IF YOU GO
All Shiner Half Moon Holiday events will be at Green-Dickson Municipal Park, 65 County Road 350.
• 3-3:45 p.m.: IBCA container pick up for Friday and Saturday events – Maeker’s BBQ Barn
• 5 p.m.: Mandatory cooks meeting and meat pick up – Maeker’s BBQ Barn; Beer garden opens; Arts and craft vendors open; Food vendors open
• 6 p.m.: Kid’s Cook turn in – Maeker’s BBQ Barn
• 7 p.m.: Giblet rice turn in – Maeker’s BBQ Barn
• 7-7:15 p.m.: Margarita turn in – Maeker’s BBQ Barn
• 8-8:30 p.m.: SCA Steak turn in – Maeker’s BBQ Barn
• 8:45 p.m.: Mandatory IBCA BBQ head cooks’ meeting – main pavilion
• 9 p.m.: Awards for Kid’s Cook-Off, giblet rice, margarita and steak cook-off
• 9:30 p.m.: Damon Curtis and the Nomads perform
• 7:30 a.m.: Half Moon 5K begins
• 9 a.m.: Cookers’ pool team purchase deadline; Parade judging
• 9-9:30 a.m.: Late arrival barbecue container pick-up – Maeker’s BBQ Barn
• 10 a.m.: Parade – downtown Shiner; Jackpot beans turn in – Maeker’s BBQ Barn
• 11:30 a.m.: Barbecue chicken turn in – Maeker’s BBQ Barn
• Noon: Beer garden opens; Arts and craft vendors open; Food vendors open; Washer tournament check in; Kids Fun Zone opens
• 1 p.m.: Washer tournament starts
• 1-3 p.m.: Kids fishing tournament
• 1:30 p.m.: Rib turn in – Maeker’s BBQ Barn
• 2-4 p.m.: Shiner Hobo Band performs – main pavilion
• 3:30 p.m.: Brisket turn in- Maeker’s BBQ Barn; Half Moon Olympics begins
• 4-6 p.m.: Los Kolaches perform
• 5 p.m.: Duck races
• 6 p.m.: Awards for beans, chicken, rib, brisket – main pavilion
• 7-9 p.m.: Barditch Hippies perform
• 9 p.m.: Spoetzl Brewery Fireworks Spectacular
• 9:30 p.m.: The Emotions perform
• Midnight: Park closes
The community of Shiner is getting ready for the 38th annual Half Moon Holidays.
Jane Kalina, the Shiner Chamber of Commerce office manager, said the name of the event is derived from Half Moon, what used to be a settlement near present-day Shiner. In 1887, the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway traveled to the area and built through land owned by Henry B. Shiner; he donated more than 200 acres for a right-of-way and depot, and a town grew around the transportation facilities. The community was called New Half Moon at first, but in 1888, the name was changed to Shiner.
Kalina said the town has gotten together since the early 1900s to celebrate the Fourth of July.
“We’ve had up to 78 parade entries for a parade. It’s kind of an incredible event for a small community,” Kalina said.
Half Moon Holidays is an event that has something for all ages, she said. All events will take place at Green-Dickson Municipal Park.
The International Barbecue Cookers Association Cook-off begins Friday, including the kids cook-off. The kids cook-off will be judged by a panel of kids, Kalina said. The cook-off has also grown to have competitors from outside the Shiner community.
“We now have people come in from Dallas, Houston, Louisiana, and a competitor from even Australia for the cook-off,” Kalina said.
The beer garden, arts and craft vendors and food vendors also open Friday.
Damon Curtis and the Nomads band will also perform at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, the 5K fun run will begin with on-site registration at 6:30 a.m. Those registering on the day of the race will pay a $35 fee, but will not receive a 5K T-shirt, Kalina said. The race will start at 7:30 a.m.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Shiner, and the cook-off will continue throughout Saturday. The beer garden, arts and craft vendors and food vendors will open at noon.
The washer tournament and the kids fishing tournament will also take place in the afternoon. The fishing tournament is open to children of all ages up to 18, Kalina said, and will have prizes for the longest, shortest and heaviest fish. All proceeds will support the Shiner Half Moon 4-H Club.
The Kids Fun Zone, which will feature a petting zoo, an inflatable obstacle course, and bungee jumping, train rides and more, will also open at noon.
The Half Moon Olympics, with competitions such as a balloon toss, sack races, and a tug of war, will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Admission into the Kids Fun Zone is $10 wristband entry; fishing tournament is $10 entry fee; and the Half Moon Olympics is $5.
The Shiner Hobo Band will perform in the afternoon, followed by the Los Kolaches Band, the Barditch Hippies and The Emotions at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the dance, starting at 7 p.m.; 13 and under are free.
The fireworks, sponsored by the Spoetzl Brewery, will begin at 9 p.m.
The Half Moon Holidays will close at midnight.
“Come out for a good time. The weekend will be all about the red, white and blue,” Kalina said.