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Spaghetti Cook-Off Returns Tonight!

After forced to postpone in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 100 Club of Wharton County is happy to announce the return of their annual Spaghetti Cook-Off. 

This will mark the 15th year since the organization began this fundraiser in Crescent Hall at the Wharton County Fairgrounds. 

“This will be a fun filled evening,” event organizer and 100 Club Andy Kirkland said. “You will get to mix and mingle with local law enforcement women and men in an atmosphere more conducive to laughs than tickets.”

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Doors will open at 4 p.m. The meal will include spaghetti dishes prepared by nine teams representing law enforcement officers and staff in the county.

The 2021 Teams are:

  • El Campo Police Department’s Sauce Masters
  • Wharton Police Department’s Ball and Chain Cookers
  • Texas Department of Public Safety’s The Impastas 
  • Wharton County Constable Offices’s La Polpettea
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Mystery Meat Cookers
  • Wharton County Sheriff’s Department’s Girl Power with a Bang, Jail Birds, and Five O Cookers
  • Wharton County District Attorney Office’s Ladies and the Tramp

Event proceeds go toward purchasing life insurance for the law enforcement officers that work in the county, as well as protecting equipment for law enforcement officers, and providing scholarships for those choosing a career in law enforcement. 

Funds also assist in the 100 Club’s annual awards banquet, and provide assistance to families of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.


The cook-off brings the community together to support all departments of law enforcement in Wharton County.

“It started up so citizens and law enforcement could get together and have a good time and to show that they are just normal people,” Kirkland said.

Even though the competition can get a little heated, Kirkland said, “It’s all in good fun.”

“No one does competition like they do; they will cheat, steal, lie,” he said jokingly.

A panel of six judges will weigh in on the best sauce. Each will evaluate taste, smell and presentation. 

The 2021 Judges are:

  • Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath
  • Pct 1 Justice of Peace Jared Cullar
  • Donna Mikeska
  • Traci Knight 
  • Russell Hill
  • County Attorney Trey Maffett

The two winners for best spaghetti sauce and showmanship will be announced midway through the evening.

Teams will begin serving event goers at 5 p.m.

Plates are just $8 each with tickets available at the door.

Jessica Hartmanhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Jessica Hartman is the publisher of The County Gin and a realistic dreamer with creative expression. She can be reached at jessica@thecountygin.com or (979) 533-0122, but careful — she's a talker.

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