May 23- 26, 2019
Lake Granbury Conference Center
Granbury, TX

The 2019 C.A.T.S. (Cigar Aficionados Trades & Sales) Festival (aka CATSFEST 6) will be the first Craft Beer AND Cigar Festival in the United States. CATSFEST is so much more than a Craft Beer and Cigar Festival; it is a great community coming together to support our deployed men and women in the Armed Services and having an exceptional time while doing it.

Schedule at a Glance




  • 10:00 AM
    Pre-Registration (with DJ T Foxxx)
  • 1:00 PM
    Granbury Signature Drink Competition
  • 5:30 PM
    The Drew Estate VIP Denim and Lace Dinner
  • 7:00 PM
    CASI Chili with Beans Competition (ages 18+)
  • 7:30 pm
    The Drew Diplomat Legendary Pre-Party
  • 8:00 pm
    East of Dallas POD Chili Cook Off (ages 18+)




  • 10:00 AM
    Over the Top Bloody Mary Chili Men's & Women's Competition
  • 11:00 AM
    Gates Opens (VIP Only)
    Cigar Round Up (VIP)
    Craft Beer Experience Opens (VIP)
  • 12:00 PM
    Gates Opens
    Cigar Round Up
    Craft Beer Experience
    Texas Men’s Jr. Championship (ages 8-17)
    Live Concert: Janie Balderas Band
    Opening Ceremony with Color Guard and National Anthem




Saturday (cont.)

  • 11:00 am
    Silent Auction
  • 1:00 pm
    Texas Men’s State Championship (Turn In Time)(Ages 18+)
  • 2:00 pm
    People’s Choice Open Chili Competition (ages 18+)
  • 3:30 pm

    CATS Beard & Mustache Competition

  • 4:00 pm
    Craft Beer Winner Announced
  • 5:30 PM

    GranburyRadio.com CATS Scavenger Crawl

  • 6:00 pm
    Live Concert: Proud Country - Taylor Bonham & Rhonda McCullough
  • 6:00 pm
    Asylum Cigar Press Olympics
  • 8:30 pm
    Live Concert Headliner: Mark Trimmier Band




  • 11:00 AM
    Christmas in May - Mild Bill's Chili Verde Competition (all ages)
  • 12:00 PM
    The Crazy Pizza Party
  • 1:00 PM
    Christmas in May - CASI Red Chili Competition (ages 18+)

* schedule subject to change

Shorty's Story

Who is this man with a big heart? Shorty Rossi is a Keynote Speaker, Pit Bull Rescuer/Activist, Book Author and Avid Cigar Lover with his own cigar line.

Shorty grew up in LA and was on his own by age 15.  By age 18 he was involved in a gang-related shooting and a convicted felon serving 10 years at Folsom State Prison.

Fresh out of prison and determined to change his life, he learned quick that entertainment jobs were lucrative as a little person.  Working at Universal Studios and appearing in commercials and movies such as "The Grinch" with Jim Carrey, "The Kid" with Bruce Willis and "Daddy Day Care" with Eddie Murphy the list goes on with dozens of TV shows and theater throughout the years.

Shorty is definitely a workaholic.  Starting Shortywood Productions, providing and manage little people entertainers.  Also starting Shorty's Rescue - his passion for championing the cause of Pit Bulls. He's owned Pit Bulls since he was 14 years old and credits them for "saving his life".


Lake Granbury Conference Center

621 E Pearl Street
Granbury, TX 76048

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100% of the profit from this event will be donated directly to the military charity Operation: Cigars for Warriors!


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