Annual Electra Goat BBQ & Craft Show

Get a taste of Electra at the 29th Annual Goat BBQ and Craft Show! Everyone is invited to attend and admission is free!

Sherry Strange, manager for the city of Electra's Chamber of Commerce told Newschannel 6 the history of the famous Goat BBQ in Electra. "It started back in 1977," Strange said. "A group of people wanted to get together and they went out on the river next to Bridgetown, over in Electra, and they cooked a goat. [They] had a party and they had so much fun they planned it again and again." It's been on Mother's Day since, drawing out large crowds, and gets bigger every year. "It's really a big event for Electra. It doubles the size of Electra just about for that weekend," said Strange. The event has brought in some 2,000 additional visitors to the city to celebrate with a weekend of fun for the whole family.

Electra Chamber of Commerce President, Reba Madura, said that the historical event has become much more than food and fun for residents of Electra. She said, "It's a boom to the economy, the convenience stores, the restaurants, and everything." It's about supporting Electra's local economy.

Now, it's time to celebrate this year's event. The 29th Annual Electra Goat BBQ and Craft Show is one week away and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce want to see you there! They're asking Texomans to support Electra's economy by participating in the fun-filled family event, anyway they want to. It's an event that is part of the city's culture, history, and tradition.

The Lone Star Barbecue Society is sanctioning the cook off event. Contestants can enter to compete in four cooking categories, including goat, brisket, pork spare ribs, and chicken. The entry fee for cooks is $80. Contestants have a chance of winning great prizes for their BBQ submissions. Prize money will be awarded for 1st through 5th places. Points will be awarded for Grand Champion through 10 places. The Grand Champion winner will be awarded an additional $300.

In all, the Electra Chamber of Commerce will give away more than $3,000 in prize money at the event and offer a chance to win $1,000, among many other prizes.

Trophies will be awarded for the following titles: "Most Original Bar-B-Q Pit," "People's Choice," "Farthest Traveled," and "Most Original Craft Booth."

Additional activities planned for the annual family-friendly event include an arts and craft show, Calcutta auction, as well as a cow patty plop. Free live music and dancing will be provided the evening of Friday, May 11 and during the day on Saturday, May 12.

In order to make the event happen, the Electra Chamber of Commerce is recruiting volunteers to judge in the cooking competition, in each of the above-mentioned categories. That's right, they're asking for volunteers to help judge and filling you up with free food! If you're interested in volunteering, contact Sherry Strange at the Chamber office, (940) 495-3577 during business hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday this week.


When: Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 (Mother's Day Weekend)

Where: Electra fairgrounds. They're located at the eastern edge of Electra on East Cleveland Street, one block north of Business Hwy 287.

Friday night competitions include: Jackpot Steak and Jackpot Salsa

Saturday afternoon competitions include: Jackpot Beans

*Entry fee for the above jackpot competitions is $5 per entry submitted.

For more information about the history and tradition of Electra's Goat BBQ and Craft Show, or to volunteer to judge cooking contests the day of the event, visit

Brittany Glas, Newschannel 6