• Carnival workers take a break from the heat Wednesday afternoon when they were preparing to open at Twin Lakes Thursday. The carnival is a new addition to the TNT Fest event which is set for Saturday.
  • This baby beautiful contestant takes a break during last year’s contest while waiting for the winners to be announced.
  • Last year’s Red, White and Blue Kids Parade featured many patriotic entries who took a cruise around the playground.
  • A Jacksboro player gets ready to release a pitch during the TNT Sizzler Youth Baseball Tournament last year.
  • Elizabeth Pardue leads a pack of runners in last year’s BREAST 5K Fun Run. Last year’s run was a color run. This year’s will kick off TNT Fest with late registration at 9 a.m. and include 10 inflatable obstacles along the course with a 25-foot water slide at the finish.

TNT Fest set for Saturday

Crunch time has hit for Ashley McDonald.

Jacksboro’s tourism coordinator is working with staff and the public on putting the finishing touches together for the Annual TNT (Tournaments ’N Tunes) Fest scheduled Saturday in the areas surrounding Lake Jacksboro. 

“This is crunch week for us, that’s for sure,” MacDonald said. “We’ve got the carnival setting up (Tuesday) and checking out everything tomorrow to make sure it’s a go for this weekend.”

More than 5,000 people are expected to come to town for the NTX Sizzler tournament alone which has players and fans from as far away as West Texas. With the addition of the new carnival, which includes a Ferris wheel and rides for both kids and adults, it should be a load of fun filled activities this weekend.

“People had been asking for a carnival for years, so it should be another awesome experience to enjoy,” MacDonald said.

Another new experience will be Junk Utopia, which will have a number of vintage, junk, boutique and handmade vendors inside the Twin Lakes Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 with admission free for everyone after 3 p.m.

The 5th Annual BREAST Inflatable 5K and fun run, sponsored by Faith Community Hospital, will have late registration at 9 a.m. with the run at 10 a.m. This year will have inflatables throughout the course to go around as well as a 25’ water slide at the end of the course.

FCH Director of Marketing and Development Allie Elenburg said she already has about 120 race entries but the more the merrier. Late registration will be $35 for adults and $25 for children.

A number of tournaments will be going on throughout the day. The Jacksboro Soccer Board will be hosting the sand volleyball tournament this year with registration at 10 a.m. and the first matches starting at 11 a.m.

The 3-on-3 basketball tournament has been moved from inside the activity center to the outdoor court. The Jacksboro Little Dribblers will be sponsoring the always popular event. Registration will begin at 3 and games at 3:30 p.m.

Registration and game times are 3 and 3:30 p.m., respectively for the horseshoe tournament and washer tournament, both sponsored by the Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce.

There will be a number of things to do for folks who just want to sit and watch as well. The Red, White and Blue Kids Parade will begin lining up at 5:45 near the playground area sidewalk with the parade commencing at 6 p.m. All kids up to age 12 are eligible to take part with the donation of one food item to the Jacksboro Community Food Pantry. Preregistration is not necessary.

A Pet Contest is set for the Main Stage at 2 p.m. with costume and talent contests keeping the crowd entertained and the Baby Beautiful Contest kicks off at 5 p.m. at the stage.

A new event this year, sponsored by Jacksboro Newspapers, will be the Pepper Eatin’ Showdown with registration starting at 6 p.m. and the 3-minute contest to see which contestant can eat the most jalapeños will begin at 7 p.m. Prizes of $300, $150 and $50 will be awarded to the first, second and third place contestants. 

What would any event be without music. Three bands will take the stage this year at the event, starting with the Pedro Ramirez Band from 4 to 5 p.m. The Badge 110 Band featuring local officer Ricky Spradlin will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Lights Out is scheduled for 9 p.m. with the fireworks show to get started over the lake for a great vantage point around 9:30 p.m.

MacDonald said a late addition, Hired Guns, will take the stage after the fireworks to close out the evening. MacDonald said the carnival will go on as long as people want to ride the rides.

This year will also see more than double the six food vendors from a year ago. MacDonald said there are vendors selling all sorts of food as well as lemonade and snow cones.

Lawn chairs and the family are encouraged to take part in the event. An information booth will be set up with maps and to help folks throughout the day.

Anyone wishing to buy a festival T-shirt can do so at the event for $15. Christina and Frank Hefner will have their business Tried & True Designs making the shirts on-site this year. Shirts are also available at City Hall prior to the event for anyone who wants one.

Event details can be followed on Facebook at Jacksboro TNT Fest.

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