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World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off

World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off

Not sure about grilled goat? Then head to Brady this Labor Day Weekend (August 29-30) for the World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off, now in its 41st year. More than 200 teams will gather in Richards Park to season and smoke the goat meat into a culinary masterpiece, competing for trophies, cash, and bragging rights. The Cook-Off also features art vendors, a street dance with the Cody Johnson Band, and the Goat Gallop, a 5K/10K fun run and walk—with a healthy sense of humor.

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Hang Gliding

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane!

Hang gliders will swarm the skies over Big Spring August 3-9 for a series of races hosted by the U.S. Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association. Weather permitting, the races start daily at 1 p.m. at McMahon-Wrinkle Airport, where planes tow the hang gliders to about 2,000 feet. The gliders ride thermal updrafts to altitudes as high as 10,000 feet, where they start the race to that day’s goal, normally about 100 miles away. The airport provides bleachers for spectators (free entry) and pilots offer tandem hang-gliding flights (about $100) in the morning and late afternoon. Call 432/264-2362.

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La Frontera, an exhibition of art jewelry at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

La Frontera, an exhibition of art jewelry at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

The landscape, culture, and political turbulence of the United States-Mexico border region take center stage in La Frontera, an exhibition of art jewelry at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Houston jewelers join a group of 90 artists from around the world who crafted the 150 pieces of jewelry, such as necklaces, brooches, and bracelets, with materials ranging from silver and gold to canvas, polyester, porcelain, and water bottles. The exhibit runs through September 7.

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Salado Legends

Salado Legends

Explore the history of the Central Texas town of Salado with the summer production of Salado Legends. A cast of volunteers puts on the annual outdoor musical drama at Tablerock Amphitheater with a final performance this season on August 2. Now in its 22nd season, Salado Legends recounts the tale of Scottish settlers and Native Americans in the region in the mid-19th Century. The show starts at 8:15 p.m., but make a night out of the event by arriving early for the 7:15 fajita dinner.

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Big Bend Balloon Bash

Since 1987, the Big Bend Balloon Bash has provided an unforgettable experience for competition hot air balloon pilots, sponsors, vendors, and families. Over Labor Day Weekend, each day offers the chance to create colorful memories in the high mountain desert region of Alpine, and the Big Bend.


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La Vernia BBQ Cook-Off

The highlight of La Vernia's annual BBQ Cook-off is the IBCA-sanctioned barbecue cooking competition, where teams across the state compete to cook the best barbecue chicken, beef, and ribs.

All proceeds from the event go toward helping the La Vernia Park Foundation meet its main goal and objective: improving the park!


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Great Texas Balloon Race

Considered by many of the pilots who compete to be the best run event on the circuit, the Great Texas Balloon Race earned Longview the official designation as "The Balloon Capital of Texas" by Texas Governor Mark White in 1985.

Photos (from top): © Wyatt McSpadden; courtesy Belinda Boulter; Nancy Moyer with Mark Clark, Border Fence Series: Border Scenarios (Mexican View), 2013, reversible neck piece; courtesy Nancy Shepperd


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