People from all over the region attended the gathering not only for the museum's art exhibits, but also for the poetry, music and cook-off contests. First place winners were announced in various entrees for the Chuck Wagon Cooking Competition, including meat, beans, potatoes, bread, dessert and wagon. Winners in each category are listed as: Meat: Etowah Cattle Company, Cartersville; Beans: Grumpy's Grub, Rome; Potatoes: Fairplay Cattle Co., Winston; Bread: Fairplay Cattle Co.; Dessert: Choccolocco Chuckwagon, Oxford, Ala.; Wagon: Ramblin' Rose, Greenville, S.C. The all around competition was won by Fairplay Cattle Company.
As the event carries throughout today, official final attendance numbers will remain unknown. However, as of Saturday afternoon it was estimated that there were 1,756 visitors in the museum, 350 chuck wagon meal tickets were sold on the hill and 510 tickets were sold for Asleep at the Wheel, who performed at the Grand Theatre. An overall total before the final events on Sunday, according to Tara Currier, director of marketing for the museum, has 2,266 people participating in the gathering. Last year at the same point in time the number stood at 1,421 participants. "I'll say we're likely going to have 3,500-plus for the entire four days. [Our goal was 3,000]," said Currier.
Darryl Tew of Jenkinsburg was among the participants in the Chuck Wagon Cooking Competition, representing Double XX Ranch. "The guys I camp and ride horses with heard about this event last year," said Tew. "We love cooking out, found a wagon and got involved." Tew said that his group also participates in similar events for churches and youth groups.
"Everything has gone very well and people are loving the event!" exclaimed Currier as she commented on the overall weekend.
For a complete schedule of the Southeastern Cowboy Gathering and event fees as festivities carry into today, call 770-387-1300 or view www.boothmuseum.org.