- from left Jeremy Jones of Purple Tangie with Cowboy Cup founder Daniel Lewis after winning the grand champion flower category Dec. 14
The inaugural Cowboy Cup went by with nary a hitch, awarding its first round of encrusted belt buckles to a new crop of cannabis cultivators.
“I think there was a really good crowd, and I think all the vendors got their money’s worth. I think they’re all well taken care of,” founder Daniel Lewis said. “I just wanted to make sure everybody was happy and got their money’s worth, and I think everybody did. I didn’t hear any complaints.”
He said more than 800 people attended the event at Tumbleweed Dance Hall on Dec. 13 and 14.
“I would have liked to have gotten 2,000, but it’s an inaugural event, and after what High Times pulled, I think a lot of people are real wary about events like this in general and kind of maybe were a little bit standoffish to jump in this one. ... I’m just a little guy, but I think we showed everybody we knew what we were doing,” he said.
Cannabis businesses and patients were well represented from all corners of the state along with numerous brands from the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.
There were no major problems with the event, nobody was hurt and there were not any arrests. Entry into the event went smoothly from the box office to the back of the venue where large vendor tents were set up. Inside the dance hall, local bands played continuously from dark until closing, while live music was held on a separate stage inside the vendor tents that was also the venue for the championship ceremony.
During the ceremony, second- and third-place winners were given plaques, while the first-place winners were awarded unique ornamental belt buckles. Prizes were awarded in 14 categories ranging from topicals and concentrates to raw flower.
The grand champion flower and indoor flower categories were both won by Purple Tangie Cannabis Co.’s Gelato Cake #1. Purple Tangie and Green Rush Gardens, the growing arm that won second place in indica flower at High Times Cannabis Cup for the same strain, is based in Eufaula.
“It’s a crazy experience to go from six felonies to awards. It’s a complete turnaround that I’ve never thought could happen in my home state,” owner Jeremy Jones said. “I pretty much kind of ran away. I did business in Arkansas for the last seven years, and it’s just great to have something to come home to because, having children here and being an entrepreneur, I want to make money in my home state. I love my state, and I want to bring back to it and I want to be a positive influence and someone that brings something to the table for the community, so when it became legal and I was able to go back, that was great, that alone, but never did I think it would go to winning awards.”
Jones is the public face of the company but has brought in others with award-winning experience in the cannabis industry to do what they love and craft superior products for the Oklahoma market.
Matt Powell was a judge for the competition in the indoor and sun-grown flower categories. He reached out to Lewis when Cowboy Cup was first announced and was selected as a judge in June. Powell said he picked up numbered samples in small plastic containers. There were more than 60 entries he judged for the indoor category and about 20 in the outdoor category that he picked up from Outpost 33 Dispensary in Coyle.
He said that the judging was done online and there were six indoor flower entries that he thought were stellar as well as two in the sun-grown category. He hopes to be selected again as a judge for next year’s event.
“For our state, it was a well-deserved event,” Powell said. “It fit our needs. It was what it needed to be.”
Cowboy Cup Winners
Purple Tangie - Gelato Cake #1
1st - Oklahoma Premier Reserve - Gas Breath
2nd - AC Genetics - Crazy Glue
3rd - Boss Lady Farms - Gorilla Glue#4
4th - Tulsa Tops - L.S.D
5th - Holistic Heights - Animal Cough
1st - Purple Tangie - Gelato Cake #1
2nd - Stability Cannabis - Platinum GG
3rd - New Leaf Medicinals - Slurricane
4th - Green Love Tulsa - Wedding Mints
5th - JJs Organic Gardens - Hash Head
1st - 420 Cannabis Kings - Harlequinn
2nd - Ganulv Gardens - Z7 / Remadey
1st - Pharmhouse - Starmalade
2nd - KOLA Organics - Krown Kola
1st - 918 OG in collaboration w/ Green Love Tulsa - Wedding Mints
2nd - Herban Envy - Tropicana Cookies
1st - 918 OG - Morning Wood
2nd - Hilltop Gardens - GG #5
3rd - Herban Envy - Tangie x Tropicana
4th - Kiamichi Skies - Mac and Cheese
5th - 918 OG - Wedding Mints
1st - Fuel Farms - Tree of Souls 3
2nd - Desert Extracts - Slow Burn Cotton Candy Kush
3rd - New Leaf Medicinals - GMO x Sunset Cookies
4th - Everything’s Ok - Blue Cookies
1st - Helix Extract - Grandaddy Purple
2nd - Helix Extract - Delta 9
3rd - Helix Extract - Berry White
1st - Everything’s OK - Mimosa
2nd - Twisty Seeds - Palm Beach Sour
3rd - Helix Extract - Watermelon OG
4th - Helix Extract - Bubblegum OG
5th - Kiamichi Skies - Mac and Cheese
1st - Oklahoma Medicine - Topical Pain Salve
2nd - OK Desert Extracts - Slow Burn Cotton Candy Kush Live Resin
1st - Oklahoma Premier Reserve - Dope Rope
2nd - Easy Street - Gummies
3rd - Ruby Maes - Black Cherry Sour Gummies
4th - Kiamichi Skies - Breathmints Mac and Cheese
5th - Arcadia Brand - Gummie Zkittles
1st - Pharmers Daughter Edibles - Medicated Cake Cup
2nd - Oklahoma Medicine - German Chocolate Bon Bon
3rd - PCD Inc. - Layer Cake Brownie
4th- Place - Bee Elevated - Cake Bombs Hybrid
1st - Ruby Mae’s - Peanut Butter Chocolate
2nd - PCD Inc - BBQ Sauce
3rd - Oklahoma Medicine - Peanut Butter Cup
4th - D&G Dankery - Puppy Chow
5th - Bee Elevated - Honey Shots/Sour D
- Winners in Cowboy Cup categories were awarded custom belt buckles.