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April 26, 2014

Gunbarrelritaville is coming

Athens — Gun Barrel City keeps adding to its already popular July Fest.

According to Mickey Rainey, festival organizer, “The  2014 July Fest will be fabulous. We have so many things happening. There will be something for everyone.”

The three-day event will start on Thursday, July 3 and end with concerts and fireworks on Saturday, July 5.

One of the newest adventures at the annual festival is the Margarita contest.

If you think you make the best margarita in town the festival will give you a chance to prove it.

The Gun Barrel City July Fest will host a Gunbarrelritaville Best Margarita Contest during the festival on Friday, July 4.

The contest is open to any 21-years or older. Teams of up to four people must be available to help create their magic margaritas between the hours of 4-6 p.m. on July 4.

The city will provide the Tequila.

According to the official rules, no top shelf ingredients will be allowed. Teams will not be allowed to sell their drinks. However, you can bring signage promoting your margarita.

There will only be 12 teams. If you enjoy Margarita's get your entry form in early.

Rainey said, “Participants will be entered on a first come basis.”

The judging will be open to the public by purchasing a VIP pass for $20. The $20 entitles the person to sample the margaritas and a souvenir Gun Barrel City Margarita glass.  

The winner of Best Presentation will be judged on the team's creativity.

Each team will pay a $30 entry fee. The fee will include four entrance tickets for the four team members.

The winner of the contest will be presented a Best GunBarrelritaville Margarita plaque.

Applications and the official rules for the Margarita Contest can be found at

Applications are due back to the city by June 19.

The festival will include concerts by Casey Donahew, Vanilla Ice, Kadie Lynn and Wesley Pruitt.

Rainey said they continue to add to the festival. Currently she said there is a Battle of the Bands, carnival, car show, 5K Run and fireworks.

“Everyone should continue to check the website. I am updating it daily,” said Rainey.

A complete line-up of events is online now.

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