MSCA prepares for annual cook-off

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The 35th annual Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemen’s Barbecue Cook-off is set for May 18-19 at the MSCA Grounds, 800 N. May St.

Things get rolling May 18 with the Kid’s Cook, which lets children cook a pork tenderloin chop provided by the MSCA. Entry fees are $10 per child. Prizes will be awarded for the winning dishes.

On May 19, the cook-off begins at 8 a.m. in categories of brisket, pork spareribs and chicken. The entry fee is $160 for categories and electricity, and trophies, ribbons and cash will be handed out to the winners.

First through third place receive trophies and cash; fourth and fifth receive cash; and fourth through 10th place receives ribbons.

Trophy categories include Overall, Showmanship, Most Unique Pit, Best Decorated Area and Best Team Costumes.

The event is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society.

Other contests being held during the cook-off are pinto beans and chili, margaritas and Bloody Mary’s, dessert and an open category. Contest fees are $10 per entry.

For information or for a spot, call Sharon Phelps at (936) 348-8460.

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