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Five things to do Labor Day weekend

By camille m. doty/
Aug. 29, 2012 at 3:29 a.m.

If you go

End of Summer Karaoke Contest

WHEN: 8 p.m. ThursdayWHERE: Two Step Dance Hall & Lounge, 4106 Houston Highway, VictoriaFOR MORE INFO: Visit

Victoria Jaycees Labor Day Cook Off

WHEN: Noon Friday WHERE: Special Events area - Riverside Park, Victoria HOW MUCH: Brisket, spare ribs, chicken , $120; Jack Pots - Margaritas, bloody Mary's, beans, desserts, $15 (Up to 4 entries per team)FOR MORE INFO: Visit Victoria Jaycees' Facebook page

Flip Flop Festival 2012

WHEN: Noon-11p.m. SaturdayPerformances: 6 p.m., Parkway Live; 9 p.m. Jack Ingram

WHERE: Bayfront Peninsula, 510 E.. Main St., Port LavacaHow much: $15 presale, $20 at the gate; Free from noon-8 p.m.


Labor Day Car Show

WHEN: 9 a.m. SundayWHERE: Catholic War Veterans Hall, 1007 S. Main St., VictoriaHOW MUCH: $20 registration fee; free for spectatorsFOR MORE INFO: 361-573-0981

Nekkid Armadilla Summer Fest

WHEN: 2-10 p.m. SundayWHERE: Outrigger Grill, 515 Commerce St., PalaciosHOW MUCH: $10, reserved, premium seating; Free, general admissionFOR MORE INFO: Visit

Nekkid Armadilla Bands

Nick Gaitan and The Umbrella Man, HoustonLittle Brave, AustinK Phillips and The Concho Pearls, Austin3 Legged Horse, San AntonioGuadalupe Surfers, EdnaAaron Neubauer, Corpus Christi Fishermen, San AntonioDaniel Thomas Phipps, New BraunfelsSara Johnson, DallasAli Holder, Austin

Flip Flop Festival Schedule of Events

10 a.m. - Horseshoe and washer tournament begins (brought to you by the Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce)Noon - Gates open/vendors, food booths, craft booths, kid's zone, and beer garden No. 1 open; platinum sounds entertainment (Stage 1)1 p.m. - Sign up for fling flong contest and baby suit pageant, Stars and Stripes Cloggers perform (Stage 1)2 p.m. - Baby suit pageant, beach volleyball tournament begins3 p.m. - The Dance Company performs4 p.m. - Fling flong contest, winners of flip flop coloring contest are announced5 p.m. - Crossroad Country Cloggers perform (Stage 1)6 p.m. - Parkway Live performs7 p.m. - VIP tent opens for sponsors8 p.m. - General admission gate opens, beer garden No. 2 opens8:45 p.m. - 102.5 has prize giveaways and announces Jack Ingram9 p.m. - Jack Ingram performsBring lawn chairs, no ice chests allowed

Labor Day weekend is an ideal time to lick your chops and kick up your heels.

But this national holiday means more than just an extended weekend, it's a time to celebrate your hard work. You could choose to stay home, but that's just silly when there are so many activities in the Crossroads.

Whether you want to showcase your cooking or vocal talents, show off your award-winning car, or just drink a cold one while listening to artists in the Texas music scene, there is an activity for you.

No need to cover your eyes or ears at the Nekkid Armadilla Summer Fest, even on a Sunday.

Riff House Radio will host the inaugural festival at the Outrigger Grill in Palacios. Promoter Tim Slusher said the name is deemed to be as tempting as it sounds with musical acts from the region, as well as from Dallas and New Braunfels.

"The name catches people, so we stuck with it," he said.

For those who want to be seen and heard on stage, Two Step Dance Hall & Lounge wants to give you that chance. Sing away your end-of-summer blues at the End of Summer Karaoke Contest. On Thursday, those who dare to grace the stage will have their chance to win a $500 grand prize.

Contestants will be rated on stage presence, singing ability and crowd response.

Flip-flop may not be a great word in politics, but it's all you'll hear in Port Lavaca on Saturday for the Flip Flop Festival 2012.

Houston native Jack Ingram will serve as the headliner for the fun-filled event.

Tina Crow, executive director of Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce, said the award-winning musician is sure to be a crowd pleaser because of his high energy.

"The crowd is going to go wild," she said.



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