Ballinger City Park will host the 2nd Annual Hotter then Hell Cookoff & Party in the Park on Saturday, June 29, 2019.
The small town of Ballinger is planning a big event next weekend.
The 2nd Annual Hotter then Hell Cookoff & Party in the Park is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, at Ballinger City Park.
Among the activities being offered are:
• a washer tournament at 5:30 p.m.
• a sand volleyball tournament at 10 a.m
• free swimming at the city pool from noon-6 p.m.
• live music by West Texas Funk from 7-10 p.m.
• a fireworks show at Ballinger Lake at 9:30 p.m.
• a silent auction featuring over 40 items
In addition, there will be a cornhole tournament at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Kayak rentals were originally planned but have since been cancelled.
The cookoff Saturday will feature seven categories -- brisket, ribs, chicken, beans, hot sauce, margaritas and an open category.
This event is also an opportunity for Ballinger to showcase two new features in its city park -- a sand volleyball court and washer pits. A 9-hole disc golf course is expected to be installed in the park later this summer.
Elaine Paske, a member of Ballinger's park board, said this event will help fund future park projects.
"We built the Imagination Station playground in the city park in March 2013 ... but the park board is not just over the city park," Paske said. "We're responsible for the lake park, the plaza downtown by the courthouse and the little park behind (the Toliver Brothers car dealership).
"So our fundraising now is to expand some things to the other parks. Now that the lake is full again, we want something out there for the kids. First and foremost, I think we have to get some shade."
This event began years ago as a birthday celebration for Ballinger, Paske said, but when the Chamber of Commerce made the decision to discontinue it last year, the park board took it over.
"Last year, we had about 30 days notice, so I was really pleased with the outcome with that much notice," Paske said. "This year, we've been working on it since the first of the year."
Ballinger will also hold its quarterly Sidewalk Showcase on Saturday, which will include vendors along the sidewalks downtown in addition to local businesses.
A farmer's market will be held downtown Saturday morning on 8th Street.
For more information on the cornhole tournament ($30 per team), washer tournament ($40 per team) and cookoff, contact Tony Flores at 325-977-0453.
For more information on the co-ed sand volleyball tournament ($10 per person), contact Deena Esser at 325-763-9150.
By Paul Harris
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