When you come to Brady, you might say you’re a hundred miles away from a big city but a thousand miles away from stress. To really appreciate Brady’s small-town charm, you’ll want to plan on slowing down and savoring the good life. If you really feel the need for speed, you can always load up the boat or jet ski and head for the cool waters of Brady Lake. But a quiet, early-morning deer hunt, a stroll through a fascinating museum, a slow-cooked barbecue feast, these are some of the best things to do in Brady.
With 25 miles of shoreline and a surface area of more than 2,000 acres, Brady Lake is a medium-sized reservoir with big-time opportunities for fun on the water. Boating, skiing, and swimming can be done here, as well as excellent fishing for largemouth bass and catfish. Stop at the fully stocked lake store for advice on what the fish are biting. Launch your boat from one of the public ramps, or you can fish from the covered, heated fish house for a small fee. For overnight stays, the lake’s 170-acre park provides RV hookups, tent sites, picnic areas, restrooms with showers, and 14 cabanas that are available to rent.
If you’re serious about your barbecue, there’s one time of year you simply have to make your way to Brady. Every Labor Day weekend, the city hosts the legendary World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off, which has been drawing crowds from all over the South for more than 40 years. In the main event, upwards of 200 teams will compete to determine who can whip up the most magnificent mutton. The weekend also includes a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts vendors, a street dance with live music, and a fun run. And goat will hardly be the only food on the menu--funnel cakes, snow cones, quail, venison, stuffed jalapenos, and much more will all be calling your name. Don’t think twice about attending; after all, no goats, no glory!
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