The annual Hot Sulphur Days celebration returned to the streets of Hot Sulphur Springs last weekend as one of the official summer kick off parties.
The festivities Friday night at Town Hall featured a throw together jam with Red Dirt Hill Band a children’s carnival, pie baking contest, silent auction and dancing in the street.
“It’s an annual tradition” commented local Steve Discullio, “and it’s a fun small town thing,”
Christine Lee, one of the organizers of Hot Sulphur Days said “Everyone is welcome, but it’s really to bring our community together. Nothing fancy, just fun.”
Each year, Saturday is the busiest day of the festival and begins with a complimentary pancake breakfast at the fire station served by the Hot Sulphur Springs Parshall Fire District. Some locals took advantage of the free admission at the Pioneer Village Museum before taking to the streets to watch the reenactment of the Texas Charlie Shootout at noon. Texas Charlie was gunned down on the streets of Hot Sulphur Springs in 1884 and to this day no one was charged in that incident.
Following the shootout was the annual small town parade with prizes for best costume, best motorized entry and more. Live music and award winning BBQ at noon along with kids games,pony rides, horseshoe tournament and Bad Water rocked the park until dark as the Saturday Night fireworks display finished off the evening.
“The fireworks are always amazing,” said Sally Discullo “Our local firefighters do a fantastic job and I think they have a little fun putting on the show.”
Sunday morning wrapped up the with a church service in the Town Park courtesy of the Hot Sulphur Springs Community Church. Make sure you save the date for next year and a great way to kick off summer.
According to the Hot Sulphur Days Committee the event brings out about 400 people each year and helps the community come together. Dan Nolan Resident and Committee member, “It’s a chance for the townspeople to learn a little bit about their town, come together and enjoy themselves.” Nolan said the committee members spend several months planning the event each year and they always welcome volunteers and participants. If you want more info you can contact event organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.