Those hungry for some local cooking may consider making their way to Alvord for the annual Watermelon Festival and Barbecue Cook-off, with proceeds benefitting a couple of community endeavors.
The two-day event is at Elm Creek Park Pavillion this weekend.
The festival kicks off Friday with the Mike Watts Scholarship Fish Fry at 6 p.m. and Brandon Gentry performing 8 p.m. to midnight.
That same day, novice chefs will register and move in for the next day’s cook-off competition. Turn-in times on Saturday will be announced Friday, and the top three meats, jackpot beans and overall grand champion cooker will be recognized with trophies at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Judges are needed.
Cooker camp spots will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Entry fees are $80 for meats and $10 for beans and will be paid back to the cookers in prizes.
Saturday’s activities include vendor booths opening at 9 a.m. and a children’s pageant at 10 a.m. Registration is at 9:30, and categories are 0 to 23 months, 2 to 3 years, 4 to 6 years, and 7 to 9 years. Theme is Summer Time Fun, casual wear.
Entry fee is $20, and the deadline to enter has been extended to Friday. Call Michele Hardee at (940) 626-9337.
A fundraiser for the Alvord Veterans Memorial Park is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the festival. Barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, drinks, cobbler and other desserts will be sold.
That evening, a washer tournament is at 6 p.m. with a 50/50 jackpot. Other activities include a bounce house, dunking booth and water slide. T-shirts will be sold for $15.
Unless otherwise noted, proceeds of the festival benefit the Library Restoration Fund.
For information, call Debra McKelvain at (940) 389-1656.