Memorial Day Weekend: Red White and Blue BBQ

Red White and Blue BBQ Festival benefiting Ruck Up Charities, Inc. Moving Veterans Forward

Event Title:             Red White and Blue BBQ Festival

Benefiting:              Ruck Up Charities, inc. Moving Veterans Forward

When:                     A Three-Day Festival:
* Friday, May 28, 2021: 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
* Saturday, May 29, 2021: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. followed by Michael Shane Band.
* Sunday, May 30, 2021: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Where:                    I-30 Dragway, 5326 FM 1565, Caddo Mills, TX  75135

What:                      Friday: Grudge Match Drag RacesSaturday: BBQ Competition, Live Bands, Fireworks Show
Sunday: Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

Details:                   All three days:
* Family Friendly.
* Food is available for purchase via food trucks, food vendors, concession stands at the racetrack.
* KidZone ($20 per wristband each day), bounce houses, pony rides and more!
* No overall alcohol for sale. One vendor sells wine.
* Booths of items for sale. Pop-up vendors, jewelry, arts and crafts, charity merchandise, BBQ vendors (spices, sauces, accessories, cutting boards, metal works) and more.

Friday, May 28, 2021: Grudge Match Drag Races: This is very competitive. People show up and challenge each other to race.

Saturday, May 29, 2021:  BBQ Competition sanctioned by the Lone Star BBQ Society. Just received certification from Texas State Senator Bob Hall. Now classified as a State Championship BBQ Competition. Public can buy a $20 wristband, taste all competitors’ food and vote for the People’s Choice Award. BBQ competitors registration available via the website. $50 Veteran-Owned Vendor. Must provide VA ID or DD-214 at event or vendor will be charged the extra $100 donation. $175 Competitor Entry. More details on the website.

Live Bands from 10:00 a.m. until midnight/12:00 a.m. includes Michael Castleberry, Jr., Ben Theiring, Brandon Albert, Zadie Sandoval, Dusty, 3 Blocks Away, Hat Trick Texas Band, Down & Out w/Will Kincaid. Michael Shane Band headliner band goes on right after the fireworks show.

Sunday, May 30, 2021:     Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. Pre-Registration is $20. Day of Show: $25.00. Full Class Show. 1st and 2nd Place in each class. $150.00 Cash Prize for (2) Best of Car, (2) Best of Truck, (1) Best Motorcycle. $200 Cash Prize for (1) Club Award.  Pre-register now via the website.

Event Parking:        $25 per carload

Event information:           Check the website at, email or call 469-632-6993.

Sponsors:     Ruck Up Charities Thrift Store, Joe’s Meat Market in Royce City, Texas BBQ Chapter, Zeus Restoration, JNL Design, Big Phil’s BBQ Pits, Bounce 4 Fun Party Rentals, Pool Stop Pools and Spas in Rockwall, Dream Ponies, Sunbelt Rentals, Unique Karz, Southern Saddles Red River.

Media Sponsor:       iHeartMedia/97.1 The Eagle

Beneficiary: 100% of proceeds from all three days benefits Ruck Up Charities, Inc.     

About Ruck Up Charities, Inc. Moving Veterans Forward:

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

Our mission is simple. We help veterans in every aspect of life to help them become a contributing member of society. Whether a new veteran returning from war or a veteran that served 40 years ago, each of these heroes fight their own demons in different ways and deserve to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Visit our website at   

Facebook: @ruckupcharitiesincInstagram: @ruckupcharities


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