Cowboy hat trick 

The third time’s the charm for Stillwater’s Cowboy Cup, which minted its latest round of Oklahoma cannabis champions this month.

click to enlarge Sign and merch booths at Cowboy Cup. - BERLIN GREEN
  • Berlin Green
  • Sign and merch booths at Cowboy Cup.

The people have spoken and the Cowboy Cup has been crowned Oklahoma’s cannabis competition.

In true Sooner State fashion, winners earn bolo ties, spurs and belt buckles after throwing their hats in the ring against other local industry participants at the Tumbleweed Dance Hall in Stillwater.

There were some familiar faces from other competitions, like ALTVM taking first place in the indoor flower category with their Slapz strain and Pharmicated — who took the first Cowboy Cup buckle for indoor flower when they were operating as Purple Tangie — taking both first and second place in the sungrown flower category.

While several companies took two of the three awards in their respective categories, only newcomer Golden Trends swept one entirely with their CO2 cartridges.

Attendance totals have not yet been finalized, but Lewis estimates at least 8,000 people attended the event across two days.

“Everybody was just beside themselves at how well the event went and how beneficial it was for their business,” Lewis said.

More than 520 products were entered into the competition, including nearly 200 indoor flower contestants, he said.

While complaints about other cannabis competitions being pay-to-play are rampant, after attending the first year’s event, I asked if I could be a judge for the indoor flower category.

Be careful what you wish for. A total of 82 entries were given to my half of the judges, who had about six weeks to complete their portion of the competition. If it sounds like a lot of work, it was. Averaging about four strains a day, each was identified only by a three-letter prefix and a three-digit numeral.

The horse I backed, IND-098, made it to the final ten, which consisted of both groups of judges conspiring in a smoke-filled room to narrow down the top three in a lightning round of judging one November afternoon over barbecue and baked goods.

For the curious, that strain was Killer Cupcake from F5 Farms.

Despite the popularity of this year’s event, Lewis said he plans on limiting himself to one major event a year.

“We may try to do something in the summer just for fun, but really, we just want to do one thing really, really good,” he said.

And the winners are...

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