By LIBBY CLUETT
With spring here, at least according to the calendar, there are many garden, historical and outdoor activities around the corner.
Mark your calendars and plan for some local, uniquely Palo Pinto County (and Parker County) activities.
Whether residents have a green thumb, need their taste buds spiced up or want to exert some energy, here's some of what's in store in April:
• April 5-6, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2399, in Mineral Wells, will host its sixth annual “A Spring Thing Chili Cook-off.”
Participants are encouraged to enter their best: barbecue brisket, pork butt, pork ribs, chicken, pinto beans, dutch oven (main dish, dessert and bread), salsa, ice cream, margarita, bloody mary and Frank Tolbert sanctioned chili. There will be awards for first through fifth place and a silent auction.
The chili cook-off takes place at the VFW Post, located at 1400 S.E. Veterans of Foreign Wars Street, Mineral Wells. For cook-off information, call (940) 452-6374 or (940) 325-1470. For category details, visit www.vfwpost2399.org.
• On April 6, 9 a.m. to noon, the Palo Pinto County Master Gardener's Association will present its “Spring Gardening Workshop” at the County Agrilife Extension office. This group of master gardeners – who know, hands-on, what grows well throughout the county – will address several topics, including drought-tolerant plants, rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation. The cost for the workshop is $10. For more information, call the County Extension Office at (940) 659-1228. The extension office is located at 221 S. 5th Ave. in Palo Pinto. Participants will not only learn valuable gardening information, but will leave with handouts and, possibly, with garden-related door prizes.
• Also on April 6 is the “First Annual Day of Fun” at Mineral Wells High School, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This event is presented by the MWHS Choir Booster Club to help choir students cover expenses, including garment bags, food on trips, uniforms and travel, including performing in New York City this June.