Friday, May 22, 2009

Field Day and Barbados!

My kids are going to Field Day today! Wish I could be there :( but gotta work. They travel to Garden City and there are several of the smaller school districts that all get together and have their field day there so that there are enough kids to have a nice competition. So, they are out there on their way and I'm having to stay here and work. Darn it! But did get a few pictures of them this morning before they headed out and I'll get some more pictures when they get home. Then it will be off to Barbados! YEA!

William is setting up our little home away from home, that way we'll be close to all the fun and the kids will have a spot to hang out in while I'm helping out and William does whatever he's going to do. He hasn't been picked to do anything specific, yet, but as soon as someone sees him just sittin' on his behind, I'm sure they'll start askin' for his help.

I'll add more to this post later as I get pictures etc. and I'll also keep a running update on the progress of everything on the World Championship Barbados Cook Off Fan Club facebook site, so keep checking back for all the fun!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

World Championship Barbados Trophies and More

Hey, everyone! Say hello to Barbados Bubba! He's one of the mascots for the World Championship Barbados Cook Off and Rodeo! There is also Barbados Babette, but I couldn't get a good picture of her. That's why the Children's Pageant is called the Lil' Bubba and Lil' Babette Pageant. I'm not sure who created Bubba and Babbette, but they are very much a part of the Barbados Cook Off and can be found on everything from... caps and t-shirts, to mugs and drink coozies, Bubba shows up everywhere this time of year.
Now, the main reason so many people enter the Barbados Cook Off is that the prize for the winner of the Best Barbados is first a really cool trophy (like the ones my husband and I won a few years ago, I won for Best Bread and my hubbie won for best Ice Cream) and $1,500 dollars!
Yes, you read right, the winner judged the Best Tasting Barbados in the World gets a $1,500 prize and the cool cast iron decorated Texas. I'm sure most people are in it for the money, but since the prize money for the other events is based on how many people actually enter, the amounts can vary greatly from item to item. Like since lots of people think they make the best ice cream, there are usually lots of entries, therefore, more money for the top 3 winners to take home.
I was told by someone in the know that there are almost double the number of entries this year as there were last year. So, it should be a very fun Barbados this weekend and I hope that everyone enjoys the Running Against The Wind 5K so that it will become an annual event. The money raised during the 5K will go towards a scholarship in memory of Bill Lindsey, and all the proceeds of the Barbados Cook Off will be going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
So, if you're in the area, come on out and have a good time and pray that we don't get the rain and bad weather that usually comes along with this time of year. But if you can't come this year, keep us in mind next year, we'd be glad to see ya!

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Event for the World Championship Barbados Cookoff!

I am proud to help announce a new event for this years World Championship Barbados Cookoff and Rodeo. It is the Running Against The Wind 1st Annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk for Bill "Hoss" Lindsey.

Bill was from Rankin and had ranches in Texas and South Dakota. He was a one of a kind individual who touched so many lives with his positive attitude. He always had a smile and always greeted you with a hand shake followed with a hug! It didn't matter who you was cause he treated everyone equally.

There was nothing that he couldn't do or figure out. One of his sayings was "improvise, adapt, and overcome". Another one was "I'm here for a good time, not a long time". No one had any idea he would be taken so soon. He was never sick, never showed signs of ill feelings, ever.

Bill was one of the strongest men known to this town and could work from sun up to sun down, then clean up and head to town to grab a bite to eat or catch a movie with his wife and kids. He was tough, yet gentle. He was offered the chance one time to shoot a jack rabbit on the ranch and his comment was "that rabbit never did anything to me".

On March 25, 2009, Bill died of a missive heart attack at his ranch in South Dakota. He was only 48 years old.

In honor of his memory, Bill's friends and family helped get together the Running Against The Wind 5k Run/Walk to bring awareness to folk's health and to emphasize the need to have regular checkups and not to put it off. If it could happen to Bill, it could happen to anyone.

Live today like there is no tomorrow and if you have someone you want to say I love you to, tell them, don't put it off til tomorrow, for tomorrow may never come.

If you would like to participate in the First Annual Running Against The Wind Memorial 5k Run/Walk for Bill "Hoss" Lindsey as either a Runner, Walker, Sponsor or to Volunteer, please contact Owen Yocham at (432)693-6545 or via email at

You can pre-register from now til May 22, 2009 by mail or in person and the pre-registration fee is $15. On May 23, the day of the race, you can register until 8:00am and the fee is $20. The Race will start at 9:00am at the Dub Day Arena in Rankin, Texas.

We want to thank you in advance for your help and support of this matter and look forward to seeing you in Rankin!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Barbado's Schedule

The following is the Schedule for the 17th Annual World Championship Barbados Cook Off held in Rankin, Texas, at the Dub Day Arena on May 22nd and 23rd, 2009. It is sponsored by the Rankin Chamber of Commerce and this years proceeds are going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The schedule for this year is as follows:

1:00pm - Gates Open/Vendors Open
4:00pm-6:00pm - Cookers must pick up Barbados
8:00pm - Dance with Suerte Band
Midnight - Arena Closes

6:00-9:00am - Booths May Open
9:00am - Cookers Pickup Sample Trays
9:30am - Cooks Meeting
10:00am - Moon Tournament at the Pavillion
Lil Bubba and Lil Babette Pageant
10:30am - Salsa Turn-In
11:00am - Horseshoes and Washer Pitchin'
Chicken Turn-In
11:30am - Ice Cream Turn-In
12:00 Noon - Bread Turn-In
12:30pm - Bread Turn-In
1:00pm - Fajita Turn-In
1:30pm - Chili Turn-In
2:00pm - SPAM Turn-In
Beans Turn-In
2:30pm - Barbados Turn-In
3:00pm - Brisket Turn-In
3:30pm - Mud Pit Tug o' War
6:00pm - Rodeo Starts at the Arena
Mutton Bustin
Steer Saddling
Bull Riding
9:00pm - Dance with Gunslinger Band
1:00am - Arena Closes

What is a Barbado?

