It was a hot day, but workers and visitors at the TNT Fest Saturday were able to pace themselves and enjoy the festivities. Faces were sometimes not recognized because of sunglasses and hats, but golf carts saved steps and workers from the Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce and City of Jacksboro pulled off a great event. Officers from the non-profit organizations did their part to coordinate the various tournaments and contests, and families had fun participating.
Starting off the day were contests in fishing, 3-on-3 basketball, horseshoes, 42, and a triathlon. Vendors were setting up their booths near the Jack County Fair Barn and the stage was being decorated. Later, there were canoe races, rides in the Monster trucks and speed boat demonstrations.
Contests were held for the cutest children in the Cool Kid Contest hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters. The director, Christine Cabanillas gave out toys donated by Toys4Tots. Everyone was happy. Then, the best looking pets were honored and the most talented pet returned to do tricks. A pet photo contest was held and the Friends of the Jacksboro Animal Shelter had a booth and silent auction.
During the day, lots of lemonade was sold, along with hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, funnel cakes, sno cones and homemade dipped corn dogs. A bull was available to ride, amusing all ages, along with pony rides and bounce houses. A dunking booth kept some participants cool.
The Crankoff was hosted by the Jack County Museum and there was a friendly dispute about the winner.
Frances Easter cranked out a unique flavor called Maple Bacon Brittle which beat last year's winner, Kathy Garner, and her entry this year, Apple Pie was rigged. Easter took away a White Mountain ice cream freezer donated by Nash Hardware.
They dished out the ice cream the rest of the afternoon for donations.
The Rolling Red, White and Blue parade had many different entries, including a beautifully decorated white pony. Entries were down this year, but the kids skated, triked and biked around the sidewalk at the park and spectators enjoyed the parade.
The Miss TNT contest for the older girls had six entries and Caitlin Fudge walked away the winner of a scholarship.
A gospel band entertained in the afternoon and the Jamie Richards Band performed for the dance and fireworks.
Pictures of some of the happenings are on the back page of this issue and more pictures of all the winners will be featured in Friday's Herald.