Credit: Debbie Porter
This year, and for the past 22 years, hundreds of children with special needs had the opportunity to experience the fun of the Rodeo Houston BBQ cookoff thanks to a group of volunteers led by Red Ritch, a veteran of the Rodeo Barbecue. Kids enjoyed musical performances, acts by clowns, appearances by local celebrities and Houston Police officers, and of course, world-class barbecue. Each child leaves with a goodie bag full of prizes, a t-shirt, and a smile on his or her face. 11 News' own Beat the Traffic reporter Katherine Whaley also spent time with the children during the day's festivities.