County Judge Carl Thibodeaux is invited to a barbecue – his own.
The sixth Orange County Celebrity Roast, sponsored by the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Bridge City Historical Museum, turns up the grill at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Bridge City Community Center.

Roasters include Judge Buddie Hahn, Bridge City Mayor Kirk Roccaforte, Erin Davison and Tanya Molley (Thibodeaux’s daughters), Tyler Thibodeaux (Thibodeaux’s son) and Record Publisher Roy Dunn. 

Sponsorships are $200, $400, $800 and $1,000, which include entries for prizes, gift baskets (in the shape of a pirogue) commemorative “koozies” and tickets to the event (two, four, eight or 10). Sponsors will receive recognition in the printed program, from master of ceremonies Gary Stelly and on a plaque to be on permanent display at the Bridge City Historical Museum.

The menu will include chicken and sausage gumbo and potato salad, with choice of coffee, soft drinks, beer and water. Guests may also bid in a silent auction.

Thibodeaux says the events will be good for chamber and museum officials and bring to light issues they’re concerned with. “We’re going to have a lot of fun,” he says. “As for my kids, I thought it would be fun to let them ‘take a crack at dad.’”

He has been known to tell a few fishing stories, but says he may leave that to the roasters.

“I don’t know if I’ll tell any or not, but I have so many I’ve been told I could write a book. I first met Roy in 1973 when I opened up my first pharmacy in West Orange. And I’ve known Kirk about that long also. We’ve gotten closer during the Ike recovery efforts, attending a lot of meetings together and have become very good friends. I knew Buddie at first because my son and his son were friends and fellow athletes. And then after he became a district judge and I became county judge, I really got to know him better.”

Hahn told The Record he thought he’d known Thibodeaux at least 35 years. “We did a lot of traveling together, through our sons. We went to a lot of soccer games over the years.”

Hahn said he hadn’t written anything for the roast yet, but “would come up with something.”

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Giving a small preview of his material, Roccaforte said, “We spent many hours during Ike recovery, and with the help he did for me and the great advice he gave me – I may talk about some of that.”

He added, “I’m sure that with just Thibodeaux being Thibodeaux, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. I haven’t been fishing with him but I’ve been golfing with him – and that’s bad enough. This will be a great event for the chamber, and with Thibodeaux there it’s going to attract a lot of people.”

Previous guests of honor at the Celebrity Roast have included H.D. Pate (1996), Ron Lewis (1997), W.T. Oliver (1998), Lester “Buckshot” Winfree (2000) and Judge Don Burgess (2002).

“I respect him so much it will be hard for me to burn him,” Dunn said. “But I’ll tell you this: it’s a rumor that Thibodeaux is intelligent, good-looking and sensitive. He started the rumor. I’ll try to remember that he has the last shot.”