I guess we should start with the question "What is a Barbado?", well techinically the definition from the Breeds of Livestock website is as follows:

The Barbado breed originated in Texas. The breed originated from Barbados Blackbelly sheep which were crossed with Rambouillet and mouflon. One of the uses of the Barbado is as a trophy animal on game ranches due to its large curled horns. It is typically tan, tan with a pale or black belly or pied. The coat varies from short hair to coarse wool with a large amount of kemp fibers. Males show the horns for which the breed was selected and the females are polled.
The Barbado should not be confused with the Barbados Blackbelly although the two are related. Barbados Blackbelly exhibit the distinctive color pattern of the breed, tan with black belly and face, which is often times absent in the Barbado. In addition, both sexes of the Barbados Blackbelly are polled while the males of the Barbado are horned. Also the fecundity level in the Barbados Blackbelly is very high with the average litter size being between 1.5 and 2.2.

Ok, now that the "technical" details are over, it's time for the fun stuff! Every year, at least for the last 16, Rankin puts on the World Championship Barbado's Cookoff and Rodeo. It's always the Friday evening and Saturday before Memorial Day. On Friday, the Barbado's cookers have to check in and pick up their Barbados, I get to help with that part this year and have to admit that the handling of raw sheep does not thrill me. So, it should be interesting.

That evening while the cookers are getting their Barbados on the grill or in the smokers, etc., there is live music and dancing. So, it's a pretty festive time, people are going back and forth trying to find out secret recipes to the best barbado, trading advice, or just trading beers, but everyone seems to have a good time.

Saturday is the big day. Cookers have to pick up their sample trays at 9am and then their is the Cooks Meeting. This year, besides the Barbado Cookoff, there will be cookoffs for the best Salsa, Chicken, Ice Cream, Bread, Fajitas, Ribs, Chili, Spam dish, Beans, and Brisket. My husband won first place a few years back for his version of my Dad's ice cream recipe and I won first place once in bread for my homemade Cinnamon Rolls.

And there are all kinds of other things to do besides cook. For the people just hanging out or helping the cooks, there is a Moon Tournament (a type of dominos game, not what some of you dirty minded people were thinking, even though wouldn't mind seeing some of the cute cowboys who compete in the Rodeo part of THAT kind of competition!), Horse Shoes and Washer Pitchin', and after some of the adults start getting a little tipsy, the Mud Pit Tug o' War.

Since I did mention the Rodeo, it starts after the Tropy Presentation with Mutton Bustin for the littlest cowboys and cowgirls, then on to the Steer Saddling and Bull Riding. I think there is supposed to be a Bull Fighter competition too, but I don't see it on the schedule, maybe it was added after this schedule was printed.

For the kids, there is the Lil Bubba & Lil Babette Pageant, well, I think it's mostly for the proud Mom's and Dad's, but all the kids do get trophies, so they don't mind being in it too much. This isn't like a beauty pageant where the kids have to get all foo-fooed up like those little beauty pageant princess's, that sort of thing. They can just wear their usual casual clothes, their favorite outfit or anything like that. Just someting they're comfortable in. As shown below by my little cuties from the pictures a friend took of them last year:
Since my little ones come from Irish stock (my hubbie), they do tend to burn pretty easily. So, they get slathered in sunblock and Sonya loves going around town with her pretty parasol. Keeps her cool, not sunburned, and she just looks cute with it! Now if you notice, Nathan has 2 trophies, one for participating and one for actually getting 3rd place in the Lil Bubba contest. Since there were only 4 boys in his age group, he was bound to get something! I think he might actully be too old this year, or he might just THINK he's to old for it, but that's ok. He'll be glad to know that I won't make him enter if he doesn't want to.

I've been thinking that there should be some other things for the kids to do, something fun, wholesome, and can be done no matter what the weather. I saw on one of my favorite blogs (The Long and Short of It All!) about the annual Wiener Dog races and that gave me an idea. Maybe some of the 4-H kids would like to help set up a Pet Race. Wouldn't have to be all wiener dogs, since there aren't that many wiener dogs around, but could be open to all types of dogs.

We'd probably have to have weight catagories, like toy, small, medium, and large, so that it would be more fair. Since 4-H has a pet show during the same time that they have their usual Stock Show every year, I know that they have lots of pets and this would give them one more chance to show them off!

Just an idea that I might have to bring up next Chamber of Commerce meeting, the proceeds from the Pet Races could go to 4-H, since they would be the ones having to help out. Hmmm, I think they would go for it, the older 4-H'ers could us it as one of their volunteer projects and I think all of them would have fun. I'll have to get a proposal and more info. before I present my idea, but I think the other Chamber members might go for it. Anything that would help keep all the kids entertained and out of trouble would be great!

Well, better get going, still got laundry to do and gotta clean the carpet, my little wiener dog doesn't like using his potty pads while I'm at work. So, lots of little messes everywhere. Ugh, I need to get rid of all my carpet.

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