Yep, it's that time of year again - time to sit back and enjoy some REAL chili (NO BEANS) while helping out The Ben Richey Boys' Ranch right here in the Big Country. This year will mark the 41st Annual Chili Super Bowl and Brisket Cook-Off.

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Everyone's help is needed as far as donations and volunteers. My lifelong friend and next-door neighbor G.T. Ward informed me that "sponsors, auction items, cook bag swag, bottled water, and volunteers are desperately needed this year."

I warned GT that I would be sharing his phone number with everyone I know so, here goes - to volunteer, contact GT at 325-669-6200 or call the Ben Richey Boys' Ranch at 325-692-2500. To reach out via email, please send a message to

The 41st Annual Chili Super Bowl and Brisket Cook-Off will take place over Labor Day weekend This year that will be September 2nd and 3rd in beautiful Buffalo Gap at the Old Settlers Camp Grounds (100 Vine Street).

This fun family event promises good food, great entertainment, and some awesome auctions and raffles. Come hungry, wear comfortable shoes, bring the kids, and get to dine on some award-winning chili and brisket.

This year's event will feature chili, brisket, ribs, chicken, beans, and dessert cook-offs. There's even a kids' open event competition. The open event is where you can cook whatever pleases your tastebuds.

There is no entry fee. However a donation to the Ben Richey Boys' Ranch would be greatly appreciated. The dance is also free, and a donation would be appreciated there as well.

Gates open at 9 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, and the dance begins at 8:30 Saturday night. A bowl of chili is only $5. You can take some chili home too, for only $8 a quart, $15 for 2 quarts, or $25 for a gallon.

Vote in the People's Choice competition at .25 cents per vote or five votes for a dollar. All voting tickets can be purchased at the cook-off only. This year's Biggest Chili Pot is being prepared by the Dyess AFB We Care Team, Taylor County EMS, and volunteers.

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