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Trinity County to see two Independence Day celebrations

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The cities of Trinity and Groveton will hold individual celebrations for the Fourth of July — Trinity’s on Saturday and Groveton’s on Sunday.

Both will have events that will make for a great afternoons.

On July 3, Trinity will host a barbecue cook-off, a car show, games for kids of all ages, music and vendors, culminating with a fireworks show when the sun goes down.

The third annual Car Show, hosted by the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 103 Stadium St. The inaugural Beat the Heat BBQ Cook-Off, being held at the Trinity Community Center, 604 S. Robb St., kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

Organizer Steven Jones said he is actively seeking tasters for the judges. He can be reached at (936) 662-2319

The IBCA-sponsored event boasts a $20,000 guaranteed cash payout for a $250 entry fee. The deadline for entries and payments is July 2.

The also will be games, bouncy houses, music, entertainment and vendors, as well as fireworks.

For information for the cook-off, volunteering to taste or online registration, go to www.cityoftrinity.com, or call Jones at (936) 662-2319 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cook-Off Schedule

Friday, July 2

3-6 p.m. Tray pickup

6 p.m. Head cooks meeting

7 p.m. Chef’s Choice turn-in

8 p.m. Margarita turn-in

Saturday, July 3

10 a.m. Bloody Mary turn-in

11 a.m. Bean turn-in

Noon Chicken turn-in — two (2) separate 1/2 fully jointed chicken halves (to include breast, wing, thigh and drumstick.)

1:30 p.m. Pork spareribs (9 individual pieces)

2:30 p.m. Kid's Que meat pick up

3 p.m. Brisket (9 slices)

3:30 p.m. Kid's Que turn-in

Awards for both Kid's Que and IBCA BBQ time to be determined.

Then on Sunday, the Groveton Lions Club is hosting July 4th celebrations, beginning at 3 p.m. at the "Y" intersection of Highway 287 and State Highway 94.

The annual Trinity County Fourth of July Celebration-Deep East Texas Style will have vendors, food, live music, a classic car show, and a huge fireworks extravaganza.

Everything kicks off with a parade through Groveton at 2 p.m., and gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. 

There is no registration fee for the parade; participants need to be at the Groveton High School stadium parking lot at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The fireworks extravaganza will begin at 9 p.m. 

Sponsors for the event are still welcome, and will be given their name on signs, banners, T-shirts and more.

For more information, contact Rodney Langley at (936) 222-2703.

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