BANGS — The 19th annual Bangs Mayfest takes place Friday and Saturday with a schedule full of fun activities for people of all ages. The main events will be held on Saturday in the Bangs City Park, located at the corner of Fitzgerald and Fourth Street.
Mayfest kicks off at 11 a.m. Friday at the Methodist Church, which will be offering take out and delivery enchilada plate lunches.
A new event to Mayfest makes its debut with the first annual Flamin’ BBQ Cook-off. Arrival and preparation for the cook-off begins at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Community Center parking lot.
The cook-off will benefit the Bangs Museum. The BBQ Cook-off’s bean competitors must turn in dishes at 11 a.m., cook-off chicken is to be turned in at noon, pork ribs are due by 1 p.m. and brisket entries must be turned in at 2 p.m. — all on Saturday. The awards for the cook-off will be given at 4 p.m.
Friday will conclude with the 'Mayfest's Got Talent Show' in the Bangs High School Auditorium. The talent show will begin at 6 p.m. Competitors will be divided into three different age categories. These categories include kids ages 3-7, pre-teen ages 8-12, teen ages 13-17 and adults ages 18 and older.
Performance styles will include vocal, dance, instrumental and other and additional categories include solo, duet and group. This will be the first year there will be no judges to determine the winners. The winners will be chosen based on audience applause at the end of each category.
Saturday morning’s events include the First Baptist Church (FBC) breakfast from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Bangs citywide garage sales begin at 8 a.m. Many of these sales will conveniently be located under FBC’s roof.
At 9 a.m., all Mayfest activities in the park will begin, including registration for the Mayfest Car Show, which will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Registration will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and awards will be given from 2-3 p.m.
The Mayfest Parade’s lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the School Bus Barns on Gantt Street. At 10 a.m., the Bangs Business Association Mayfest Parade will commence, which will include a color guard detail from the 111th Engineer Battalion at Camp Bowie, the Bangs Dragons Marching Band and more. The Mayfest Parade Grand Marshal will be Billy Jack Rankin.
Also at 10 a.m., Music Under the Pavilion will begin, which will continue until 4 p.m. Performers will include West Texas Hazbins from 10-11 a.m. The Bangs Musical Group will be from 11 until noon. George Allison will perform from noon until 1 p.m. Kitchen Sink is scheduled to perform from 1-2 p.m. Martin Bates and Janie Stein will perform from 2-3 p.m., and the Bangs High School Jazz Band will perform from 3-4 p.m.
The Methodist Church will host an enchilada lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Activity Center. At 11:30 a.m., FBC will host a nacho lunch.
The washer pitching contest will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the lot across the street by the car show. The ice-cream eating contest will begin at 2 p.m. under the small pavilion by the information booth. At 3 p.m. a water balloon tossing contest will begin. All three competitions have a $3 entry fee. Each competition will have two age divisions — the 12 and under and the 13 and up. Prizes will be awarded to first and second places in each division.
There will be several vendors featuring handmade crafts set up at Mayfest and other activities including pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, silent auctions, a rock climbing wall, inflatable boxing ring, air slide and more.
Parking will be available on Kyle Street and there will be a free shuttle to the park which is handicap equipped.
Mayfest will conclude with a street dance held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in downtown Bangs which will benefit the Bangs Museum. Headlining the dance will be the Zack Edwards Band and special guests Four Barrel. Cost of admission is $10 per person and children 5 years of age and younger are free.
The dance is a bring your own beer event and a cooler charged will not be assessed. Glass bottles are prohibited from the dance and volunteers will be on hand to check coolers as attendees pay admission. Concession items will be available during the event.
For additional information, visit www.bangsmayfest.com or the Bangs Mayfest page on Facebook. Both sites also contain the entry forms and required paperwork for competitions and for vendors.