|Thursday, February 10, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 92
barbecue cookoff kicks up its heels tonight
By Matthew Fowler
Time to shine up your boots, dust off your hat and squeeze into them tight fittin' jeans.
That's right fellow Texans, its Rodeo time in the Bayou City.
Joe Remington, one of the many talented barbecuers at last year's Rodeo barbecue cookoff, cooks up a tummy-filling treat.
It all kicks off tonight with the start of the 27th Annual World's Championship Barbecue Contest, located in the Northwest corner of the Astrodome parking lot and running through Saturday.
Daily tickets for this three- day event are just $5 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, at the Astrodome and at all Metro Shuttle locations.
Not only is this is the largest charitable barbecue contest in the world, attracting more than 150,000 fans in 1999, but it is also a major contributor to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's scholarship programs.
Along with all the excitement of Rodeo fever, each daily ticket also includes a complimentary barbecue meal, musical entertainment from the best in local and regional talent, dancing and admission to the barbecue carnival.
Making a special appearance tonight at 9 p.m. on the Barbecue Center Stage is Montgomery Gentry.
Because of limited parking at the Astrodome and the astronomical $5 parking fee use the $2 round-trip Metro Shuttle from one of six Houston-area locations.
Hours for this year's Barbecue Contest are 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday.
If thousands of plates of barbecue, gallons of beer and acres of tents don't stimulate your hidden Rodeo obsession, you might consider some of the other Rodeo-related events taking place this weekend.
The 13th year of the 10K Conoco Rodeo Run officially kicks off the 68th HLS&R early Saturday morning at 9:45.
Starting downtown at the corner of Smith and Texas and finishing at the Astrodome, some 5,000 runners are expected to help clear the way for the Rodeo 2000 parade, which begins at 10 a.m., also at the corner of Smith and Texas, and concludes on Walker adjacent to City Hall and Tranquillity Park.
Also taking place on Saturday, in and around the Astrodome and Astroarena, are a wide selection of Go Texan Contests.
Events spanning from dominoes, horseshoe pitching and hay hauling contests
to team penning and even washer pitching will finally get the recognition
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