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Where there’s smoke, there’s BARBECUE!


Don’t miss out on all the fun, food, games, and entertainment that will be part of the 11th annual La Vernia BBQ Cook-0ff Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11. Just follow that delicious smoky aroma in the air to the La Vernia City Park and be a part of an annual event that really “puts La Vernia on the map.”

Proceeds from past cook-off events have helped provide park improvements, such as the playscape, walking trails, and gazebo. More amenities are in the works, such as drinking fountains and shade for the playscape.

Folks from as far away as Tennessee joined in the competition last year, according to event spokesperson and organizer Dennis Snow, president of the Greater La Vernia Parks Foundation. Admission at the gate is $7 Friday from 3-7 p.m., and $10 after that. On Saturday, admission is $10 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m, rising to $15 after 7 p.m. Children 6 and under are admitted free of charge.

Snow reported at least 10,000 people turned out for the event last year. Organizers are expecting as many and more this year. The event will feature a carnival, horseshoe and washer tournaments, the South Texas Gunfighters, a Cow Patty Plop, a jalape’o-eating contest, western entertainment show, quick-draw exhibition, “Balloonatick Bill,” and more.

Friday night’s events include the Kids Cook-Off. The Greater La Vernia Parks Foundation provides the grills and the meat pork chops for the kids. The meat and the grills come from H-E-B. The kids get to keep the grills.

Entertainers Friday night are Clint Taft and Cody Johnson. Saturday night’s entertainers are Ross Brunner and Curtis Grimes, a past contestant on TV’s “The Voice.” There will be a dance Saturday night.

Merchants in the La Vernia area saw an increase in their business last year during this event. According to Snow, every restaurant was packed, and H-E-B nearly ran out of bread by Sunday morning. Staff of the La Vernia Country Store said they saw new customers and Wells Fargo Manager Sarah Mendoza said the
bank’s employees make sure they have their ATM ready for extra traffic during that weekend. Jennifer Kolbe with the La Vernia Municipal Development District said that there was definitely an increase in the amount of sales tax generated in the month of August last year, most assuredly due in part to the traffic generated by the La Vernia BBQ Cook-Off.

In addition to all the entertainment, the cook-off festivities will include arts and crafts and food booths, and, of course, some of the best mouthwatering barbecue in Texas. A total of 120 teams will compete to be named the best at chicken, pork spare ribs, brisket, and beans.

Volunteers are still needed.

Contact Dennis Snow at 210-219-3984 if you are interested in being a barbecue judge. Judges must be at least 18 years of age.

Shuttle golf cart drivers also are needed, along with helpers in the judges’ tent. Snow invites community members to join the parks foundation members in the park Sunday to clean up after this much-anticipated community event. Organizers will be in the park at 8 a.m. and will be very grateful for any cleanup help.

Be sure to head to La Vernia to enjoy this fun community event. Visit for more information.

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