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Zalud House Museum Pioneer Days & Rib Cook-Off

THANK YOU Porterville for your continued support of the Zalud House Museum!  We had a great event and look forward to seeing you next year!

Rib Cook-Off Results:

1st- Smokin' Rez Grill (153 points)
2nd- Pickle Tree BBQ (141 points w/double tie breaker)
3rd- Niner Empire (141 points w/ double tie breaker)
People's Choice-  Niner Empire  

Backyard BBQ (140 points)
Kick Rocks BBQ(140 points)
Red Neck B-B-Que (138 points)
Welch's BBQ (136 points)
The Tailgaters (134points)
The Robust Bozingas (123 points)
Route 65 Grill (120 points)
Mexi-Cans (119 points)
Kids Favorite (117 points)
Hardwood BBQ'RS (115 points)
BiggE'$ BBQ (111 points)

Saturday, October 5, 2013
11am-3pm
(Rib Cook-Off begins at 8:30am)

  • Rib Cook-Off for Cash Prizes
  • 2013 Pioneer Days Queen Pageant
  • Live Shoot out on Main Street
  • Historical Displays and Re-enactments
  • Pan for REAL gold with "Gold Rush Old West Mining & Refining Co."
  • Horse Drawn Vehicle Rides
  • Cowboy Camp
  • Kiwanis Kids Korner
  • Trackless Train
  • Bounce House
  • Bill Horst & the Civil War Cannon
  • Tour the Zalud House & First Congregational Church
  • Music
  • Food
  • Vendors
  • And MORE!

Want to be a vendor at the event? 
Contact Tonya at (559) 791-7695 for more information.


Rib Cook-Off:

The Rib Cook-Off is open to any and all amateur backyard BBQ enthusiasts!  Enter as a team or as an individual.  Participants will compete for their chance to win cash prizes or the People's Choice trophy!

1st place- $450
2nd Place- $350
3rd Place- $250
People's Choice Trophy

Entry fee is only $100*
10 racks of pork spare ribs will be provided.  Cooker's are asked to bring all of their own seasonings, utensil's, BBQ, etc.  
*Please be aware that each team will be required to pay an additional $53 fee for a temporary Health Department permit and must abide by the guidelines and requirements set forth by the Tulare County Environmental Health Services (TCEHS).  United States Veteran's with proof of Honorable Discharge and a completed Veteran's Exempt Form will not be required to pay the $53 fee.

Deadline to enter is September 20 2013*.
*Due to the deadline requirements of the TCEHS, no late entries will be allowed.

Rib Cook-Off Entry Form Packet

Rib Cook-Off Rules & Regulations

For more information, call Tonya Hall at (559) 791-7695.


Pioneer Days Queen Pageant:

Young women ages 14-20 years old are invited to compete in the Pioneer Days Queen Pageant.  The Queen will be crowned 2013 Pioneer Days Queen and will be invited to make special appearances throughout the year.

The pageant will be held at 12pm during the event.  Contestants will be judged on the following criteria:
50%- Ticket Sales
20%- Oral Presentation
20%- Personality
10%- Attire*

*For the pageant, contestants will be asked to dress in old west attire of their choice.

Prizes:
1st place- 2013 Pioneer Days Queen, crown, sash and 25% of your ticket sales.
2nd Place- 2013 Princess Sash and 20% of your ticket sales
3rd Place and all other contestants- Wins 15% of your ticket sales.

Pioneer Days Queen Entry Form

Queen Pageant Flyer

The Zalud House Museum Pioneer Days & Rib Cook-Off is sponsored by the following:


All proceeds go directly to help preserve the Zalud House Museum! 

For more information, contact Tonya at (559) 791-7695.

See video of the 2011 Pioneer Days Shoot Out

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