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BBQ & Music for a Cause: 8th Annual Big Texas BBQ benefiting the Ashford Rise School of Dallas

Fair Park

Big Texas BBQ, TouchDown Club Of Dallas’ annual appetizer and rib cookoff benefiting The Ashford Rise School of Dallas, will take place in Fair Park for the first time in 8 years. What started out as a friendly tailgate cookoff in an office parking lot has now grown into a fundraiser with up to 60 teams competing for Best Ribs, Appetizers and Best Tailgate; a kid’s zone, food trucks, and a day of live music headlined by Texas Music icon Gary P. Nunn. Big Texas BBQ will also feature a Kid’s Bakeoff where the six classes from the Rise School will each create a dessert to pair with a selected ice cream from Howdy Homemade Ice Cream.

“It’s my favorite day of the year in Dallas,” said Charles Polansky, Big Texas BBQ Chairman. “It’s spending an afternoon cooking BBQ, eating with family and friends, listening to great Texas music and most importantly - raising money for the Rise kids. We’re so excited to be hosting Big Texas BBQ at Fair Park this year and hope it continues to grow into one of North Texas’ signature barbecue events.”

The BBQ Competition will be judged by six celebrity judges: Tootsie Tomanetz, Legendary Texas BBQ Pitmaster of Snow’s BBQ and BBQ Hall of Famer featured on Netflix's Chef's Table: BBQ; Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor and the author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue; Jeffrey Hobbs, Owner & Pitmaster Slow Bone BBQ; Jack Perkins, Maple & Motor Owner & BBQ legend, Doug Pickering, Owner & Pitmaster DWP BBQ and Douglas Bar and Grill opening in Snider Plaza in Spring 2022; and Marshall Prichard, Owner & Pitmaster Sammy’s BBQ. 

For more information on how to enter as a competitor or become a sponsor for the Big Texas BBQ? Email Elias Bahar at EBahar@BalfourBeattyus.com.

Schedule: · 9:00 a.m.: Rib Pickup· 10:00 a.m: Doors open· 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Kid Zone Open - face painting, tattoos, bounce houses, mechanical bull, and more!· 1:00 p.m.: Appetizer Turn In· 3:30 p.m.: Ribs Turn In· 5:00 p.m.: Winners Announced

Big Texas Live Music Schedule:·

10:00 a.m.: Justin Pickard & The Thunderbird Winos - for more information, visit http://www.justinpickard.com 

· 1:00 p.m.: Cash Byers & Big Valley - for more information, visit https://www.bigvalleymusic.com 

· 3:30 p.m.: Bandolero - for more information, visit http://bandoleromusic.com/ 

· 6:00 p.m.: Gary P. Nunn - for more information, visit https://www.garypnunn.com 

COST: Tickets are only needed for guests 21+ and are available at BigTexasBBQ.org· General Admission All Day Pass $50 - for guests 21+ and include access to open bar · VIP Table $5000 – includes 10 All Day VIP Passes, reserved VIP table for evening concert (Gary P. Nunn & Kevin Fowler), dinner for 10 guests and access to VIP bar.

About Touchdown Club Established in 1998, The Touchdown Club of Dallas (“TDC”) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of like-minded men working together to raise charitable donations and contributions through various annual events that directly benefit the Ashford Rise School of Dallas. The mission of TDC is to provide financial, volunteer, and advisory support to the Ashford Rise School of Dallas, its students, and their families. Since its inception in 1998, TDC has raised over $15M through events like Rise & Shine 5K Run, Rise RoundUp, The Rise Cup Classic, and The Stallings Award. 100% of the funds go directly to Ashford Rise and allow the program to continue to provide the highest quality early developmental and educational services to children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. To learn more about TDC please visit TDClubDallas.org.

About The Ashford Rise School of DallasThe Ashford Rise School of Dallas provides the highest quality of early education services to children ages six months to six years with and without disabilities in an inclusive environment. Rise delivers comprehensive education, intervention, and therapy to our students during their formative years. Master's level educators and on-staff speech, occupational, physical, and music therapists help us to meet each students' individual needs, resulting in a tailored educational and social experience for each child. To learn more about Rise please visit RiseDallas.org.

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