The top rated steak judged at Saturday’s Cattleman’s Classic Ribeye Roundup was prepared by a Junior Championship cook-off, a young competitor who scored 5 points higher than any of the other Ribeye Roundup competitors.
Page Sloan of Dallas, a competitor in the 7-12 year category in the Junior Championship, won first place in the Junior Championship cook-off with her steak. She was among 18 junior cooks ages 7-17 whose grilling skills were judged using the same criteria as the adult division. She was awarded a trophy as well as a flag flown over the State Capital in her honor.
The Junior Championship for ages 13-17 was won by Rider Rawson of Sulphur Springs. He also received an award and prize.
Competitors in the Ribeye Roundup, featuring adult entries, began at about 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1, 2022, with the top 10 entries called back for a second cook-off at 2 p.m., entries due in at 3:30 p.m., from those the overall winner was announced shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday. A total of $7,200 in cash was awarded to the cook winners.
When all ballots had been tallied the following were recognized for finishing 1-7th overall in the Ribeye Roundup:
- White Smoke
- The Smokin’ Beard
- Alliance Bank
- Patterson High Voltage Drilling
- Buff City Soap
- Wood County Farm Bureau
- G5 Ranch
Also recognized for being among the top 10 in the Ribeye Roundup were: Tableat, Swinson Excavation and Seth’s Lake Fork Creek.
Eight teams also competed in the hors d’oeuvres competition. The top prize, however, went to Marvin Garrett, G5 Ranch.
Downtown was packed with people who purchased the tickets, which had sold out by Monday evening, to support those competing, to purchase from vendors, enjoy local restaurants, free music and concerts and beef up their knowledge of the industry by visiting tents along the Cattle Trail.