It’s a Gap thing

It’s a Gap thing – Septemberfest. And more and more people from far and wide come to enjoy that “Gap Thing.”

As always the all-day “fun, food, and fellowship for the entire family” festivities of the 40th Annual Septemberfest in Cranfills Gap kicked off with a parade Satuday.

The incredible amount of the candy dished out along the short route down Main Street was the real winner of the parade, undoubtedly filling family candy jars for a while, and leaving the kids and adults very happy.

Leading the parade were the color guards Bryce and Blake Barrett – younger brother Brock was ordered to do the candy collecting-, Citizen of the Year Ed Rieser and Grand Marshals the Chadco Construction Crew. Cranfills Gap Septemberfest chose Sabrina Wright as its 2017 Miss Septemberfest. Sabrina a Cranfills Gap High School senior was also in the beginning of the parade. She has helped with Septemberfest in many ways through the years and is always there to help out on the day of the event in any way she can. Miss Septemberfest represents Cranfills Gap in several area parades throughout the summer and fall and will receive a $500 scholarship upon graduation.

Overall winning float was the Bosque River Valley Daughters of the American Revolution trailer with their motorcyclist Vietnam Veteran. Other winners were the Colwick grandkids with a mini police motorcycle, a 1926 Model T pick up driven by Gary and Anita Benzenhoefer and Justice of the Peace Pct 2 Jamie Zander on horseback with his faithful companion Lucy loping alongside. A fixed feature in the parade is also a reunion class; this year it was the class of 1982.

The day’s multitude of offerings included an IBCA-sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off, arts and crafts, booths, homemade goods, family, Gap school reunions, entertainment featuring local and area talent, food vendors, a classic car show, and children’s activities.

At the car show, 56 entries – from early thirties to present day models - shone in their polished up prettiness. Fords and Chevys were especially well represented.represented.CoCo-organizer Raymond Trujillo pointed out a rare 1955 Pontiac. Owners Ray and Linda Kelly are “lost in the 50s,” since this was the car Ray owned when they were dating way back when.

Everybody won a door prize and the top ten cars were named. Mayor’s choice was John Brown’s ’57 Chevy Cameo pick up. Club Choice was G.W. Lanmon’s ’34 Ford.

Many civic organizations had booths and activities in the shade of the city park. There were bounce houses and a kiddie train, but some kiddos just loved playing in the pile of sand in the middle of it all.

The Bosque Museum was present with a booth “Maim the Mammoth,” teaching people the skills of ancient atlatl spear throwing for a donation to the museum.

“It’s dinner,” Coach Eric Vanderbeck said trying to make the participants understand the necessity of good atlatl throwing. “That’s no laughing matter.”

Twenty-three pit crews entered into the cookoff competing in brisket, chicken, ribs and beans. Taking Grand Champion was Angie Pruett a.k.a. Grillin’ Granny. Reserve Champion was Gene Pruett with One Slice at a Time. They took first and second in brisket; Gene took fourth in chicken, Angie took first in ribs and second in beans.

Third place overall went to Kent Johnson with Smokin’ the Night Away.

Very popular with the crowd was the People’s Choice, allowing them to sample a variety of barbecued foods on the festive day and to vote for their favorite. Around 1,900 tickets were sold and the winner was Wendy Lions who offered jalapeno poppers to brisket and everything in between. Lions won ninth place overall in the barbecue competition with her ribs and beans earning the points for her.

Dwayne Turnbo of Steel Smoke had a special strategy regarding the chicken judging – according to him, the uglier the chicken looks, the more likely the judge will be surprised at a good taste and score it higher. The strategy did not work for him Saturday though.

Maybe next time.

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