May 28, 2013 - The Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group, based in Lockhart, Texas does a lot more than just cook competition chili. They look to the future!
This group comprised of approximately 125 people, travels a circuit throughout Central Texas putting on cook offs, and as official Tolbert Chili Ambassadors, promoting the State Dish of Texas - Chili. Sponsoring over thirty events a year, each benefitting its own charity, the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group raises both awareness and money. Funds are raised through entry fees, silent auctions, and raffle ticket sales for a long list of charities, including breast cancer, a couple of volunteer fire departments, catastrophic diseases, juvenile diabetes, veterans programs, Special Olympics and area food banks.
Following the sudden death of founder and leader, Mike “BB” Hughes in November 2009, the Group threw a benefit/auction to clear BB’s estate of final debts and expenses. The evening was such a success that when everything had been paid, there was a considerable sum of money left over. With the blessings of BB’s family that extra money turned into the Mike “BB” Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund. The following spring $2500 was paid out in five scholarships. Today the Scholarship is funded by the proceeds of four regional, state and international chili cookoffs.
Established to encourage financially challenged students to pursue their educational goals beyond high school, the Scholarship Selection Committee this year chose three deserving students to receive a $500 scholarship.
The 2013-14 recipients are Shelby Carriger of Bastrop, Joella Reeder of Llano, and Haley Brown from Lockhart. Shelby was sponsored by the Martini Girls chili and show team as well as the Burnt Offerings competition team of chili and barbecue cooks. Shelby will be attending Blinn College in Brenham next semester with an eye toward a degree in forensic nursing. Joella Reeder, granddaughter of chili cook Steve Reeder, hopes to attend Abilene Christian University to study art this fall. Haley was sponsored by Terry & Peggy Wright, and will be attending Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the fall. Haley is undecided at this point on whether she will follow her firefighter father into public service or pursue her interest in medicine.
With the addition of this year’s selections, the CTTCG has awarded an even dozen scholarships in four years. More will be awarded next year, and the year after that too, because the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group is going to keep looking to the future.
We did good, huh?
As we remember Charlie Bartley and realize that BB's birthday would be next week, August 9th, look what Dwight ran across...
... anybody know when or where this was taken? Send us an email!
The Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group has named two additional $500 scholarship winners. They were presented to Steve Reeder’s grandson Brady Reeder who will be going to UT Arlington, and to Kelsey Goldstein, one of those Damn Goldsteins! who just graduated and will be going to UT this fall. Both of these kids are very deserving, and we’re happy we can help them out. That brings our total number of scholarships awarded in 2011 to six! Yeah Us!! Maybe next year we can push that number up to eight!
We released balloons on BB's Birthday - 8/9/11.
BB with his sister Mary Burrier and his niece Gina Herbert.
"I was a customer and a friend of Mike Hughes. He has been calling on my business ever since we opened the doors. Every time he came by we had our political conversations and food talks. He was a fine person and will be missed by all. It was an honor to know him and consider him as a friend."
Greater Metropolitan Fitzhugh
As some of you know, I’m a bit "bunged-up" and was unable to get this finished in time for last month’s issue. For good or worse, here it comes. Let ‘er buck!
He was a man of the West.
From the Sand Hills of Nebraska he came.
He was one of the best
And, we all know his name.
His youth he spent ranchin’ and farmin’
It is said.
In manhood, he covered the country
With flags blue and red.
Boy Howdy, could he cook the beans, chili and ‘cue.
His entries scored high every derned week.
And, those who could beat him numbered but few.
At Terlingua in ‘07, he reached chili’s peak.
He was the Number One Husker,
He loved his Big Red.
In his eyes came a luster,
When his team was ahead.
His friendship was warm,
His heart open to all.
Ne’er an unkind word toward anyone,
Would you hear him call.
He loved both his home states.
A certified Texan by Governor’s proclaim.
Number one in our hearts is where he rates.
And, BB was his name.
** WARNING ---- "No Sissies, Wimps, or Jerks Allowed !" **
By The Right Rev. J. Mike Smith 3 Also Known As --- The Right Reverend
Doctor General J. Mike "SCORPION BREATH" Smith 3, Chili Clergy, Bar-B-Q
Baron, B.E.A.N. and P.E.A. Terlingua Events Founder, SPAM World Champion,
Texas Hamburger Champion, Pepper Inspector, Doctologist, Chilistorian,
Chilioligist, Chilistician, "Chili Mafia" Leader, and Chili Pope West of the
31 Years With The Goat Gap Gazette
---------SINCE 1950 -----
It was the glorious Fall of 1995, and " Terlingua - Time " was near......
For several years back then, Jimmy Doherty and I had been travelling
together out to the Big Bend and spending an entire week out there enjoying the
sights, visiting friends, and staying at the "Old" Lajitas resort.
