Slide show follows the stats.
Congratulations to the 2011 Behind the Store and second time Men's State winner, George Odom of Manchaca for his 1st Place Chili and all the bragging rights that go with it.
Photo courtesy of Linda Odom
Long Live King George!
George was also crowned King at this event in 2006 for his Chillionaire Chili. He and photographer wife Linda, herself the 2004 Behind the Store Champion are terrific Ambassadors of Chili and a couple of hoola-hooping nuts!
Out of 12 entries, the top brewski at the Beer Off was a Zeigen Bach limited edition. This was determined by somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 judges meandering around the table slurping the different samples. A blue and silver can of Keystone Lite came in 4th. Who knew? Everybody had a good time, nobody got blitzed and nobody threw up.
Temperatures got pretty low in the wee hours and some folks had a bit of trouble with frozen hoses making coffee in the mornings a bit of a challenge. Those in tents or sleeping in their vehicles ran little electric fans off of long extension cords. Snaking along the grounds, and heavy on the multi-plugs, more than one camp experienced a sudden power loss for a spell. Sleeves and light jackets were needed a good part of the day, but it was bight and sunny, clear and beautiful. Stiff breezes kept the flags flying full and they looked real pretty.
We had several teams competing in Showmanship with 1st Place going to Tom Rowe of San Marcos.
With a lot of guts, and in good sport Tom's show 'Kamo Kweens Powered by Pink' is focused on drawing attention to Breast Cancer Awareness. Bravo! Maybe not setting a fashion trend, you gotta love the necklace!
Ted Cathey of Hamilton won 2nd Place Show with his Cajun Heat. What a hoot. He does pretty darn good for a fella that has a real, real hard time hearing. Deba Center stopped by and joined in for a bit. Ted is a charming character that we hope to see more often.
In honor of Texas Independence Day, Jim Schlieper of Freer with his Schmokin' & Chillin' show gave away little Texas flags. Wife Mona has made individual sleeves for Jim's full size collection and says she has a hard time keeping up when there's always a new one coming in.
We'd like to thank Vern Kong of Maxdale for again feeding everyone. The stew on Friday night was delicious, and the Saturday morning breakfast spread just short of amazing! The man sure knows how to cook for a crowd.
A very special thank you to Jimmy Smith. Taking on the responsibility of hosting the 2013 Tolbert Texas Men's State Chili Championship at the eleventh hour, he did a great job. No doubt it helped that he has a little experience at running a cookoff. Jimmy is the Director of the Friday events, aka BBQ in Terlingua.
Speaking of Terlingua - directly off of the CASI website, their directors have cancelled their barbecue event this year. We're hoping some of those displaced pit masters drag their rigs Behind the Store to join our competition. Who knows? With a little exposure they just might figure out Tolbert is the better way to go. We'll remind you to put out your Welcome signs when the time comes!
Photo courtesy of Bud Rozell
A huge thank you and a tip of the hat to our new Tally Master, Richard 'Scorpion Wrangler' Willis, Debbie Eiland Turner, and Bud Rozell for pitching in to get registrations taken care of, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, all of the judging and table monitoring. You folks stepping up allowed Jimmy Smith to step away from his event hosting duties long enough to put on a pot of red in defense of his title. Although hoping for a threepete, Jimmy was happy with his 7th Place finish.
Photo courtesy of Linda Odom
Not trusting the results of a study conducted several years ago, a new survey was taken during this year's Tolbert Texas Men's State Chili Championship. Amazingly the concensus is still the same: Nine out of ten contestants expressed the desire of winning 2nd Place Chili, not 1st. It's a storage issue. Over the years each retiring king has added 'a little something' to the King's Booty, a motley assortment of 'Kingly Goods.' Cape, crown, banner, staff, chair... er, throne, artwork, containers, candles and all sorts of what knot. Jimmy Smith, the retiring back-to-back 2011 and 2012 Men's State Champ donated space in his shed to the incoming king, probably the most useful donation to date. King George, however, simply rearranged the motorhome, and packed all the goodies in for the ride to Manchaca.
