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Polk County ChamberBy Emily Banks Wooten
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Registration is underway for the “Battle of the Businesses” bowling tournament, a new event hosted by the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Slated for April 24 at Triple J Lanes located at 6900 Hwy. 190 West, there will be dinner, cash prizes and door prizes.

There will be two flights, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The afternoon flight is from 1-4 p.m. with setup beginning at noon. The evening flight is from 6-9 p.m. with setup beginning at 5 p.m. Teams will be made up of four people and the registration fee for the afternoon flight is $150 and the evening flight is $200.

Also new this year is “The Best of Texas,” a “business bitez expo” slated for May 2 at the Polk County Commerce Center located at 1017 U.S. 59 Loop North. Vendor booths are available starting at $50. Pre-sale tickets for the event are $10 apiece. Tickets at the door are $15 apiece.

The fourth annual State Championship Smoke in the Pines barbecue cookoff is slated for June 23-24 at Pedigo Park in Livingston. Additional activities in conjunction with the event are the auto and bike show, kids barbecue, cornhole tournament and vendor booths.

The event is affiliated with the International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA). The entry fee for IBCA meats is $200 and the entry fee for the ancillaries such as cook’s choice and beans is $25 each. If 75 or more teams participate the payout will be $7,500. There will be payouts for first through sixth IBCA meats, first through third for cook’s choice and first for beans.

The entry fee for the auto and bike show is $30 and for the kids barbecue is $25. Vendor booths are available for $65 and the cornhole team entry is $50.

IBCA judging rules will apply and may be viewed at https://ibcabbq.org/organization-documents/. For additional information about Smoke in the Pines contact John Clifton at 936-328-9864 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For information about any of the above events, contact the chamber office at 936-327-4929 or go to polkchamber.com.

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