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Devilish time planned at ranch saloon
by Gary Kent
May 04, 2012 | 1621 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Get your boots on and pick out your favorite hat for a trip over to Charco Road on Saturday.

It’ll be a great way to show your support for the brave members of the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department.

The Charco Ranch, home of the Devil Woman Saloon, is hosting a Bee Cooking BBQ Cook-off and offering a day of entertainment for the whole family.

The gates, at 5920 Charco Road, will open at 10 a.m. But the chefs and barbecue cooks will probably already be set up, smoking all kinds of meat until it falls off the bone.

One of the organizers, Kries McGuffin, said about 40 teams will be competing in the event.

Entry will be $15 at the gate, and children under 5 will get in free.

Once inside, there will be plenty of activities to entertain the family, like a dunking booth, a moon walk, face painting and some of the best barbecue on the planet.

“This is more of a come out and enjoy the fun event,” McGuffin said. “It’s just hometown family fun.”

There’ll be turkey legs, roasted corn, funnel cakes and lots of popcorn. But no one will want to fill up too soon. Barbecue plates will go on sale beginning at 11 a.m. and going right through 3 p.m. They’ll sell for $10 each, but the plates will be stacked high with good South Texas food.

At 3 p.m. the music starts with the Toman Brothers Band. The cooks will start serving dinner at 8 p.m., and they’ll keep dishing up the meat and trimmings until 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Toman Brothers will play right on until 9 o’clock.

Then the Big Time Band will take to the stage and play until 12:30 Sunday morning.

And the best part is that the proceeds will go to the BVFD.

Fire Chief Donald “Donnie” Morris and Assistant Chiefs Lanny Holland and Bill Burris lead almost 50 volunteers into harm’s way regularly to fight brush, home, business and oil field fires.

The BVFD has been in constant operation since 1905, and it serves a 450-square-mile area around Bee County.

The department also provides mutual aid for all adjacent counties, including Live Oak, Goliad, Kenedy and Refugio counties. They will go even farther if they are needed.

The department has 14 pieces of equipment at its disposal, many of which provide state-of-the-art firefighting capabilities.

The newest truck in the department’s fleet is an impressive, $1 million platform truck capable of taking firefighters 100 feet into the air.

BVFD members also offer training to fire departments all over South Texas, allowing firefighters to earn their certifications.

Anyone seeking additional information on the event may visit www.beefireup.com or call Brenda Hughes at (210) 771-8611, Wanda Polasek at (210) 215-0007 or Kries McGuffin at (830) 279-8590.

“This is the first time Brenda Hughes has opened her ranch to the public,” McGuffin said. But the plan is to make the event an annual celebration.

“There have been so many people that have worked so hard on this,” McGuffin said. “We’re just glad that we can help the fire department.

The gate to the ranch is 2.2 miles east of the U.S. Highway 181 Bypass on the south side of the Charco Road (FM 3355).

“We’ll have balloons and banners out there so people can find the place,” McGuffin said.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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