Thursday, June 13, 2019

32nd Annual Buckholts Cotton Festival

Buckholts kicks off summer every year with the annual Cotton Festival and B-B-Q Cook-Off. This year was the 32nd CottonFest with the downtown parade, vendors, a carnival and lots of food and ice cream.

The carnival opened Friday night!
On Saturday, the festivities began with the parade and continued with a silent auction, volleyball, horse shoes and washers, while the BBQ cooks smoked their wares. There was live music and many street vendors.

Master of Ceremonies Richard Crowe
lining things up to kick off the parade.

Mr. and Mrs. Peeler led this year's parade.

After the parade, the Praha Brothers entertained the crowd.

The washer pitching cranked up along with horse shoes.

While not the same as doughnuts, judging the BBQ can be
quite filling.

The MAD Band returned to the stage this year for the second
half of the afternoon entertainment.
Then, after raffle winners were announced, it was time for the cook-off awards, presented by the Budweiser Girls.

Cameron's John Anderle won 1st AND 2nd place in the
Margarita division. Hmmmm. (Probably should be investigated
by the Constable's Office

Buckholts' philanthropic chef, Jeff Kuzel of the Sippin-n-Flippin
team took first prize in the Chicken category.

And the Overall Winner was Michael Galvan of the Naw "da" Bone
team from Belton.

Here's the lists of all of the winners at this year's Cotton Festival Cook-Off
(click list to enlarge)

After the awards were presented, fans favorite Justin Cole took
the stage to finish out the evening entertainment.

And then, it was over. Waiting to turn off the lights, Buckholts'
philosophical grill master Leslie Lorenz shouldn't look so sad.
 After all, he won 4th place in the Brisket group!

Friday night photos here  - - > >  CottonFest 2019 Friday Night

Saturday images here  - - > >   CottonFest Saturday 2019