Fair, Chilympiad, and the cow
The Hays county fair was put on by LULAC and sponsored by McCoy's, Sac-N-Pac and others. I think it was the first "Hays County Fair" and not an annual event (yet?). The sanctioning body of Chilympiad, CASI (chili appreciation society international) sanctioned the chili cook-off at the Hays County Fair. So in some respects, we got our chili cook-off back (as the winners qualify as contestants for Terlingua). As for Chilympiad, the event lost big money in 2001 and again in 2002. It was supposed to be a charity event. I guess because it lost so much money, it has not been held since. There may never be another three day weekend event quite like chilympiad. As for the Sirloin Stockade cow that used to be at the corner of 80 and I-35... It has been gone for quite some time. Now that the Sirloin Stoackade is Montana Mike's - I guess they couldn't use the old cow..?