Rain or shine Grill Fest and activities will go on

42 tourney gets started Friday evening

Join the Fun at Grill Fest this weekend, Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6.

In addition to sampling great barbeque you can participate in the Washer Pitching Tournament, Sponsored by Mathews Real Estate and the 42 Tournament, Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank.

The Washer Pitching Tournament will begin at 12 Noon on Saturday. It is $10 per person to participate and the winner takes the jackpot prize.

The 42 Tournament will start Friday evening. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Tournament begins at 7 p.m. Registration fee is $10 per person/$20 per team.

Finals will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Winner takes the jackpot prize.

All Grill Fest activities will take place at the Rodeo Arena on Highway 7 East rain or shine. We will be under the cover if it is raining. Grill Fest 2019 is Sponsored by Farmers State Bank.Cooking teams from Texas and Louisiana will be competing for $6,500 in prize money this weekend at the Chillin and Grillin Grill Fest at the Shelby County Expo Center and Rodeo Arena on Texas 7 East.

The event kicks off Friday evening when about 20 cooking teams from Texas and Louisiana get started with their smokers. Also on Friday the 42 Tournament is scheduled to get started at 7 p.m.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend and sample tastings of barbecue at cook team stations as well as enjoy all the fun activities.

Grill Fest is presented by Farmers State Bank in conjunction with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. The event is sanctioned by the Lonestar Barbeque Society.

Prize money for the top 50 percent of the cook teams will be awarded in three categories – Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken and Brisket, organizers said. Trophies will be awarded for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. Awards are sponsored by the City of Center.

Organizers said registration for the 42 Tournament is $10 a person or $20 for a team of two. Players may pre-register at the Chamber office or register on-site beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5.

Finals for the 42 Tourney are set to beging at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Expo Center.

Gates open at 10 a.m., Saturday. The Grill Fest is free and open to the public. There will be a Washer Pitching Tournament, 42 Tournament and fun activities for all ages, organizers said.

“Come enjoy the day and sample great barbecue,” they said.

Chamber of Commerce officials said a special “thank you” goes out to all the sponsors who have made this event possible: Farmers State Bank, Pilgrims Pride, Tyson Foods, Shelby Savings Bank, the City of Center, Rapid Payday & Title Loans, Mathews Real Estate, Ace Hardware of East Texas, B&S A/C and Heating, Watson and Sons Funeral Home, 4C Electric, Hughes Florist, Moody Waste Management, H&R Block and Despino’s Tires.