Monthly Archives: March 2013

Silent Auction

Our friends at YCAP have really been working on the TMS silent auction.  Look at some of the items they’ve got:

Garth Brooks Signed Guitar (Acoustic)
Justin Bieber Signed Guitar
The Rolling Stones Signed Guitar
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Signed Drumhead
Bob Dylan Signed Album
U2 signed Album
The Eagles signed Sheet Music
“Jaws” Cast signed Movie Poster
Easy Rider Cast signed 16×20 Photo
James Bond signed 16×20 photo
Carly Rae Jepsen signed 11×14 photo
Indiana Jones signed 11×14 photo
Dale Earnhardt Sr. signed 8×10 photo
“Spiderman” Animation Cel
“Tuscan Hillside” Wine Art
Robert Redford signed 16×20 photo

schedule of events

We’re making final preparations for the Texas Men’s State Chili and Barbecue Championships in Johnson City.  We hope you come out and play with us as we have a weekend of great activities planned.  Here’s the schedule:


Thursday, April 4

8:00 AM          Fairgrounds open for camping, limited electric


6:00 PM          Complimentary wine sampling at the Kirchmann Gallery (on the square)

7:00 PM          Cooks’ mixer with free appetizers at Pecan Street Brewing Company


Friday, April 5

3:00                 Registration opens

Barbecue meat inspection on arrival


6:30 PM          Cooks’ Party – pulled pork and salad provided.  Please bring a side dish.

42 tournament starts after dinner

8:00 PM          Lonnie Lett Show in the bar


Saturday, April 6

8:00 AM til close. Fairgrounds open to vendors, general public, silent auction


11:00 AM        Turn in for Beans and Wings judging

12:00PM         Turn in chicken for judging

1:00PM           Turn in chili for judging

2:00PM           Turn in ribs for judging

3:30PM           Turn in brisket for judging

5:00PM           (approximate time) awards event


There will be a sampling of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines in the afternoon


8:00 PM          Music with Scooter Pearce in the bar


Sunday, April 7, 2013


Pod On The Pedernales Chili Cookoff, turn in 1:00 PM


We feel proud of our pod cookoff awards this year and think you’d love to take one home.  First place will be a silver chili pepper necklace made by a local artist.  The other chili and show awards are custom pottery chili bowls.  Hang around on Sunday and join us.


More information on our website:

We’re getting excited

This is the week for last minute details.  Shopping for supplies, getting the beer & wine license, providing information for radio and TV spots.  The goodie bag gifts are here, all of the awards are here except for the brass longhorn which is being finished.  We’re looking forward to seeing you all next week.

Big Haul For the Winner

We hope you join us in Johnson City on April 6 for your chance to become the next Texas Men’s State Chili Champ.  The winner will receive the bronze longhorn, silver belt buckle, commemorative jacket, Wendell Rankin stove, and a signed bottle of Garrison Bros. Texas Bourbon.

Hotel discounts

If you need a room for the Men’s State cookoff, the Best Western is just down the street and they’ve reserved a block of rooms with a discounted rate for cooks.  You can call them at 830-868-4044.  Be sure to mention that you are a chili cook.