Howdy Roo is coming to town May 5-7


Volunteers enjoy the calm of Johnson Park in Marble Falls as they plan to fill the grounds with Howdy Roo--the 46th Annual CASI Chili Cookoff for the regional championship and 23rd Annual Lonestar BBQ State Championship Cookoff, Friday-Sunday, May 5-7. From left, they are, above, James Bauer and Mike Park, and below, Roland Pate, Melissa Pate, Doc Kinnison, Carrie Kinnison, Ruby Ross, Barbara Schuler, Vicki Campbell and Johnny Campbell.

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Like a band of gypsies devoted entirely to chili and barbecue, Howdy Roo 2017 contestants will fill Johnson Park in Marble Falls Friday-Sunday, May 5-7.

The event marks the 46th Annual Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) Chili Cookoff for the regional championship and the 23rd Annual Lone Star BBQ Society State Championship.

The event is a charity fundraiser with an emphasis on “fun.” Visitors can stroll among the cooks to enjoy the aroma of some of the state's best cooking or sign up to be judges in the competition.

To enter the competition yourself or to sign up early to be a judge visit the webpage:

CASI chapters are known as pods and to learn more about the Highland Lakes Chili Pod or the contest, contact Carrie Kinnison, 281-615-2408 or

Johnny Campbell is the contact for the Lone Star BBQ Society competition. Reach him at 830-613-9471 or

Interested arts, crafts or food vendors should contact Melba Westerman, 512-755-2959 or

For information about the Howdy Roo Golf Tournament, contact Doc Kinnison, 830-613-8666 or 281-615-2408.

Johnson Park is located at 230 Avenue J in Marble Falls.

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