Roscoe ready to celebrate Spring Fling on Saturday

By Edwin DuncanRoscoe Hard TimesPreparations are now in their final stages for Roscoe’s Spring Fling festival, and once again a large crowd is expected. In addition to the usual street vendors, kids’ bounce houses, free concert, fireworks show and other attractions downtown on Broadway and Cypress Streets, other events will be taking place all day long in various venues.Little League Baseball’s Opening Ceremonies and Games  — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Roscoe Little League’s Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at George Parks Field. After the opening ceremonies and team introductions, Roscoe teams will play one another in head-to-head games that will count as the first official games of the season.  The T-Ball game will pit the Rangers against the Reds, the Midget League game will be the Brewers vs. the Rangers, and in the Freshman game the Padres will face the Rangers.  The concession stand will be open with briskets, drinks, and snacks.The Second Annual Screw Terlingua Chili Cookoff – noon to 3:45 p.m.The Screw Terlingua Chili Cookoff began last year as a fundraiser for Roscoe’s Open Door Day Care Center and was a big success, raising over $600. This year the sponsors hope to do at least as well, if not better.    The Chili Cookoff will take place in the yard of the Lumberyard with contestants setting up there starting at 8 a.m. and beginning cooking at 9 a.m. By noon to 1 p.m. visitors will be able to visit the team sites and sample their chili by buying $1 tasting tickets, with all proceeds going to Open Door Day Care.   This year there will also be a salsa contest as well as two mixed-drink contests: Bloody Mary and Margarita. These may be sampled without tickets, although contributions are encouraged.Judging will take place at 2 p.m. with the announcement of winners and presentation of awards at 3:45 p.m. Plaques will be awarded for first, second and third places as well as a showmanship award in the chili cook-off. Salsa, Bloody Mary and Margarita plaques will go to the winner of each of those events. Application forms for contestants of the 2nd Annual Screw Terlingua Chili Cookoff are available at the Lumberyard and City Hall.  Entry fees for the Chili Cookoff are $25, and $10 each for the Salsa, Bloody Mary and Margarita contests.  For more information, contact City Hall at 325-766-3871 or the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.Alumni Football Games at Plowboy Field – 3-7 p.m.The Plowboy Exes football team will play the Stamford Bulldog Alumni at Plowboy Field in a game starting at 5 p.m.That game will be preceded by another one starting at about 3 p.m., the Hermleigh Cardinals Alumni vs. the Haskell Indians Alumni.The concession stand will be open during the games.Last year, the Plowboy Alumni played the Commerce Alumni in Cowboy Stadium in Arlington and won a thriller in overtime 13-12.Free Concert and Street Dance – 5:30-9:40 p.m.The free concert and street dance “on the bricks” will take place downtown on Cypress Street between the City Hall and Old Town Park. Live music begins at about 5:30 p.m. when The Remains take the stage. They will play for a couple of hours until shortly before the headline act of the evening, Brandon Jenkins and band, takes over.Noted country artist Brandon Jenkins, whose songs “My Feet Don’t Touch the Ground,” “Why Did We Ever Say Goodbye,” “Down in Flames,” “Finger on the Trigger,” and many others are familiar to lovers of the Red Dirt sound. He honed his skills in Stillwater, Okla., with other Red Dirt singers like Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada and Jason Boland. He serves as the other bookend for the Stoney LaRue performance at the Lumberyard last Friday night, which drew a crowd of around 1,500 people.Fireworks Show – 9:40-10 p.m.After some doubts as to whether the fireworks would be available in time, the suppliers have come through, and the fireworks show, organized and run by Robert McBride, will once again be the Grand Finale of the day.After “Spring Fling” – 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.After the fireworks show, those who wish to continue the celebration may do so at the Lumberyard, where country singer Wayne "the Train" Hancock will perform on the outdoor stage. Cover charge is $8.For more information, call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.See more Roscoe news at