Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters at the Victory Texas and Republican Party of Texas election night watch party at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch on November 2, 2010 in Buda, Texas.
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.