In tribute to our late friend and Tally Master, Robert Corley who passed away in January and was a Parrot Head to the core, we dressed ourselves up in Hawaiian shirts. We were a very colorful group. Doris Corley with daughter Cheryl came out for a little while and brought with her a large selection of his chili event shirts, and even a couple of jackets. These items will be cleaned and will show up in an auction down the road.
The official stats can be found below. We'd like to thank Bud Rozell for sending his pictures, and encourage the rest of you to send 'em on over - there's always room for more and we love seeing an event from your perspective!
The 1st Annual Changes in Latitude Beverage Challenge was great fun. Out of four entries and more than a little fanfare, the 1st Place trophy went to King George Odom. The judges may have been swayed by George's dramatic reading of a poem dressed in his kingly garb. Bud Rozell made quite a splash with his Ty-D Bowl blue Hurricaine. Hot and cold at the same time thanks to some Habanero-infused vodka, his presentation display glass certainly impressed the judges. One member of the audience thought the decorative vessel could use some panties and a bra. Bud took home the Dead Ass Last prize based on taste. Newcomer Sharon Hamlin of Houston, an overwhelmed CPA at this time of year turned in a burgundy colored brew of flamable liquid. One judge said he was afraid to pass gas for an hour because it tasted like jet fuel and he wasn't sure where he'd land. Just kidding.... sort of. Sharon was awarded a beat up copy of Mr. Boston she can refer to in her future bartending endeavors.
It was a first time cook that won 1st Place Chili at the Brazilian Open, the second day cookoff in Maxdale on Sunday, March 3rd. Zachary Wineland of Buda is now qualified to cook Behind the Store in November. Heck of a way to start competition chili cooking! Congratulations Zach! We hope to see you in Lockhart. A full list of winners is posted on the Brazilian page.
Chairman: Jimmy Smith
Head Judge: Bud Rozell
Chili - 27 Entries
1st Place - George Odom, Manchaca, TX
2nd Place - Robert Trautman, Lockhart, TX
3rd Place - Mick Joplin, Lake Whitney, TX
4th Place - Tom Burrows, Lockhart, TX
5th Place - David Lazarus, Killeen, TX
6th Place - Jim Schlieper, Freer, TX
7th Place - Jimmy Smith, Harker Heights, TX
8th Place - Andy “Jr” Dalton, Del Valle, TX
9th Place - Steve Reeder, La Grange, TX
10th Place - Jim Trietsch, Waco, TX
11th Place and out of the money - Wesley Cox, Nolanville, TX
1st Place - Tom Rowe of San Marcos, TX with Kamo Kweens Powered by Pink
2nd Place - Ted Cathey of Hamilton, TX with Cajun Heat
3rd Place - Jim Schlieper of Freer with Schmokin’ & Chillin’
Beans - 14 Entries
1st Place - George Odom, Manchaca, TX
2nd Place - Billy Bob Weatherly, Canyon Lake, TX
3rd Place - Vernon Kong, Killeen, TX
4th Place - Tom Rowe, San Marcos, TX
5th Place - Deba Center, San Antonio, TX
6th Place - Reva Weatherly, Canyon Lake, TX
7th Place - Tom Burrows, Lockhart, TX
8th Place - Rex Robertson, Nolanville, TX
9th Place - Dwight Hamilton, Rockne, TX
10th Place - Mick Joplin, Lake Whitney, TX
Black-Eyed Peas - 6 Entries
1st Place - Mick Joplin, Lake Whitney, TX
2nd Place - Deba Center, San Antonio, TX
3rd Place - Rex Morgan, Buda, TX
4th Place - Dwight Hamilton, Rockne, TX
5th Place - Rex Robertson, Nolanville, TX
6th Place - Jimmy Smith, Harker Heights, TX
If you took pictures at this or any other CTTCG event and you would like to share, please send jpeg files to Chili.Reporter@yahoo.com