This is a little 11th hour (due to my lagging putting up a post), but there is a Dinner/Dance/Auction tomorrow (Saturday) March 3rd at the Travis County Exposition Center, Banquet Hall.
The dinner / dance will be having both a silent and a live auction. It is for Rodeo Austin and the BBQ Cookoff Committee is the largest group. Last year they raised well over $ 350,000.00 towards both the general scholarship fund as well as to the BBQ Buyer’s Group (the BG purchases animals from the kids that raise them for the Stock Show portion of the rodeo).
The prize package is amazing. The winning bidder will receive:
Complete copy / edition of Texas Monthly, cover autographed by Aaron Franklin & John Mueller.
1 lb of brisket
1 lb of pork ribs
1 lb of pulled pork
1 lb of sausage
1 lb of turkey
~ No LINE / No WAIT service ~ (must call in order 2 days in advance; for “no line”, the user must take the order to go & not eat onsite or risk a riot)
John Mueller BBQ:
1 whole brisket
1 slab beef ribs
1 whole link sausage
1 lb turkey
~ No LINE / No WAIT service ~ (must call in order 2 days in advance; for
“no line”, the user must take the order to go & not eat onsite, however since the line isn’t always as bad @ JMBBQ, this might not be quite as bad to wait in line in comparison to Franklin).
The link to purchase a ticket for the BBQ Dinner / Dance / Auction event is HERE
To make a bid, someone would need to either be there or to make any other “offsite” arrangements, however per my source, “this ain’t Sotheyby’s” so logistics on offsite bids may be difficult.
This year’s musical act is Rick Trevino and there’s a BBQ Cookoff. Unlike the cookoff that goes on for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, theirs does not require a ticket, you just to get on the Q location/site (just donate a few bucks at every tent that catches your attention & eat up!).
Here’s some additional info:
The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo works year round to raise funds for the Scholarship Program. Since the start of the program in 1981,the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo has awardedmore than $5 million in college scholarships. The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo partners with Texas colleges and universities as well as 4-H and FFA Foundations to provide scholarships for deserving Texas students. As one of Central Texas’ largest non-profit providers,the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo presented more than $440,000 in college scholarships to 46 students in 2011.
Scholarship Quick Facts:
* Scholarships range in value from $2,500 to $16,000, averaging $9,400 per student
* Recipients come from all walks of life and may pursue any degree plan at a Texas college or university
* Most people think the scholarship recipients come from rural or agricultural areas, however 83% of
recipients actually come from urban or suburban backgrounds
* Currently, 122 scholarship-awarded students are enrolled in 54 different majors at 15 Texas colleges or universities
* 49% of scholarship recipients come from a household income of $50,000 or less
Sounds very cool. Can’t wait to find out who won and how it was.