More than 100 teams will compete in the 14th annual Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks barbecue competition Saturday, vying for a part of the $30,000 prize money.

For a $250 participation fee, teams can take part in the four categories: rib-eye steak, pork spare ribs, chicken wings and brisket. The deadline for teams to sign up is Friday morning.

The event which will take place at H-E-B Park, 1616 S. Raul Longoria Road.
H-E-B has been acknowledged as the event’s official steak sponsor, providing two steaks per team. DeAnna Garza, the director of marketing and special events for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, said H-E-B providing the steaks evens the playing field.

“In the morning, they steaks are laid on a table and cooks get to choose the steaks they will work with,” Garza said. “This helps to get everyone to start on the same playing field.”

Besides the cook-off, attendees will be able to take part in various festivities that include local vendors, H-E-B product demonstrations, and a children’s fun area with games and rides.

The free event starts at 9 a.m., and a full day of entertainment is planned. Local artists will be taking the stage throughout the afternoon, and a dance group from Studio 956 Dance Production is scheduled to perform at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A firework show will begin at 9:45 p.m., with American Chicano rock band Los Lonely Boys taking the stage after.

Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to watch the RGV FC Toros soccer game against Tacoma Defiance of Washington. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at the park. General admission tickets are $9 and VIP tickets are $40.

“It is a wonderful quality of life event,” said Garza, the lead organizer. “Not only does it mean a lot to the community, but also to surrounding communities. There is something for everybody, and when there’s that, everybody comes.”

For the first time this year, 10 veterans will be awarded the Texas Cook’Em High Steaks in Edinburg Veterans Scholarship worth $1,000. Originally only five applicants would be selected, but H-E-B agreed to match the $5,000.

“Fourth of July is about celebrating independence gained by veterans who deserve our complete and total respect,” Garza said. “And, we wanted to recognize that this year. They stood up and supported us, so we want to show our support by helping them continue their education.”