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Oklahoman Published: October 10, 2012

The 2012 Champion Winning Pitmaster will be determined by a People's Choice vote among 2,000-plus attendees expected. All proceeds for food sales will benefit Kidd's Kids and the charity's work on behalf of chronically ill children and their families.

The $1,000 prize will be presented to the Champion Pitmaster at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Watonga festival opens Friday

The 36th annual Watonga Cheese Festival and Art Show will be Friday and Saturday. Hosted by the Watonga Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma favorite offers a wealth of attractions for people of all ages and interests. Admission to the family friendly event is $5 and free for children under 12 years old.

The two-day Cheese festival features live entertainment, crafts, an art show located in the sanctuary of Oasis Church on Main Street. A bevy of cheese-related activities, including tastings and cooking contests, will unfold throughout downtown. Oklahoma wines will be served to adults.

Other activities include the Classic Car show, Rat Race (sanctioned 5k, 1k and one mile fun run, Saturday morning), games, rides and amusements for kids of all ages. Saturday's big event is the annual Cheese Festival Parade at noon.

Hours for the festival are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (580) 623-5452 or go online to

Stella hosts Stoller Dinner

Stella Modern Italian, 1201 N Walker Ave., will host a special dinner with winemaker Bill Stoller at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 to welcome Stoller, owner of Stoller Vineyards. The Stoller winery in Oregon's Dundee Hills is the first LEED Gold Certified winery in the United States, using gravity-flow winemaking techniques, energy-efficient heating and cooling, and waste-water reclamation to reduce negative environmental impact.

Cost is $85 plus tax and gratuity; call 235-2200 for reservations. Bar opens at 6 with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

Free Salsa Class Set

— The Cleveland County Master Gardener Association will host a class on how to make salsa on at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 in the County Extension Building, 601 E Robinson St., in room C. Brenda Hill, Family Consumer Sciences Educator of Cleveland County Extension, will conduct the free class.

For more information, call 321-4774.