Mark your calendar: 71st Banks BBQ is coming up
For 70 years, the folks at Sunset Park in Banks have hosted the annual Banks BBQ, a mélange of savory sandwiches, huge combines, big tractors, Texas-style card games and a truck tug-of-war. Theres even a frog jumping contest in the picnic area at the park, 12765 N.W. Main St.
Last year, for the first time, organizers added a six-gun fast draw competition, with cowboys and cowgirls trying their luck at being the first to hit a target with a wax bullet shot from a Colt replica.
Now in its 71st year, the Banks BBQ is gearing up for its three-day 2016 run Friday, Aug. 19, to Sunday, Aug. 21.
From 6 p.m. on opening day to 4:30 p.m. the day the annual community extravaganza closes, Banks residents will welcome newcomers to watch the action and participate where they can.
Heres a tentative schedule of activities:
Friday, Aug. 19
Hamburger stand, beer garden open: 6 p.m.
Texas Holdem Tournament registration at Schlegel Hall, 485 S. Main St., 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20
Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m.
Car Show registration, 8 to 11 a.m.
Six-Gun Fast Draw Registration at Schlegel Hall, 9 a.m.
Annual Tractor Pull, Lawnmower registration, 10 a.m.
Car Show judging/beer garden opens, noon
Grandstand opens, 1 p.m.
Truck registration begins, 1 to 5 p.m.
Tractor Pull begins, 2 p.m.
Truck Pull begins, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 21
Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m.
Truck/Tractor/Lawnmower Pull registration begins, 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Parade registration at corner of Northwest Main Street and Northwest Sunset Avenue, 8:30 a.m.
Six-Gun Fast Draw Registration, 9 a.m.
Church service at Kelly Field, 9:30 a.m.
Banks Grand Parade, 11 a.m.
Flag raising at Schlegel Hall, BBQ sandwiches go on sale, grandstand and beer garden open and kids games and rides in picnic area, noon
Misty Mamas bluegrass band plays, noon to 2 p.m.
Annual Tractor and Truck Pull, 1 p.m.
Grease pole/frog jumping contest in picnic area, 1:30 p.m.
Annual Combine Destruction Derby, Truck Tug-O-War, 4:30 p.m.