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Shelby County Grill Fest goes on rain or shine

The Shelby County Grill Fest Barbecue Cook-off presented by Farmers State Bank will be Saturday, March 21 at the Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas, with cook teams from across east Texas and western Louisiana vying for over $6,700 in prize money and the Grand Champion trophy. 


The barbecue cook-off is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society and sponsored by Tyson Foods. The event will feature three cooking categories according to Chairman Kimberly McElroy. Tasting samples from Grill Fest will be shared starting at 1:00 p.m.


The public is invited to enter the Dessert Cook-Off. Entries must be taken to the Windham Civic Center between 10-11:00 a.m. Judging will be at 11:00. There is a $10 fee per entry and a jackpot prize.


Sign-up for the Washer Pitching Tournament sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank will take place at the cook-off between noon and 1:00 p.m. The competition begins at 2:30 p.m.


A 42 Tournament will begin Friday night, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Sombreros Restaurant, with the finals on Saturday at the Civic Center. Players may pre-register at the Chamber or register on-site Friday. The entry is $10 per person. Rules may be obtained at


Doors open at the Civic Center at 12 noon for spectators. A come-and-go wristband is $10 for the indoor and outdoor activities. The crowd will be entertained with live music presented by Cellular One and the Windham Civic Center when Danny Paul Windham and the Pine Hill Review take the stage at 3:00 p.m.


The fun-filled day is assisted by Silver Sponsors: 4C Electrical Services, East Texas Extended Care, Executive Inn & Suites of Joaquin, Nacogdoches Medical Center, Texas Glacier Ice & Water, Texas State Bank and Watson & Sons Funeral Home.


An awards presentation sponsored by the City of Center will round out the day’s events at 5:00 p.m.



Registration forms and additional information is available at or at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office – 936-598-3682.  Questions may be emailed to


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