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Cheeseburger festival ranked #8

Friona’s designation as the “The Cheeseburger Capital of Texas” got a boost this week from the online rating site OnlyinYourState.com. The site ranked the top ten fairs and festivals that must be attended. The Texas Cheeseburger Cook-off was ranked number 8.

Plans for the 10th Annual Texas Cheeseburger Cook-off are already in the works for Saturday, July 18, 2015. Space is limited to the first 20 paid in advance teams. Entry fee is $100, which includes meat, cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, buns and ice. Deadline for signing up is Friday, July 10, 2015. All entries must be received by 3 p.m. on July 10 to ensure beef supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions of Friona.

Teams must set up at 7 a.m. the day of the contest. An orientation, rules and safety presentation will be given at 8 a.m. Judging begins at 11 a.m. with burgers going on sale to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First and second place prizes will be determined by judges with cash prizes of $1,000 and $300. A People’s Choice Award will also be given as well as a prize for Cutest Campsite.

For more information, contact the Friona Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at fedc@wtrt.net or (806) 250-3491

The 2015 Minute Men Car and Bike Show will also be held during the annual cook-off. Entry fees are $40 before July 1 and $50 after July 1. All of the car show proceeds will go to benefit the Friona Volunteer Fire Department. All entry fees are considered donations and are non-refundable.

Categories for the car show include: Classics (pre-1990), Classic modified, Late model (post-1990), Late model modified, sport and cruiser bikes.

Prizes/trophies will be awarded along with Fireman’s Choice (best overall). First place per class will be awarded free entry the following year.

Lineup begins at 9 a.m. with judging at 1 p.m. All entries are to report to the Friona Fire Station on Main Street for registration and parking instructions.

For more information on the car show, contact Riley Rector at (806) 928-1123 or Shannon Reed (575) 309-7955.

Vendors are encouraged to participate in the Cheeseburger Festival. Vendor fees are $30 for 10X10 ft. spaces and $60 for 10X20 ft. spaces. No meat vendors please, however all other food vendors are welcome. Vendors must remember this is a family event and to keep novelties, etc. geared toward families. For forms and more information, contact the Chamber at (806) 250-3491.