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HOUSTON -- 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 Beat the Traffic reporter Katherine Whaley also spent time with the children during the day's festivities.

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