Central Texas Outdoor Expo a big hit
Estimates are that around 3,500 people attended the event held Friday and Saturday at Apache Pass, located on FM 908 north of Rockdale.
“We believe the event grew substantially this year. We are pleased with the turnout and can’t wait to plan for 2013. I would like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers,” Chamber president Deedra Jacob said. “This truly was a group effort, with volunteers from Rockdale, Thorndale and Cameron.”
Saturday was highlighted by a Civil War re-enactment by members of Terry’s Texas Rangers Company F of Hays County, along with winners crowned in the 28-team barbecue cookoff and a dance featuring the country music band “Little Texas.”
Competitions in skeet shooting, washers, horseshoes, along with a raffle were held over the two-day event.
The Ben Baxter Band of Austin were winners of the “Battle of the Bands” contest held Friday night and opened up for Little Texas on Saturday.
OTHER ACTIVITIES— There were also food and retail vendors, a gunny sack slide, rock climbing, pony rides, exotic petting zoo, face painting, a mechanical horse, fly fishing demonstration and lessons, Texas Parks and Wildlife display, Texas Master Naturalist exhibits and a Wild West Regulators show.
WINNERS—Central Texas Outdoor Expo include:
Horseshoes winner—Ed Arionus.
Washer team winners—Jason Herbert and Richard Roberts.
Raffle drawing—Terry Crawford, grill guard; Phyllis Shuffield, Rhino lining; Jessie DeLeon, Med Spa basket; Heather Malone, outdoor rocker.
Facebook wristband winners—Kristi Martin, Bobbi Faust, Justin Taylor, Karry Morgan, Patti Schneider, Jami Becker, Kris Richter.
Battle of the Bands—Ben Baxter Band. Barbecue cookoff Overall winners—1. Climate Control 2; 2. Smoke This; 3. Blinde Kuh.
Beef—1. Climate Control 2; 2; River Rats; 3. Under the Influence; 4. Climate Control 1; 5. Smokin’ A; 6. Smokin K’s; 7. DWI Dude; 8. Blinde Kuh; 9. All Racked Up; 10. Smoke This.
Ribs— 1. Blinde Kuh; 2. Smoke This; 3. Riverbottom Driftwood Cookers; 4. Nats Rats; 5. Climate Control 2; 6. DWI Dude; 7. L and E Cookers; 8. Slap Ya Momma; 9. Texas Pit Crew; 10. Smokin’ A.
Chicken—1. Gabes Grillers 2; Smoke This; 3. Climate Control 2; 4. Under the Influence; 5. Slap Yo Momma; 6. Just A Krusin’; 7. O D Cookers; 8. Riverbottom Driftwood Cookers; 9. Nats Rats; 10. Blinde Kuh.
Wild game—1. Climate Control 2; 2. Smoke This; 3. Chillin’ and Grillin’; 4. Texas Pit Crew; 5. Blinde Kuh; 6. Barbie Q Queens; 7. Riverbottom Driftwood Cookers; 8. Stormin’ Norman; 9. Stoke It Up; 10. Smokin’ A.
Salsa—Barbie Q Queens.
Mens division—1. Terry Tackett, Chuck Harris (tie).
Womens division—1. Barbara White.
Kids division—1. Raymond Worley; 2. Bradley Worley.