Grill fest 2020 Scheduled for July 17th-18th at Rodeo Arena (Cancelled)

Update July 6, 2020: In light of Governor Greg Abbott's mandate last week, Grill Fest has been cancelled.

Grill Fest 2020 Presented by Farmers State Bank

July 1, 2020 - The Grill Fest sanctioned barbecue cook-off, presented by Farmers State Bank, will take place in a few weeks on Saturday, July 18th at the Shelby County Expo Center/Rodeo Arena. The Gold Sponsors are Badders Law Firm, Pilgrims Pride, and Tyson Foods. The Entertainment is sponsored by Rapid Payday and Title Loans LLC.

“Over $6,500 will be awarded in prize money to registered cook teams. Cook teams may register and enter the contest with a $150 registration fee until July 3rd. After July 3rd the registration fee will be $200. The barbecue cook-off is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. 

Prize money for the top 50% of the cook teams will be awarded in three categories – Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken and Brisket. Trophies will be awarded for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. Awards are sponsored by the City of Center.

Set-up, meat inspection and cooking will begin Friday afternoon, July 17th. Cook teams may also take part in the Bean Cook-Off with a $10 entry fee and jackpot prize.

The public is invited to attend and sample tastings of barbecue at cook team stations. Entry is free

In addition to the Chillin’ and Grillin’, there will be a Washer Pitching Tournament and 42 Tournament, both sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, and DJ Steve Adams will provide music.  

The public is invited to attend and sample tastings of barbecue at cook team stations as well as participate in the tournaments. Entry is free. Social distancing will be encouraged and food samplings will follow new health guidelines. The health and safety of all guests and cookers is our top priority and we feel confident that will all attendees being considerate of each other we can enjoy a time of fun, fellowship and great barbecue.   

Silver sponsors are Ace Hardware of East Texas, B & S A/C and Heating, Bob’s Pawn Shop, the Light and Champion, Watson and Sons Funeral Home, and 4C Electrical Services.

Registration forms and additional information is available at or at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office – 936-598-3682. Questions may be emailed to