Contestants will display speed and strength in Outrageous Outhouse Race

March 13, 2013

It’s not every day that outhouses are pushed frantically around the square. But it does happen once a year.

The Outrageous Outhouse Race is a long-standing tradition at General Granbury’s Birthday Party. The 35th annual outdoor festival takes place this weekend on the square.

Several rookie entries will be competing with a two-time winner in the outhouse race Saturday afternoon at 3.

Jim Bernier has a returning entry in the outhouse race. His team includes his daughter and son-in-law Julie and Tommy Tompkins and family friend Jon Thomas.

Bernier said the team’s outhouse was built several years ago.

“It’s won two races,” he stated with pride. “The trophy is the best one that Granbury gives out. It’s complete with an outhouse on top.”

The D’Vine Wine team will be led by Diane Hedges and Josh Winters, both owners of the wine shop, and employees Jon Walker and Jade Chauvin.

“We’ve never been in the race before. I think we better practice,” Hedges said with a smile. “We have the engineers at G-Force building an outhouse for us that looks like a wine bottle.

“I can’t reveal any more about it, except to say there will be some surprises in store.”

Hedges said the team line-up could change as the event nears. “We just want to make it fun.”

At enVision Creative, owner Amy Klemer will lean heavily on the experience of team member Stevo Torres.

“He’s been in the race before, and he kind of talked us in to doing it,” Klemer said.

Megan Thomas rounds out the three-person team.

“We purchased the frame for our outhouse at the Rickie Pratt yard sale. I can’t tell you about our design. It’s top secret,” Klemer said with a wink. “I can only say that it will be something very creative.”

Mike Gilbert, owner of Gilbert Environmental, knows a thing or two about the porta potty – it’s his business. But as far as an outhouse – not so much.

“We’re still trying to put something together,” Gilbert said of the race. I know we’ll be using some heavy duty wheels.”

Gilbert is not sure if this will be a first-time entry. “My wife says we did the race years ago. But I don’t remember it.”

Maybe there’s a reason for that.

General Granbury activities run all day Saturday and Sunday with vendor booths open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Bean tastings, barbecued ribs and brisket are featured at the festival.

For more information call the Historic Granbury Merchants Association at 817-573-5299.

[email protected] | 817-573-7066, ext. 255

Saturday, March 16

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Arts and crafts, food vendors open.

10 a.m. Opening ceremonies on stage.

10:15 a.m. Birthday cake cutting next to stage.

11 a.m. Granbury Cloggers perform.

Noon General Granbury’s Founders Day Parade.

Noon -3 p.m. Beans and ribs cook-off, People’s Choice beans tastings.

1 p.m. Beans and ribs cook-off judging next to stage.

1 p.m. Bean eating contest on stage.

2 p.m. Westbound Band performs.

3 p.m. Outrageous Outhouse Race around the square.

4 p.m. Beans and ribs cook-off awards on stage.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. DW Blues Band performs on stage.

Sunday, March 17

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Arts and crafts, food vendors open.

Noon Benay Dennis and the No Names performs on stage.

Noon – 3 p.m. Brisket cook-off, People’s Choice brisket tastings.

1:30 p.m. Decorated Trikes and Bike Parade on Crockett Street – Theme “Happy Birthday.”

2 p.m. Jade Flores performs on stage.

3:30 – 5 p.m. Crissy Harrold performs on stage.

4 p.m. Brisket cook-off awards on stage.

All events take place around the Historic Granbury Square.

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