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Fire & Rescue event Saturday

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Games, firefighting skills competitions and a barbecue and chili cookoff sponsored by the Lone Star Barbecue Society will be among the attractions offered by Bandera Fire & Rescue’s annual Firehouse Challenge, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Mansfield Park outside of Bandera.

The event not only promises to provide fun activities for those who take part in it, it also allows the community to show its support for the fire and rescue team supported by the City of Bandera. Bandera Fire Chief Max Konz said it’s the department’s largest single fundraiser outside of the donation drive it mounts each year through letters to supporters.

Raffles for gift certificates, gift baskets and other goods and services donated by area merchants also will be part of the event.

Barbecue plates will be sold beginning at about 11 a.m. for $10 a person.

Visitors also will get the opportunity to see which teams make the best barbecue, chili, beans, Bloody Mary cocktails and margaritas at the cookoff. It offers a $5,000 payout to winning teams.

Firefighting teams from VFDs within and outside of Bandera County have been invited to take part in the skills challenges.

A hose rolling and dummy dragging competition will be among the challenges those teams will take part in. Pumper races seeing which teams can get water lines hooked up and flowing from their pumpers the fastest also will be part of the friendly contests.

Games for adults like a washer tossing contest, and activities for children, including a bouncy house, will be part of the day’s agenda. Firefighting equipment also will be on hand for visitors to examine.

“We think everybody will have a good time,” Konz said about this year’s challenge, which will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Mansfield Park is located at 2886 Highway 16 North.