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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. There’s 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.

Here’s a tentative schedule of activities:

Friday, Aug. 19

• Hamburger stand, beer garden open: 6 p.m.

• Texas Hold’em 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.