Llano Chuck Wagon Cook-off – Oct. 15-17
Visiting Llano during the weekend of October 15-17, visitors will step back into the Old West during the 6th annual Llano Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Twenty authentic chuck wagons will be circling the camp, complete with living history campsites. Harold Castleman and the Highway 16 Band, featuring Jenny Taylor, will be providing the music as the cooks prepare quite an authentic Old West feast. These Chuck Wagon enthusiasts take the competition very seriously: store-bought mixes or barbeque sauce will disqualify the wagon. In fact, every member of the kitchen crew must be in period dress for their grub to count!
Saturday the 16th, the most authentic wagon, campsites, and best grub winners will be crowned just before the public meal at high noon. Cooking categories for this second-largest cook-off in the country include Chuck Wagon authenticity, meat, beans, potatoes, bread, and dessert.
Live entertainment sure to enhance the wagon experience will be provided by Tracy Pitcox and the Llano Opry, the Highway 16 Band featuring Jenny Taylor, and K.R. Wood and the Camp Cookie Review. The music starts at 10 am and continues until 3 pm. Return to the wagon circle Sunday morning for Cowboy Church, live gospel music, and a free cowboy breakfast sure to satisfy.
Tickets go on sale starting September 1 at the Llano Chamber (100 Train Station Drive) and sell out quickly! More information can be found by calling 325-247-5354 or visiting llanochuckwagoncookoff.com.
The Llano Heritage Days will also be ongoing at the 19th century courthouse on the town square, complete with period dress, vendors, stagecoach rides, and entertainment. Saturday night, Don Edwards, described as “the voice of the American cowboy” (June 2007 Western Horseman) will bring cowboy folklore to life at the historic LanTex Theater. Seating is limited and tickets sell out quickly, so $12 in-advance tickets can be purchased at the Llano Chamber Office or select area merchants.
Saturday the 16th at 6 pm, only a mile from the square, Community Rodeo grounds will host a rodeo. This ain’t your typical rodeo with events like wild cow milking, team sorting, trailer loading and branding. Afterward, there will be a western dance with proceeds going to a scholarship fund benefiting the Llano Rodeo Queen.