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Go Texan Days to feature food and fun in Navasota

By LAURA HENSLEY

Eagle Staff Writer

Organizers of this weekend’s Go Texan Days in Navasota are touting the event as good food, music and fun for a good cause.

The yearly celebration helps raise money for scholarships handed out to Grimes County youths. Last year the organization awarded more than $12,000 to area students headed to college.

Stacey Ross, secretary of the Grimes County Go Texan Association, said the group hopes to give out more this year.

“We just like to get whatever we can,” she said. “Helping the kids is what we are all about. [Go Texan Days] is a whole lot of fun. You get to mingle and relax, plus it helps raise money for local kids.”

Go Texan Days at the Grimes County Expo Center (formerly the Grimes County Fairgrounds) begins Friday evening with a dinner, a charity auction and a dance with music by Brand X. Tickets to the 6 p.m. dinner cost $10. Admission to the dance, which begins at 8 p.m., costs $5.

Free events at the Expo Center on Saturday begin at 9 a.m. with the opening of the barbecue and chili cook-off booths, arts and crafts vendors and concession stands.

A parade in downtown Navasota along Washington Street will begin at 10 a.m.

More events at the Expo Center continue in the afternoon, with the Lil’ Mr. and Miss Go Texan competition at 1 p.m. and a horseshoe and washer-tossing tournament at 2 p.m.

Friday night’s dance, with music by The Rockafellas, begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

On Sunday, arts and crafts and concession booths open again at 9 a.m. Cook-off judging will begin at 10 a.m., with awards handed out at 3 p.m.

More than 70 barbecue and chili cooking teams from around the area will compete for a chance to win a trip to next year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Throughout the weekend, visitors can wander the cooking area and sample the food, Ross said.

“We are definitely one of the biggest Go Texan cook-offs in the state,” she said. “We are very lucky to have so much local support, and we attract a lot of people from out of town who know we do a lot to maintain and upgrade the Expo Center. They know it’s a good place to be.”

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