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La Vernia Connections: Enjoy barbecue in the park Aug. 10-11

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It’s almost time! The 11th annual La Vernia BBQ Cook-Off is this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12, in the La Vernia City Park.

Proceeds from past cook-off events, hosted by the Greater La Vernia Parks Foundation, have helped provide park improvements, such as the playscape, walking trails, and gazebo. More amenities are in the works, such as drinking fountains and shade for the playscape.

The International Barbeque Cookers Association-sanctioned event draws folks from far and wide. In addition to teams from La Vernia and the surrounding areas, people travel from across Texas and the rest of the country for a chance to claim bragging rights and trophies for their cooking prowess.

The family-friendly event includes a carnival, horseshoe and washer tournaments, shows by the South Texas Gunfighters, a Cow Patty Plop, a jalapeño-eating contest, “Balloonatick Bill,” and much more. Enjoy music by Clint Taft and Cody Johnson on Friday night, and Ross Brunner and Curtis Grimes on Saturday.

Friday night’s events include the Kids Cook, with meat donated by the event sponsor, Pruski’s Market in Adkins. Pruski’s also will provide and cook the brisket for the parks foundation’s food booth.

Find plenty of interesting and unique wares among the event’s arts and crafts and other booths, and chow down on festival food and good barbecue.

Volunteers are needed to judge the barbecue, drive the courtesy golf carts, help in the judges’ tent, and more. Clean-up help Sunday from 8 a.m. is urgently needed, also.

For more on this event, visit

Getting in
Admission at the gate:
•Friday, $7 from 3-7 p.m., $10 after that.
•Saturday, $10 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m, and $15 after 7 p.m.
•Free for children 6 and under.

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