FunFest, BBQ Shootout returns May 5-6

A growing tradition in Cameron will return to Ledbetter Park on May 5 and 6.

The Cameron FunFest and BBQ Shootout will offer the community a weekend of fun events.

The event is in its fourth year and this year will feature more than 60 cook-off teams from as far away as Waller and the Austin area. The Grand Champion of the cook-off will get an invitation to the Kansas City Royal – the biggest cook-off in the country. 

Cook-off events will begin Friday night with events for margaritas, salsa, and chili. There will be live music throughout the cook-off areas and a bounce house area with 25 inflatables for the kids to enjoy.

Saturday morning will kick off with the Beer and Brat Trot 5K at 8 a.m. You can register at or register the morning of the event. A Root Beer and Hot Dog Trot 1K will be offered for the kids. Prizes for largest group, wildest costumes and overall winners will be awarded.

At 9 a.m. a free Kid Fish will be offered in Ledbetter Lake by the Texas Parks and Wildlife. Kids can enjoy fishing with poles and bait provided. That will last all morning.

There will also be arts and crafts vendors and food vendors beginning at 9 a.m. A car show will kick off at 10 a.m. A horseshoe and washer tournament will be held in the afternoon with awards for the BBQ Cook-off at 5:30 p.m.

There will be over $5,000 in prizes for the cook-off. Categories include ribs, chicken, brisket and an exotic category.

At 7 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage Texas Country artist Michael Carrubelli will open for the Vegas Stars. The concert is free and open to the public. Everything will wrap up about midnight.