Texans are quickly snapping up tickets to a free barbeque at Gov. Rick Perry's swearing-in ceremony.
Organizers of the Jan. 18 event estimate they've given out more than 3,000 tickets. That's about a third of the way to the estimated 10,000 they plan to feed on the Texas Capitol grounds.
Perry, the longest serving governor in the U.S., is being sworn into a third term along with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, both Republicans. Officials said Texas businessman Red McCombs, a major GOP contributor, donated the money to pay for the tickets.