The 2nd Annual Summer Fest was held on Saturday, May 19 at the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center. With over 1400 in attendance, the event was hugely successfully and enjoyed by all.
Thirty teams showed up from all over East Texas, including Houston, The Woodlands, and Dallas to help feed the crowds by competing in the Backyard BBQ Competition sponsored by Brookshire Brothers. The competition had four categories: chicken, pork butt, ribs, and brisket. Some of the teams got really creative with their menu items, cooking up specialties like chocolate covered bacon, grilled pineapple, and baked beans. Lots of good-natured fun and laughs were had as competitors tried to get in on the BBQ secrets of the other teams.
The winners of the Backyard BBQ Competition sponsored by Brookshire Brothers were as follows:
Chicken: 1st – gAm 2nd – Who’s Cooking 3rd – Rite One
Pork: 1st – Last Call Cookers 2nd – gAm 3rd – Smokin’ Hot
Brisket: 1st – Rite One 2nd – Can’t Beat Our Meat 3rd – Loggings Backyard BBQ
Ribs: 1st – J Bo’s Smoking Aces 2nd –Smokin with Swag 3rd –Ferrara’s It’s my Job
Summer Fest attendees enjoyed BBQ and beverages as they lounged in lawn chairs and listened to live music. Motorcyclists were in hog heaven, as there was an open motorcycle show and a contest sponsored by the Texas Thunder HOG Chapter. Summer Fest is a family-friendly event and there was something for everyone, including face painting and other activities for the children.
East Texas becoming renowned as a popular location for live music shows, and Summer Fest was no exception. Local and area bands Mondo Domo, Bryan Harkness, Dave Fenley and the Good Deal, and Westbound 21 rocked out for the crowd in anticipation of the main act. Later in the evening, Texas Music legend Robert Earl Keen graced the stage and performed an amazing show.
“The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to once again bring an event like Summer Fest to East Texas,” said Tara Watson-Watkins, Executive Director. “I truly believe that everyone had a wonderful time. We were thrilled to have so many people from out of town come to Lufkin and experience the hospitability of East Texans. We are already looking forward to what next year has in store!”
A massive thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Brookshire Brothers, Polk Oil Co., Yates Media, Townsquare Media, Coca Cola, R&K Distributors Inc., Lufkin Daily News, CityWide Directories LLC, KETK, Fox 30, & KYTX 19. Without our sponsors, Summer Fest would not be possible. Looking forward to seeing everyone next year at Summer Fest 2013!