place as the Rockdale Fair’s each fall.

Just like the Fair, there will be lots more going on at the park Friday and Saturday, including a carnival, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, horseshoe and washer tourneys, food booths and more.

There will be no admission charged to enter the park. “That includes the Friday night karaoke and the Saturday afternoon and night music at the pavilion,” Deedra Jacob, Chamber president, said.

BARBECUE—There will be cookoff competition in chili Friday night and beans, chicken, ribs and brisket divisions on Saturday.

Awards will be presented Saturday. “People’s choice tickets (votes for best BBQ) may be purchased Friday night and Saturday,” Jacob said.

Some happy, and undoubtedly messy, fun will unreel Friday night when a dozen contestants will compete in a rib-eating contest.

Signup begins at 6 p.m. in front of the New Salem Building with the first 12 entries accepted for the 7 p.m. competition.

FRIDAY FARE—Food and arts and crafts booths will open at 5 p.m. Friday. Arts and crafts will close at 8 p.m. and food booths will continue until sold out.

There’s karaoke under the pavilion Friday, a session from 7 to 8 for those 17 and under, followed by another 8 to midnight for those 18 and over.

SATURDAY—Breakfast tacos go on sale at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the New Salem Building, followed by a barbecue cooks meeting at 8:30.

Arts and crafts will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and food booths from 9 a.m. until sold out.

Signup for the horseshoe and washer tourneys gets under way at 12-noon at the competition pits just north of the New Salem Building.

Competition follows at 1 p.m.

It’s barbecue competition all afternoon starting with beans at 12-noon, chicken at 1 p.m., ribs at 2 and brisket at 3.

Award presentation is at 5 p.m. in front of the New Salem Building.

MUSIC, CARNIVAL—The Line in the Sand Band, w ith Brian and Carrie Weaks, will perform at the pavilion from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Lee Baker and the Kydells will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

The carnival actually gets a one- day jump on the weekend festivities, opening from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

That’s “buddy night” with carnival ride ride wrist bands two for $20.

Carnival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. with all wrist bands $20.

The carnival will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday with wrist bands, again, $20 each.

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