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Here comes the 12th Annual Cheeseburger Festival

The Friona Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture welcomes everyone to the 12th Annual Cheeseburger Festival this Saturday, July 15, at the Friona City Park. Come on out and enjoy an afternoon in the park with friends, food and fun. There will be organized teams cooking up cheeseburger creations, the Friona Noon Lions World Famous Fries, vendors and games.

Cheeseburger teams will start setting up at 7 a.m. on Saturday and cheeseburgers will be available to the public at 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Wristbands are $7 and will have four tabs (1/4 burger each tab). The cooking tabs will tear tabs accordingly. This is designed so you can go around and taste up to four different entries. Wristbands are available in advance at the Chamber office at 621 Main or at the park the day of the festival at the gazebo.

Teams will be competing for the top honor of “Best Cheeseburger” and $1,000. Second place will receive $300. Each team will also be competing for the People’s Choice Award. Judging will be based on the Judge’s Choice of the best tasting cheeseburger, which begins at 11 a.m. in the depot.

Cheeseburgers will come in every shape, size, and degree of spiciness. Each team will have a thermometer hanging at their campsite to show how spicy their burger is.

The Chamber is providing 100 % pure beef, buns, cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato and ice but the teams will provide the secret ingredient. Each team will be preparing up to 200 cheeseburgers for the hungry crowd. The beef is supplied by Cargill Meat Solution of Friona. Additional donations of cheese, vegetables, Frisbees, chips, etc. were made by Lowe’s, Dairy Max, Legacy Pump & Irrigation, Ben E. Keith, Miller Paper, Southwest Cheese, Texas Department of Agriculture, Hub City Convenience, Atmos Energy, Texas Beef Council, Republic Services and Brent Loflin.

Help Buttercup raise money to benefit the Action for an Ambulance Fund. Squares are available at the Chamber office for $25 per square. Buttercup will be placed in the Cow Patty Bingo grid to roam around at 11 a.m. and the winner will be named at 3 p.m. If she has not done her business by 3 p.m. the winner will be determined by whatever square her right front leg is in at that time.

Vendors will be in the park during the festival. Vendors can start setting up at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Come by and check out their wares and stay to see the best cheeseburger team crowned at 2 p.m.

Come on out next Saturday, July 15 to the Friona City Park and enjoy the Cheeseburger Capital of Texas Cook-off and Festival.