And, indeed, Chad Patzke (L) threw in the towel— picked up a towel would be more accurate—in the rib eating contest of the Milam County Festival’s Barbecue Cookoff Friday at Fair Park. Patzke’s efforts paid off. He won the contest, which drew seven hungry hopefuls under the park’s shady oak trees. Patzke ate two pounds of ribs in five minutes. At right, contestant Charlie Shirley devoured 1.5 pounds and placed third. Below, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce manager Deedra Jacob weighs the leftover ribs to determine order of finish while contestants Daniel Willie and Kathy Bush contemplate whether to ask for antacid tablets. The cookoff drew 74 teams. More photos, results, page 1B.