Staff Writer

The countdown for Mammoth Villagefest is here! The 12th annual festival with the highest cookoff in the country … for ribs, chili, chicken and crawdads will be held July 24-26. All three days (and nights) are free and open to the public. The beer and beverage garden is optional, for a fee, as is the taste testing for the ribs, chicken and chili. Guests can also sign up to be judges.
Local bands will be playing throughout the weekend (local favorite Halfway to Benton takes the stage on Sunday at noon), along with tribute bands of Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and some great country and rock. For a full lineup of events visit For more info on judging, contact Lina Myers at 760-914-0931.