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Kerry Fellows, cooking at the 2014 World s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at NRG Park. In 2013 his team, Across the Track Cook-off Team, took overall Grand Champion.

Saturday night would be a good time to head over to Fredericksburg for their annual night out in old freddy festival. They will have cold beverages, delicious food, goat roping, a “42” domino tourney, a BBQ cook-off, a chili cook-off, Wiener Dog races, and a big dance at night. During the day when it is stinking hot you can head over to the two city pools that will be open to cool down, or you could go to the nearby LBJ State park where there is another pool. Have fun.

MEMEPRIAL DAY WEEKEND AT SOUTH LLANO RIVER STATE PARK

Inks Lake is the place to be this weekend if you are looking for something to do with your kids. There will be free fishing lessons in the morning and then a star party at night. During the heat of the afternoon you can go for a swim.

Plenty of heat and no rain. That is what is heading our way for the weekend and the near future. One way to beat this incessant heat is to go tubing, and this week’s pick is Comal Tubes in New Braunfels. You can rent a tube from them for $20 and they will shuttle you down to the river for a 2.5-3 hour float trip. It is gorgeous and refreshing. Remember not to take any cans on the Comal or you could get a ticket. Just sayin.

This week’s swimming hole pick is the Blue Hole in Wimberley. The City requires that you make a reservation to go there to keep the crowds manageable, and Saturday is all full but there are 76 spots available for Sunday. Sign up soon if you want to go this weekend. Have fun.

Saturday would be an absolutely great time to head over to Inks Lake State Park if you are looking for some activities to entertain your progeny. In the morning there will be a hands-on seining lesson allowing kids to get in the lake to catch and release some water critters. Afterwards there will be free fishing lessons at the park, and park staff will supply the gear for free. When it gets hot in the afternoon you can go jump in the lake to cool down. Later at night they will host a short hike to a star party destination. That or you could go spend all day at the outlet mall. Just sayin.

So this weekend would be a good time to head over to Kerrville when organizers will be holding their annual Kerrfest. This event is designed for family fun and it features a rodeo, a chili and BBQ cook-off, food and drink booths, live music, a Wild West show, and those insatiable, adorable carnies. Have fun.

This coming weekend organizers will be throwing the big Spring Ho festival in Lampasas. They will have a talent contest, a fishing derby for kids, a county fair with Kooky Karnies operating rides traveling at a high velocity, a dance contest, the obligatory arts and crafts booths, a pet parade (put sandals on those paws), a BBQ cook off, a couple of dances on the square, a big parade, washer and horseshoe pitching contests, and the famous kayak races. Something for everyone. During the hot part of the afternoon you can head over to Sulfur Springs Pool and take a dip. Have fun.

If you are thinking about doing something outdoors over the next couple of days be sure to check on the weather before heading out. Strangely enough, there is a chance of rain from now until Sunday and you certainly do not want to be out on the water when a storm blows through. Have fun.

If you are planning on going to a swimming hole over the weekend be sure to take a look at the forecast. There is a fairly good chance of precipitation from Friday through Sunday. Does not look like there will be enough to keep you from going, but best to keep an eye on weather conditions. If you do go you should consider heading over to the beautiful Devil’s Water hole at Inks Lake State Park. That is one of the best places to go in the Hill Country for jumping in the water from a cliff. Have fun.

Here is the schedule for today if you want to do the 4th up right. Head down to Kent Black’s Barbecue in San Marcos for some brisket and ribs starting at 11, afterwards head over to the nature preserve at Crook Park to take a dip in the curiously chilly river, later on head over to Plaza Park for live music, followed by a parade and a children’s costume contest, and then cap the day off with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. in the park. Take that England.

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