The Lucky Cowboy Bean Blowout

March 6th, 2012 | Posted by PrintOne in Entertainment | Festivals | Showcase Articles

The theme for the 2012 cook-off will be The “Lucky” Cowboy Bean Blowout. The parade this year will also include St. Patrick’s Day. General Granbury’s 34th Annual Birthday Party March 17th and 18th happens downtown in the Historic District and sponsored by the HGMA, City of Granbury and Hood County.

The General’s birthday celebration brings you briskets slow-cooking over wood-fires, great tasting beans, music and more from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. For two dollars each you can get a sample cup to taste beans and vote for your favorite in the “People’s Choice” award contest.

The cook-off categories of best beans, ribs, brisket and showmanship are awarded top honors to contestants and local bakeries provide plenty of free birthday cake for all to enjoy (only served at the opening ceremonies at 10:00 a.m.).

Entertainment throughout the day on Saturday includes a Parade at 12 noon, live music and the hilarious “OUTRAGEOUS OUTHOUSE RACE” at 3 p.m. When was the last time you saw an outhouse racing down the street?

Then gather around the stage near the courthouse to witness the 9th Annual Bean-Eating Contest at 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Other activities include a Bean-Counting Contest and more. Enjoy unique merchandise vendors, various food vendors, a petting zoo, pony rides and a train ride for the children.

Sunday, the festival opens at 10:00 a.m. with merchandise vendors, food, children’s activities, plus even more great entertainment!

Bring your family and join the decorated Bikes and Trikes Parade and Contest at 1:30 p.m.

For further information on participating in the cook-off or for vendor information, please contact the HGMA office at 817.573.5299 or visit or email

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