By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Groveton Lions Club once again offers a celebration for the nation’s independence.
The annual Fourth of July Celebration will be held on Monday, July 4, at the Y.
The annual parade starts at 2 p.m. with lineup starting at 1 p.m. in the High School Football Stadium parking lot.
Prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded to entries with the most patriotic theme.
Gates at the park open at 3 p.m., just after the Fourth of July Parade that winds through downtown Groveton. There will be games for all ages, and there will be vendors on hand for your eating and drinking.
For information, contact David Robison at Groveton EMS.
The city of Trinity will host not one but twos Beat the Heat cook-offs in conjunction with its July 4 celebration.
This events are scheduled for July 2-3.
This cook-off is IBCA sanctioned and will follow IBCA rules, and will be held at the Trinity Community Center, 604 S. Robb St.
Entry fee for each day’s cook-off is $250; there will be cash payouts for first through 15th places in all three IBCA meat categories.
Grand champions will receive $750, and $500 for reserve champions. Payouts for first are $725 and drop $50 for each subsequent placing. A $20,000 cash payout is guaranteed in each cook, and there will be a payout also overall grand and reserve champions for the doubleheader event.
As well as the competition, there will be side events, including Chef’s Choice and margaritas on July 1 and beans and Bloody Marys on July 2. Both events have a $25 entry fee and boast and 80 percent payout.
Also, there will be a junior competition on Saturday, and the fireworks show will be on Saturday at dusk.
Food and merchandise vendors will be on hand.
Teams are welcome to set up starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, and stay through Tuesday, July 5.
For information, call (936) 594-2507 or visit cityoftrinity.com.