GCO Schedule of Events
Friday, August 30th
12pm Arts and Crafts Fair
12pm Food Court/Children's Games
5:30pm Washer Pitching Tournament Registration
6-8pm Cooker Registration/ Welcome Party
8pm Welcome Dance featuring The Travis Parker Band
Saturday, August 31st
Goat Gallop Race Day Registration
7:00am Goat Gallop 5K/10K Fun Run & Walk
9am Horseshoe & Washer Pitching Tournaments
9am Arts and Crafts Fair until 5pm
9am Food Court/ Children's Games until 5pm
11am Goat Meal, while supplies last
2pm Mystery Meat Judging
3pm Goat Meat Judging
4pm Awards Presentation
8pm Street Dance featuring Kevin Seale and Aaron Watson
Brady/ McCulloch County
Chamber of Commerce
101 E. 1st
Brady, TX 76825
Brady/ McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce
Well summer is keeping us hopping and doesn't look like it will be letting up any time soon! It's event season, so July Jubilee, Goat Cook-off, and the Good News Luncheon have kept us busy.
In that time, I've also attended the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference in Amarillo. Skye has completed her final year of Tourism College (yay!), served as a panelist for the National Rural Economic Developers Association, and will be attending training seminars from the Texas Festivals and Events Association and the Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau in the next month.
The end of September brings the end of our fiscal year, as well as a turnover on our Board of Directors. This is where we need you! Beginning August 1st, we will start accepting nominations from our membership for representatives to serve on our Board of Directors. Your input is vital in this, as the Board steers the operations of the Chamber of Commerce. You can download the nomination form here. Please consider making a nomination! If you have any questions, please give us a call.
Director, Chamber of Commerce and Finance
Goat Cook-off Preparations
in Full Swing
The 40th Annual World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-off is a short six weeks away, and our office is busy preparing for the flood of cooking teams and out-of-town visitors who will descend upon Brady this Labor Day Weekend. The Goat Cook-off is not only Brady's premier event, it also provides a fantastic chance for local businesses to be seen by thousands of potential customers who may not normally pass through town.
We have several opportunities for businesses to partner with us to maximize their visibility during this year's event through several sponsorships at varying levels. Our first available sponsorship is for Friday night's Welcome Party when 206 cooking teams gather to register, mingle, and pick up supplies. The Welcome Party is followed immediately by a dance under the pavilion until midnight. The total investment for this sponsorship is $1,000 which can be reserved wholly for one business or split between two. We also have cup sponsorships available for $250. The cups will be given to each cooking team during registration and will serve as a souvenir for those who purchase a goat meal on Saturday afternoon. Finally, we are looking for "Friends of the Goat Cook-Off" to sponsor a whole ($100) or half ($50) goat. The "Friend of the Goat Cook-Off" donation form can be downloaded here. All sponsors receive name recognition and premier levels also receive banner placement at the event and logo placement on all volunteer t-shirts. Please contact our office for complete details on our sponsorship opportunities.
The Arts & Crafts Fair is in its 36th year and we still have booth space available for vendors. Booths are available at a discounted rate for Chamber members so if you are interested in participating in this year's show, please download the application here and return it to our office.
The Goat Gallop Fun Run has been expanded this year to not only include a 5K run, but a 10K run as well. Runners will be thrilled to learn that the Goat Gallop will also feature chip timing for the first time this year to more accurately record times for the participants. If you or someone you know is interested in getting a galloping start to the Goat Cook-Off bright and early Saturday morning, please download that entry form here.
Tickets for Saturday night's street dance on the downtown courthouse square featuring Aaron Watson are now on sale at the Chamber office. They are only $15 in advance but will be $20 at the gate, so make sure you grab yours early to save some money!
Finally, we are always seeking volunteers to help us execute the event. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the Cook-off, let us know and we will add you to our list of fantastic volunteers. Shifts are short and all volunteers will receive a free t-shirt for their time and service!
May and June Renewals
We are proud of the members of our organization and want to say "Thank you
" to those that have chosen to renew with us!
|Brady Dental Group|
Central Texas Farm Credit, ACA
|Heart of Texas Title Company|
|Heart of Texas Trophy Whitetails|
|Larry Farris Heating & Air Conditioning|
|Lawn & Landscape Specialties|
|Ledezma Ready Mix, LLC|
|Meadow Creek Apartments|
|Pride Dirtwork & Construction, LLC.|
|The Coconut Blossom|
|Turk Bail Bonds|
|Winters Family Beef|
|July Jubilee Recap
The 87th Annual July Jubilee truly was a "Star Spangled Spectacular" full of fun, family, and tradition. The weekend kicked off with a street dance, sponsored by Heart of Texas Ford, on the courthouse square featuring Brady's own Lost Creek, followed by Wes Nickson.
Saturday began with loads of smiles, waves, and candy, as the parade, led by Grand Marshals Paden and McKenna Behrens and this year's Miss Heart of Texas Court, made its way through downtown Brady. The parade was also sponsored by Heart of Texas Ford. A BBQ luncheon followed provided by The First United Methodist Church followed the parade.
The afternoon was completed with the expanded Heart of Texas Mud Bash mud volleyball tournament that hosted 17 teams this year. The tournament allowed the Chamber to make a donation to the Brady Volunteer Fire Department, with the remainder of the proceeds going to offset the cost of fireworks. Sponsors for the volleyball tournament were Chris Owens Bail Bonds and Ledezma Ready Mix.
The setting sun on Brady Lake brought the brightest spectacular of them all, with an incredible fireworks display set to patriotic music wrapping up the evening. The fireworks were sponsored by Cadre Proppants.
The Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a big thank you to all of this year's sponsors and volunteers. Without you, this event wouldn't be possible!