I say "Old" because it was before the first sale of the property that led to the
complete renovation and total change of the entire little village there....
The phone rang a few days before our departure date, and Jimmy said
we had 2 new "Terlingua Virgins" that were going to ride with us out there to
the "Big-Un" ...
Those "Virgins" were none other than B.B. Hughes and Dwight
Jimmy already had the two in the car when they picked me up at
dark-thirty early Sunday a.m., the weekend before Terlingua chili time....We
jumped on Hwy. 290 west in the Oak Hill area of Southwest Austin, and we were
off and running........Johnson City.....Fredricksburg.....Harper......then BAM -----a
young buck Deer jumped out in front of Jimmy's brand new Lincoln
Continental.......thank goodness he had some good old duct tape in the trunk to
hold up the bumper......then carefully on to
Segovia.....Junction.....Sonora......Ozona.......Ft. Stockton......then beautiful
Alpine ........ south to Study Butte.......and then 3 miles west to the Cookoff site
behind Arturo White's country store.....
It was a week early, and back then there weren't a lot of folks around that
early , but we got our usual warm welcome from Al Hopkins, who we assured
that we would be around to help put up the big banner-sign on Tuesday a.m.
We trekked on by the Ghost Town, and then by the old "Mine site"
where the Terlingua Cookoff was held before the split in 1983, and the CASI
site, then headed over to check in to our rooms at Lajitas. Dwight bunked with
Jimmy and B.B. shared the "Officer's Quarters" room with me...
In the following days we took a trip up into the National Park to the Basin,
went on an "adventure" to Presidio and Ojinaga, and went back to Alpine to
"Re-Load" at the "Cash Machine" at the bank there...We got a few "cold beers"
and some good vittles each night at the Starlite before heading back to the
Lajitas Saloon for " Executive Session " meetings.....
On that Thursday afternoon late, we stopped at the Pizza joint to give it a
try......We had a couple of good pizzas and some brewskis, met some nice CASI
folks from out of state and one remarked, " you guys are great....we thought
everyone at "THE OTHER Cookoff" had Devil's Horns and spit poison
......Thats what we heard ! ..."
On Friday a.m. I got up early and was preparing to load up the trophies
and stuff for the B.E.A.N. and P.E.A. Cookoffs I was running , when B.B.
announced that he was sick......really felt B A D ....Evidently the pizza didn't sit
well with his insides.....He insisted on staying behind at the room that day to rest
Then on to the Cookoff site, where I worked the cookoffs in
conjunction with Colonel Bob and Sue Murphy's Barbecue event that day, got
the announcements made and the prizes all awarded, and then rerurned to
Lajitas to check on B.B. , who had made a pretty nice recovery by then.....
By Friday, there was a huge crowd at the site, but Saturday a.m. when
we arrived back at the site, there were even more folks that had come in for the
big Chili Cookoff that day, and I remember B.B.'s eyes were as big as silver
dollars when we pulled in that morning....
We visited and roamed around the site that Saturday morning and
introduced B.B. and Dwight to lots of folks there. Jimmy and I had both been
Final Chili Judges for many years and we settled in to taste that fine Chili when
the time arrived..........
Well, our "Terlingua Chili Virgins" were Hooked on Chili !
Dwight owned a fine little Tavern in south Austin back then, and we got
together that next spring there for the first of what would become many, many,
MANY Chili Cookoffs that our "Dynamic Duo" would eventually be responsible
for putting on !
Jimmy and I explained to B.B. and Dwight that day how to do the cups,
score the chilis, monitor the tables, and tablulate the scores.....I believe we had
8 Chilis that day, plus "Juan and Juana Moore" to make 10 !
Soon friends of both B.B. and Dwight were encouraging them to put on
other Cookoffs in the Del Valle, Lockhart, Bastrop, Manchaca areas, and soon
enough they had enough events to keep most weekends of the year booked
solid with Cookoffs. They added BBQ competition, along with BEAN events,
Bloody Mary and Margarita-Offs, and the occasional Pea event to their Cookoffs,
too.....And today, WOW ! The hard work that B.B. and Dwight put in for years
has led to the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group circuit of Cookoffs that starts on
New Year's Eve and continues to Mid-December every year !
Jimmy and B.B. will be missed by their Chili-World friends.... They
have joined a big group of wonderful Chili-Folks up in Chili-Heaven....... and all
our fond memories of them will live on forever....
Here's hoping everybody has had a nice Holiday season, and we
wish ya'll a very Happy New Year ......
And Remember to let your good friends know how much they mean to
See ya 'Down the Trail' ........
---- R R D G ----
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If you have a sentiment or photo you'd like to add, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Personal messages for the family can be sent to:
PO Box 842
Lockhart, TX 78644
We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.
We think of you in silence, we often speak your name.
Now all we have are memories, and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake, with which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts.