By Lindsay Starr Platt, The Belton Journal
“It was a blast!”
“It was amazing.”
“The festival was awesome.”
Those were the words said over and over again by attendees at the Hayseed Festival this past Saturday at the Bend O the River in Temple.
The weather was perfect and attendees made it an all day affair, as they came armed with lawn chairs and blankets for the annual Hayseed Festival. The all day event was a fundraiser put on by the Temple Jaycees to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas.
Attendees enjoyed visiting vendor booths, horseback riding, food trucks and activities for the kids such as bounce houses, fire truck displays and of course hay. Hay bales were dotted around the festival and were each painted with a different “emoticon”, and were great for “photo ops” and climbing on.
“My favorite part of the day was riding the horses. I got to feed them and ride them,” commented Diane Cruz.
The festival was made possible with the help from major sponsors which included; Don Ringler, Slovacek’s, Birdcreek Roofing, Bourland and Jack Hilliard. Many of the sponsors also set up booths at the festival and had prizes and raffles for attendees to enter and try to win.
“The Hayseed Festival is our annual opportunity to showcase the Jaycees’ involvement with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and the community-at-large,” said Matt Taylor, member, Temple Jaycees and general manager, Dead Fish Grill. “Everything was perfect this year. Great groundwork laid out for a bigger and better fourth annual festival next year.”
One of the biggest draws to the festival was the barbeque cook-off sanctioned by the Central Texas Barbeque Association. In addition to the regular barbeque competition of chicken, ribs and brisket, there was a “Slovacek Sausage Wild Card” During this portion of the barbeque competition, contestants were given Slovacek Sausage from Slovacek’s free of charge. Competitors were allowed to create any recipe, as long as it included the Slovacek Sausage provided. Twenty-one teams entered the barbeque cook-off all helping raise money for the festival.
Another highlight of the festival was the music and it included a line-up from; Steward Mann & The Statesboro Revue, Parker McCollum “The Limestone Kid”, The Colton O’Neill Band and Ashley Bradberry. It was the perfect chance for attendees to listen to up and rising Texas music stars, right here in Central Texas and for free.
“The music was good, some excellent guitarists and an electronic keyboard with organ sound effects, that was really nice,” said food truck vendor, Snofellas.