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Idle hands and all that

Friday, June 29, 2018

We had a full-on shindig in Spur last weekend to benefit the Spur Swimming Pool Fund. The first annual Big Dog Barbecue Cook-off was held in Swenson Park on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23. The International Barbeque Cookers Association– sanctioned event coincided with the first tiny house tour in the tiny house capital of America. Other events included a horseshoe tournament, a 5K color run, a carne asada fajita competition, a jackpot beans competition and even a cook-off for the kids.

This event was a resounding success. 28 teams of between two and four people each vied for best barbecue honors in five categories; two dozen runner took color in the face for a good cause; the horseshoe teams tried not to take anyone’s head off; 114 people bought tickets to tour seven tiny homes. Swenson Park was packed with RVs, grilling rigs and revelers. Spur received much needed regional press coverage from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and the Abilene Reporter-News, with hometown newspaper, The Texas Spur, providing media sponsorship and free advertising. Pulling off a successful shindig is hard work, so hats off to Spur Pool Fundraiser Committee Chairwoman Tonya Givens, who probably had to herd cats, and kudos to her cohorts in cahoots on the committee, Betsy Arnold, Louise Jones, Darla Thomason and Jan Worsham. The Spur swimming pool is a Works Progress Administration (WPA) jewel that deserves saving.


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