BRAZORIA — Slipping on slides and soaking in cold, refreshing water, residents at the 35th annual No Name Festival found comfort from the blazing summer heat.
With food vendors, a hamburger cook-off, washer tournament, water activities, barbecue and the fire department showing off equipment for excited children, the No Name Festival had all kinds of community entertainment options, Brazoria Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ashley Lancaster said.
The event is organized each year by the chamber.
Residents turned out in high numbers and a reason for that is this year’s new addition of the water activities, Lancaster said.
“We normally have an actual carnival, but this year we decided to do the water slides because we wanted it to be more affordable,” she said.
That decision worked out given the humid summer heat, Lancaster said.
“It’s a lot better because of how hot it is,” she said.
The big draw of the festival is the smoky barbecue, however, Lancaster said.
“Our cook-off is what keeps us going,” she said.
Cooking teams have annually participated in the cooking side of the festival for all 35 years, Lancaster said.
“We have people that have been here from the beginning,” she said.
Despite the muddy, wet grounds, cooking teams were sizzling savory meats and she is appreciative of all their hard work, Lancaster said.
“It’s just something that they love to do and we love to do it for them,” she said.
For the 35th year, cooker Donald Cook and his team “KinFolk Cookers” competed in the barbecue contest.
It was the team’s 35th annual appearance at the festival, Cook said.
Cook began participating in the contest when he started helping his father out for the first couple years, he said.
They then started their own team, Cook said. The team’s name is due to the family spirit because the team members are all related by either blood or marriage, he said.
He stays involved because of his admiration for the community and because it’s a tradition now, he said.
“We just do it,” he said. “It’s a family tradition.”
That family-type love is the whole message of the festival, Lancaster said.
“Have fun,” she said. “Just come out and enjoy it. I just want the kids to come out and have fun.”
Residents in Brazoria do not have to venture to Houston or Pearland to have a fun-filled time with their friends and family, Lancaster said.
“Just come and see what we have throughout the community,” she said.