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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Brookshire wins cookoff at Edgar Prarie Days

  • Stormy weather prompted some schedule changes and left the saddle club grounds soggy, but Edgar Prairie Days recovered well on Saturday with a crowd enjoying a parade, a rib cookoff, games, bull-riding and music.
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  • Stormy weather prompted some schedule changes and left the saddle club grounds soggy, but Edgar Prairie Days recovered well on Saturday with a crowd enjoying a parade, a rib cookoff, games, bull-riding and music.
    "Country Strong" was the theme of the annual celebration, and many at the festival, primarily held on the Edgar Springs Saddle Club grounds, work imprinted tee-shirts with that insignia.
    Friday night was set aside for a championship youth bull riding competition, but the storm put the quietus on that activity, postponing it until Saturday afternoon.
    Saturday featured a downtown parade starting at 11 a.m. Youngsters holding plastic grocery bags gathered in groups with their parents and grandparents along the main street.
    When the parade was over, the bags were filled with candy.
    Over at the saddle club property, craftsmen and vendors set up business in tent canopies.
    Meanwhile, about a dozen competitors cooked meat in the annual rib cookoff; judging was at 1 p.m.
    Inside the soggy arena, the youth bull-riding competition started around 2 p.m. with introductions of all competitors, all the way from the youngsters in the "mutton-bustin'" division through the older riders in the open division.
    There was also a scheduled "cornhole tournament" off site at the park. This was a tournament in which small bags made of cloth and filled with corn were thrown into holes cut out of boards.
    Winner of the rib cookoff was Travis Brookshire, Rolla. This was his third year of competition and his second first-place finish. He also won the first time he entered.
    Second prize went to Jay Bahr, Rolla; third prize was won by Tommy Hutchinson, St. Robert.
    Brookshire proved that a competitor doesn't need to have a big barbecue set-up.
    He's the brother-in-law of Mitch Benthal, owner of Post Oak Flats Barbecue and the promoter of the rib cookoff. "Mitch told me that he was going to start doing this (sponsoring a cookoff), and my dad had bought me this," Brookshire said, pointing to the barbecue pit/grill. "It's from Wal-Mart."
    Brookshire said he started doing research into barbecue methods.
    "I got recipes off the Internet," he said. He entered the cookoff shortly after receiving the pit/grill as a gift, and won. He's been at it since.
    "He's a good cook," his wife said.

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