La Vernia may become the hottest place in the state this weekend, as the Greater La Vernia Parks Foundation’s 10th annual BBQ Cook-off prepares to deliver barbecue and Texas music -- both flaming hot and delicious.
This fund-raiser, set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, has become one of the most-anticipated summer events in the area, drawing crowds from near and far to sample the fare in the IBCA-sanctioned barbecue competition, as well as the chance to rock to some great Texas music.
Teams come from across the Lone Star State to compete to have their secret recipes capture the titles for best barbecued chicken, beef, and ribs. Other attractions -- and there are many -- include the carnival, food booths, arts and crafts, a car show, live fishing pond, and washer and horseshoe tournaments. Find something you can’t live without in the live auction, or try your luck in the “Cow Patty Plop.” Be entertained at the antics of the “South Texas Gunslingers” or just soak up the festive atmosphere and celebrate summer in the La Vernia City Park.
Friday evening, kids can enter the kids’ cook-off. As the heat of the day gives way, the park will heat up again as a local band cooks up its unique Southern Rock and Americana music. The “Daniel Adams Band,” based in Adkins, includes Daniel Nickles on drums and Adam Rehfeld on vocals and lead guitar, joined by electric guitarist Jim Center, and bassist Eric Nickles, who also adds backing vocals. Find out more about the band at www.reverbnation.com or on the band’s Facebook page.
When the cooking competition cools down on Saturday evening, the Texas music will fire up in the park, as the “Clay Wilson Band” takes the stage. This highly energetic band emerged from Texas State University in San Marcos. Featuring Clay Wilson on vocals and acoustic guitar, Andrew Donald on fiddle and keyboard, Tyler Jones on lead guitar and harmony, Cody Clemmons on bass, and Kevin Dunn on drums, the members aim to have fun while playing their music. They continue to build a strong fan base with their CD, “Desperate.” The band has a Facebook page for more information.
Brandon Rhyder will end the entertainment, taking the stage at 10 p.m. Saturday and rocking the La Vernia City Park in the style of his recent release, “Live at Billy Bob’s Texas,” released to great reviews. Fan favorites are perennially part of the band’s playlist, including “Freeze Frame Time,” “Backroads,” and “Let the Good Times Roll.” Find out more at www.brandonrhyder.com.
Proceeds from this event help the Greater La Vernia Parks Foundation continue improvements in the park. To date, the members have landscaped, installed a walking trail, added a playscape and fencing, built a gazebo and butterfly garden, and more, all to provide park amenities for all ages to enjoy.
For more on the foundation, visit www.lvpark.org.