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The Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its upcoming busy spring/summer season. The organization will be conducting its annual banquet on April 13, and that will be followed up by two more big events — The D’Town Barbecue and the 4th of July Celebration.

The annual banquet will be held inside the Moore County Community Building and will feature musical entertainment provided by the Dumas High School Jazz Band. The banquet’s theme is “Moore County... the best is yet to come in 2021!”

The Chamber is seeking community input regarding the Farmer/Rancher of the Year,  Outstanding Citizen, Small Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carl Watson says anyone wishing to nominate someone for one of  these awards is encouraged to do so. The recipients will be selected by a commitee that will review all available applicants.

To nominate someone, it is suggested that a nomination letter be written, but please keep the writing to no more than one page.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on March 29. The nominations may be returned in person to the Chamber office at 1901 S. Dumas Ave., faxed to 935-2124 or mailed to Dumas/Moore County Chamber, PO Box 735, Dumas, TX 79029. You may also email nomination letters to doreen@dumaschamber.com.

The Chamber is also welcoming table sponsorships and individual ticket purchases for the upcoming banquet. Individual tickets are $30 each. Table sponsorships are $300 each and that includes eight tickets per table sponsorship.

To find out more about sponsorship or ticket opportunities, please stop by the Chamber office or give them a call at 935-2123. You may also email doreen@dumas chamber.com.

4th of July celebration

As of now, it appears there will be an Independence Day celebration in Dumas. The Chamber is celebrating a milestone for its popular July 4th holiday attraction — the 20th Annual World’s Championship Mud Volleyball Tournament.

The double-elimination tournament will be played on Saturday, July 3 in the mud volleyball pits just off of S. Maddox between the YMCA and Moore County Senior Center.

Sign-up sheets are available at the Chamber office for any teams that wish to go ahead and get signed up for the fun. Teams must have six players and alternates are optional.

The Chamber says play is slated to begin at 8 a.m. (may vary depending on number of teams).

Prizes include $500 for the first place team, $300 for the second place team, $200 for the third place team and $100 for the fourth place team.

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, and the entry fee is $10 per team member, and all players must sign the release form on the back of the sign-up form.

Contact the Chamber office at 935-2123 to find out more about the tournament, or drop by the office on S. Dumas Ave. to register.

D’Town BBQ

According to the Chamber, the D’'Town BBQ Cook-Off takes place in McDade Park and features teams from across the Texas Panhandle and beyond. Averaging 35-40 teams, this IBCA sanctioned and State of Texas recognized cook-off features a variety of meats including brisket, pork shoulder/butt and chicken. There will also be a Kids Q for children to be able to participate in on Friday night. (Entry fees for teams and children apply). There is usually a Cookers Choice category as well. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded at the end of the cook-off on Saturday. For more information on registration, contact the Chamber office at (806) 935-2123.

Entries are being accepted from now until 6:30 p.m. on July 16 for the Kids Q portion of the D’Town BBQ Cook-Off.

The entry fee is $10 per child, and registration forms are available at the Chamber office.

The Kids Q begins with the pick-up of meat at 6:30 p.m. followed by cooking beginning at 7 p.m. Turn-in time is 8:30 p.m.

Dumas Fire Department will be on hand to light the grills. All cooking and prep work must be performed by the entrant. No parents will be allowed in the cooking area, but a parent or guardian must be present for each entrant.

Entrants are asked to bring their own seasonings and small cooker (if they have one) and utensils. The Chamber will have a cooker for the entrant if he/she has not been in Kids Q before.

Judging for the event will be based on appearance, texture and taste. The Kids Q meat will be steaks, which are being furnished by JBS.

The age groups include 6-12 and 13-17 (max of 40 entries accepted). Trophies awarded for first and second place in each age group. To find out more call 935-2123.

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