Special to the Bulletin

Fans, friends and families are invited to a send-off party, as the Early Longhorns, district champs, advance to the Class 2A, Division I Region I Bi-District Championship game in Abilene Saturday.

The ’Horns (7-3) face Merkel (6-4) at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.

The send-off is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Early High School parking lot. Then, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., fans, friends and families who traveled to the game are invited to a tailgate party at the north end of Shotwell Stadium. Pulled pork barbecue sandwiches are on the menu, and they’ll be served with chips. Just bring chairs and your own drink and be there to cheer the Longhorns on.