Fun in the sun: Crowds flock to Sealybration

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Temperatures stayed just shy of triple digits on Saturday, but that didn’t stop residents from packing up their lawn chairs and water bottles to head for the ninth annual Sealybration event at B&PW Park.

The entertainment lineup included country legends Gary P. Nunn and Billy Jo Shaver, but it was Bag of Donuts, which took the stage at 11:30 p.m., that stole the show.

“Everybody flipped out,” said Melanie Willingham, president of the Sealy Community Foundation, which puts on the annual event. “If you were not there, you missed out on an awesome show.”

Organizers say they don’t know how much was raised, but they don’t think heat was a deterrent.

“We had a really good time,” Willingham said. “Our barbecue teams, vendors and softball teams were right on par with what we’ve done in the past. The money will go toward nonprofits and scholarships.”

Vendors lined the streets selling everything from funnel cakes and lemonade to T-shirts and jewelry.

“We had a good crowd at the softball tournament,” said Mark Foster, who helped out at the admissions booth. “Gary P. Nunn and Billy Jo Shaver will be a big draw.”

Willingham said the entertainment did not disappoint.

“We always know that it’s July in Texas and it’s going to be hot,” she said.

TCB took home the first-place trophy in the margarita competition, followed by Square Head Cookers, Spontaneous Combustion and Fired Up. The following winners were named in other categories:

Chef’s Choice

First – Sorry Dogs No. 1

Second – Maw’s

Third – M&M

Reserve – First Class

Beans

First – Square Head Cookers

Second – Sorry Dogs No. 1

Third – Maw’s

Reserve – Fired Up

Brisket

First – Smoking Cans

Second – Get R Done

Third – First Class BBQ

Fourth – Spontaneous Combustion

Fifth – M&M

Sixth – Maw’s

Seventh – Lady M&M

Eighth – Big Horn Cookers

Ninth – Twisted Steel and Sex Appeal

10th – VooDoo Crew

Ribs

First – First Class

Second – Maw’s

Third – Lady M&M

Fourth – Big Horn Cookers

Fifth – 3 Buds Cookers

Sixth – Steel Horse No. 1

Seventh – JC Good Ole Boys

Ninth – Joking and Smoking

10th – Fired Up

Chicken

First – S&P BBQ

Second – Big Horn Cookers

Third – Jokin and Smokin

Fourth – JC Good Ole Boys

Fifth – Fired Up

Sixth – First Class

Seventh – Back Yard Cookers

Eighth – M&M

Ninth – Smokin Donkeys

10th – Glazed and Confused

Champions

Grand Champion – First Class

Reserve Champion – Big Horn Cookers

Showmanship – Steel Horse

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