Hempstead
Chamber of Commerce


Upcoming events

    • 11 Feb 2019
    • 8 Jan 2029
    • 120 sessions
    • 910 11th St, Hempstead, Texas 77445

    Regular monthly meeting of the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, normally scheduled on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM.

    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • East side of FM 1887 at Main St, Hempstead, Texas, across from the Gazebo Park
    • 10
    Register

    The 2019 Watermelon Festival BBQ Cook-off is sanctioned by the IBCA! See the official IBCA Rules.

    75% Payout in Cash Prizes, plus Trophies awarded in each of Beef Brisket, Pork Spare Ribs, and Chicken categories, in addition to Grand Champion and Reserve.

    Jackpot Margaritas will be held Friday night, with a 50% payout, and Jackpot Beans will be held during the cook-off on Saturday, also with a 50% payout.

    Event Times

    FRIDAY:
    Noon to 5:00 p.m. Check-in
    6:00 p.m. Head Cook's Meeting
    8:00 p.m. Jackpot Margaritas

    SATURDAY:
    10:30 a.m. Jackpot Beans
    12:00 p.m. Chicken turn-in
        2 separate halves, fully jointed chicken (to include breast, wing, thigh and drumstick)
    1:30 p.m. Pork Spare Ribs turn-in
        9 individual cut ribs (bone in), St. Louis Cut acceptable
    3:00 p.m. Beef Brisket
        9 full slices

    For full meat requirements and other details, see the IBCA Rules.  Any changes to the schedule due to the number of entries will be communicated by email prior to the cook-off and at the Head Cook's meeting.

    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 11:59 PM
    • Hempstead Gazebo Park and Hempstead Depot Park

    7/18 THURSDAY

    5:00 PM - ​Carnival Opens, 11th and Main St.

    7/19 FRIDAY

    5:00 PM - Carnival Opens, 11th and Main St.
    6:00 PM - Jr. BBQ Cook-Off, Gazebo Park
    7:00 PM - Street Dance, Depot Park

    7/20 SATURDAY

    9:00 AM

    • Watermelon Festival Parade, Austin St.
    • Quilt Show Starts, City Hall
    • Vendors Open, Downtown

    ​10:30 AM

    • Opening Ceremonies, Gazebo Park
    • Queen Coronation, Gazebo Park
    • Parade Awards, Gazebo Park
    • BBQ Judging Starts, Fire Station

    1:30 PM

    • Watermelon Eating Contest, Gazebo Park
    • Seed Spitting Contest, Gazebo Park

    2:00 PM - ​Watermelon Auction, Gazebo Park
    5:00 PM - BBQ Cook-Off Awards, Depot Park
    8:45 PM - Stop Selling Raffle Tickets
    9:00 PM -12:00 AM - ​​​​Street Dance Depot Park
    9:30 PM - ​Raffle Drawing - Depot Park
    12:00 AM - Shutdown

    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Downtown Hempstead
    Register

    FOOD VENDORS (in Food Court area only):  All food vendors must attend a mandatory meeting on the Friday of the festival at 4 PM at the Hempstead Elementary bus pick-up lot located on FM 1887 just south of the festival area.  You cannot set up until you have been checked in at the Elementary School.  Anyone setting up prior to 4 PM will be asked to move until the appropriate time.

    Booth space is approximately 12' wide x 15' deep.  If you are a returning vendor, you can get your previous space if you register by May 31st.  This excludes any hot food vendor outside of the Food Court area - cooking of food outside of the Food Court will no longer be allowed.

    FOOD VENDORS:  All food that you wish to serve must be listed on the application.

    CRAFT VENDORS:  Items you will be selling must be listed on your application.

    Early check-in is available for food vendors in the Food Court area only at 6:00 PM Friday.  Regular check-in begins at 6:00 AM Saturday.  Booths must be set up by 8:30 AM and remain open until 6:00 PM.  Booths not occupied by 8:00 AM may be reassigned by the Vendor Committee.  If your booth will remain open for the evening entertainment and dance from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM, please note that on your application and you will be placed accordingly.

    Vendor parking will be behind Prosperity Bank and Waller County Appraisal District. No vehicles will be allowed in during the festival operating hours.

    See the Vendor Rules for more information.

    • 20 Jul 2019
    Register

    All levels of sponsorship will receive:

    1. Company name recognition during the event.
    2. Company name / logo displayed on the Watermelon Festival page on the website.
    3. Company name listed in advertising.
    4. Recognition of sponsors during opening ceremonies.
    5. Company name listed on main sponsorship board during festival.

    Availability of sponsorship spots are limited, and are automatically removed from the registration form as they are filled.  Online registrations are guaranteed.  Registrations received by mail or in person are subject to availability until your application is processed.


    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Downtown Hempstead
    Register

    Starting Time: ​8:45 a.m.​ (Approximately 9:00 a.m. downtown). Arrive and be in place by 8:00 a.m. to have entry judged.

    PLEASE READ: Absolutely NO items may be thrown or tossed from parade entries. Failure to comply will result in the entry being pulled from the parade and ineligibility to participate in future parades.

    For all other rules and information, see here.

    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Hempstead
    Register

    Cars will stage on Baker St facing west at Hwy 159 in Hempstead at 8:00 a.m. and depart at 9:00 a.m. to lead the Watermelon Festival Parade. No stop and starts. Cars will be displayed in a protected area from 9 a.m. - till.

    The first 50 cars will receive 1 free lunch.

    FREE registration! 50/50 pot. Cackle Fest.

    Trophies:

    • Top Ten
    • Best of Show
    • People's Choice
    • Best Custom
    • Best Paint
    • Best Traditional / Rat
    • Best Truck
    • Best Muscle / Hot Rod
    • Best Classic Pre-1980
    • Best Vintage Pre-1965
    • Best Antique Pre-1940
    • Best Late Model

    Trophies will be awarded by 1 p.m. Shaded seating along sidewalk.


    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 1400 11th St, Hempstead, TX 77445
    Register

    Be a part of the celebration!  Join the BBQ Cook-off judging, enjoy some great barbecue, and vote for your favorites!

    Who can be a judge?  Anyone!  If you're 18 or older, your opinion matters.  (Must be 21 or older to judge the Jackpot Margaritas.)

    Do I have to be an expert?  You already are!  You like to eat, and you know what you like.  The super friendly head judges will also be there to explain everything, so the judging is fair and fun.

    How much BBQ do I have to eat?  None, actually; you only need to taste.  But most judges will eat as much as they can!

    How long does it last?  Each judging category lasts from an hour to an hour and a half.

    Do I have to judge everything?  Nope!  You can judge just one category (Chicken, Pork Spare Ribs, or Beef Brisket), or two, or all three.  There's also the Jackpot Margaritas and the Jackpot Beans judging.

    July is HOT!  Which is why the judging is indoors!  Enjoy your time in the cool at the Hempstead Fire Station (on 1887 just south of the Watermelon Festival event area).

    When do I show up?  It's very important that you arrive at least 5 minutes before your scheduled judging.  We'll call or text to help you remember, so it's also important that we have your cell number.

    Judging Schedule

    Friday 8:00 PM Jackpot Margaritas

    Saturday:
    10:30 AM
     Jackpot Beans
    12:00 PM Chicken
    1:30 PM Pork Spare Ribs
    3:00 PM Beef Brisket

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Hempstead Chamber of Commerce   910 11th St, Hempstead, TX 77445   979.826.8217   P.O. Box 517, Hempstead, TX 77445

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