Cotton ‘Q Club Celebrates with Gilded Décor, Award-Winning Barbecue, Celebrity Champagne and Famed Country Concerts

HOUSTON (February 15, 2024) – Cotton Holdings, Inc., a leading disaster and infrastructure support services company headquartered in Houston, in partnership with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest from Thursday, February 22 – Saturday, February 24, 2024. Not only will the more than 10,000-square-foot cedar-framed Cotton ‘Q Club “tent” showcase golden roses throughout to commemorate the celebratory year, but, as Title Sponsor of the weekend-long event, Cotton Holdings also plans to celebrate this anniversary with an iconic country music lineup, celebrity champagne partnership and customized caviar bar for the Gold Pony Lounge.

“It’s important for our Cotton family to recognize everything that the Rodeo and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest have done over the past 50 years,” said Pete Bell, co-founder and CEO of Cotton Holdings, Inc. “We are not only excited for the organization to reach this milestone anniversary, but our partners have worked for months with both the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Bar-B-Que Contest teams to ensure that this year is the best one yet. We look forward to celebrating and cannot wait to see what the next 50 years bring.”

This year’s tent design will include gold touches throughout to signify the 50th anniversary of the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. In addition to thousands of gold roses inside the tent and draped over 7-foot-tall mosaic horses, the Cotton ‘Q Club will also offer gold-themed cocktails, including a Golden Mule, The Gold Standard and a Gold Fashioned. The space will be blanketed by navy velvet ceiling paneling, custom-made tartan flooring, antler and crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, antique mirrors, saddles and mounted taxidermy from Cotton Holdings CEO Pete Bell’s ranch.

Headlining this year’s opening night is a performance by country music legends Big & Rich with Gretchen Wilson, with up-and-coming artist William Beckmann to kick off the evening. In addition to the famed country band famous for “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” Cotton Holdings has partnered with award-winning musician, entrepreneur, actor and producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson to serve his Le Chemin Du Roi Brut Champagne to guests in the Gold Pony Lounge as well as Kaluga Huso Hybrid Caviar provided by CIEL Restaurant & Lounge.

Founded in 1996, Cotton Holdings has a strong history with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as a participant in the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Competition for over a decade. Cotton Culinary, a subsidiary of Cotton Holdings helmed by Executive Chef Wade Schindler, has also participated in the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition for the past decade and has brought home several accolades from the event, including multiple People’s Choice Awards and the Trail Blazin’ Appetizer Award.

More than 250 barbecue teams from across Texas and the world will compete in the 2024 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, which drew more than 200,000 visitors over three days in 2023. Teams will compete for champion titles in the following categories: Brisket, Ribs, Chicken, Go Texan, Dutch Oven Dessert and Open Contest.


Cotton is a leading infrastructure support services company in the $20 billion U.S. commercial restoration market with subsidiaries that conduct business under the Cotton Global Disaster Solutions, Cotton Roofing, Cotton Logistics, Cotton Culinary, Stellar Commercial Roofing, Full Circle Restoration and Construction Services, Advance Catastrophe Technologies, Target Solutions and 24 Restore brands. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with an International Logistics Center and regional offices throughout North America, Cotton provides property restoration and recovery, construction, roofing, consulting, infrastructure support services and culinary services to public and private entities worldwide. Learn more at CottonHoldings.com.


The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2024 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 17. The 2024 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is scheduled for Feb. 22 – 24. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.