Colleyville Old Tyme BBQ gets cooking with free catfish on April 26

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More information If you go Colleyville Old Tyme BBQ Colleyville Center Grounds, 5301 Riverwalk Dr. Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free Friday: Free catfish until it runs out, $25 VIP seating and barbecue Saturday: $7 barbecue plates, 2 p.m. Kid-Q Cook-off with $5 entry fees

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Cooks will fire up the grills and the public will loosen their belts this weekend for Colleyville’s Old Tyme BBQ.

The annual, two-day event brings the community together over food, food and more food with all proceeds going toward Special Olympics Texas.

On Friday night, Texas Cartel and Kolton Moore & The Clever Few will perform a free concert while the community digs in on some free cat fish and side dishes.

While the fish is free, event organizer Kevin Walling said donations will be accepted.

“If [people] come to this event and spend a dollar, that dollar will go to Special Olympics,” the Colleyville detective said. “You buy a plate lunch on Saturday, that money’s going to Special Olympics. You buy a T-shirt, that’s going to Special Olympics. Raffles, same thing. So at the end of it, we take everything that we raised and write one big check and give it to Special Olympics.”

High rollers can get premium seating in the VIP area for $25 where they will be treated to a plethora of food from various vendors.

Friday night has a strong focus on community. City spokeswoman Mona Gandy said everyone talks with each other like they’ve been friends for years and their children jump together in bounce houses.

Walling stressed that when the event opens at 6 p.m. there’s already a line for the catfish and that organizers do run out of free food.

The Saturday barbecue is a sanctioned International Barbeque Cookers Association competition where cooks compete for $6,500 in cash prizes. The day’s winner moves on to the next round of the contest, which is held on Sunday.

“That’s serious competition cooking going on,” Walling said. “I wish I could even remotely get my brisket to taste as good as these guys.”

Those interested in tasting the competition’s chicken, ribs and brisket can register to be a judge by arriving at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Gates open to the public at 11 a.m.

People who may not have the pallet to judge can still enjoy some meaty delights when Hall’s Grocery provides “heaping” barbecue plates with sides for $7. There won’t be any beer sales, but visitors can bring their own.

Mayor David Kelly, who is involved with the event, said he loves the 2 p.m. Kid-Q Cook-off, where 8 to 14-year-olds can compete for the “Best Kids-Q Chef” title. The chicken and 20 grills are donated to children who share their creations with limited parent involvement.

Each participant gets to keep the grill.

lly said the contest has been getting more competitive and some children bring their own secret sauces and spices.

“They now come out with their seasonings, their homemade mojo juice,” he said. “Some of the kids’ chicken is better than the cooks’ chicken.”

Saturday also features an auction and raffle. Walling said the police force has always supported the Special Olympics and is heavily involved with the annual Special Olympics event in Arlington.

“Police and Special Olympics have always gone hand in hand,” he said.

He added that although the event has grown, he’s happy with its size and atmosphere.

“We want it to be a nice Colleyville event that the people of the city, and everywhere else, want to come out to on a yearly basis,” Walling said. “Barbecue and Texas Country is a great way to start off the summer.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dussssstin

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