Celebrate Killeen will be here before you know it, so get ready for lots of Free Fun.  Not everything is free but most of it is.

There will be three days of activities April 23-25.  It starts Thursday, April 23, 6 pm, downtown at the Green Avenue Farmers Market. The  Kick Off party starts at 6 pm. Entertainment includes two bands, Pavement Ends and The Voodoo and Moonshine Band.  Vendors will be there, along with food trucks, and kids can ride the miniature train. The Carnival will start at the Community Center.


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On Friday gear up for the Food Truck Challenge which joins the carnival at the Killeen Community Center on Veterans Memorial. You will have to pay for your carnival rides, and your food.   There will be a free family friendly Friday night comedy show at 7 in the amphitheater.


Then the last day is Saturday and everything starts early with the Fallen Heroes 5K at  8 am. KISD is sponsoring a Wellness Fair, complete with free healthy snacks. There will be a car show, step competition, a Kid's Fun Zone, kickball tournament, rock climbing, and local performances. That is all free. The Mighty Thomas Carnival will still be there. Remember, you pay for carnival rides.


You cooks can enter the BBQ cook off.  You need to register now.  There are lots of categories including brisket, chicken, ribs and beans.  Fajitas too.  There is a grand prize of $1,000 cash.  Register and pay your entry fee by April 17. You have questions call Ryan, 254 501 6396.


We do have a while before the actual celebration so I will be reminding you as the days go by.  You can see the full schedule of events right here. That website also links to applications for everything, including food trucks, and vendors.


You think I have time to come up with a BBQ recipe? I expect if I use the HEB fajitas, that's cheating.  I'll keep working on that.


Oh yes, the whole celebration  wraps up Saturday night with a free movie in the park, "Big Hero 6" and a free fireworks show.


Now back to the BBQ Cook-Off, can I use a Microwave?