Sharpen your steak knives and get ready for a Texas-sized steak eatin', music listenin', street danicin', downtown barbecue.

The Eighth Annual Texas Steak Cookoff will sizzle on the streets of downtown Hico from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

The event invites "back yard chefs" to face off to see who grills the best steak in the Lone Star State.

For those who failed to line up to compete at first call, it's too late. The competition filled up in January.

And the beef-hungry masses who want to take part in the event better act fast, as event organizers expect another sell-out crowd.

Regular seating, which includes a 12-ounce ribeye, two sides and a chance at a number of door prizes is available for $25 per person.

For $20, wine lovers will get to sample eight selections of Texas wines and meet wine makers.

Meanwhile, attendees wishing to get in on the third annual VIP dinner can do so for $100 per person. VIP guests will be treated to only the finest, including upscale amenities and steaks prepared by a "celebrity chef" in a private, pampered setting. For more information, e-mail

Vendors looking to peddle their wares to the Texas-sized crowd are still being invited to turn in an application. Cost is $150 for a 10x10 ft. space. For more information, e-mail

To purchase tickets online or for other information, visit or call 254-485-2020.