Hot Sulphur Days fills the streets with sense of community |

Hot Sulphur Days fills the streets with sense of community

The annual celebration of Hot Sulphur Days starts next Friday night with several evening festivities, followed by two days of fun for the entire family.

Patrons and residents are set to once again enter the town’s annual pie contest starting at 5 p.m., with the fruits of their labors (and the plates they’re on) to be auctioned off at town hall, with a silent auction also scheduled. Judging will begin at 5:30 p.m. with pies auctioned off at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds go into bringing the event back each year and a portion of the funds are donated toward youth programs in the town.

The evening is rounded out with live entertainment and dancing in the streets. The starlight carnival starts at 6 p.m. with local band 3rd Time Lucky. Coronation of the Hot Sulphur Days queen and attendant takes place at 6:45 p.m.

On Saturday morning, residents will wake up to the smell of fresh flapjacks as the Hot Sulphur Springs fire station hosts the annual pancake breakfast 8 to 10:30 a.m.

A traditional parade starts a little after noon. The parade usually features a casket procession of the infamous gunslinger and troublemaker Texas Charlie. It follows a route through town park on Cedar Avenue and winds down Spring, Nevava, Aspen and down Grand Avenue. Parade registration and line-up is at noon on Cedar Avenue at the town park.

Preceding the parade, Texas Charlie will meet his demise at the annual gunfight re-enactment just south of the town hall in downtown Hot Sulphur Springs (11:30 a.m. at the corner of Aspen and Grand).

Throughout the day, guests will be invited to join in the annual Hunter Horseshoe Tournament west of the town tennis courts, a “Duck Soaker” duck race down a portion of the Colorado River at the Pioneer Park bridge starting at 3 p.m. (ducks are $5, three for $10 – first prize is $100), children’s games in the baseball fields starting at 10:30 a.m., Little League baseball at 9 a.m., a car show and contest on Cedar Avenue south of the tennis courts after the parade (registration is 11 a.m.), and a barbecue sponsored by the Hot Sulphur Springs Community Church at the town park starting at 12:30 p.m.

There’s also a Frisbee golf tournament with a multitude of prizes (registration is at 1

p.m. at Pioneer Park – follow signs to the first tee box – $10, par 55), an adult tennis challenge and three-on-three basketball tournament at 1 p.m., volleyball tournament with registration at 3:30 p.m., an awards ceremony at 8:30 p.m. at the town park, fireworks at dusk at the town park, and a variety of vendors will be set up in the park 10 a.m. to sundown.

The Grand Arts Council and local New Orleans-style jazz and blues pianist Brad Pregeant present a free Concert in the Park 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a concert by classical metal musician Rochalle Rooks 3 to 6 p.m., and local guitarist Bill Schade and his band Midnight Special, starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule includes non-denominational church services in the park led by Pastor Brent Christian of the HSS Community Church starting at 10:15 a.m., potluck lunch and softball game in the town park at 1 p.m. (part of a four-game series which started Memorial Day and finishes on Labor Day), with vendors scheduled 1 to 6 p.m.

There are several places to stay at in the town and people are invited to come down Friday so they can enjoy all the weekend’s festivities.

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