Riverside Smoke Off March 25th & 26th

2nd Annual Riverside Smoke Off

Riverside Park

March 26th & 27th

March brings rodeos, cook offs, Spring Fever and celebrating Texas!  What a great way to celebrate the Lone Star State with the 2nd annual Riverside Smoke Off! 

Cookers can enter 7 categories:  Brisket, Chicken, Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Beans, Dutch Oven Sweet and Best Decorated Site.  Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all categories except best decorated. 

The kids are not left out – we added a Kid’s Cook Ribeye Steak category.  Ages 9 – 12 years and 13 – 17 years.  First place in each age category will win a prize and trophy.  Entry fee is $20.

Cash prizes will be given to 1st place brisket ($1,000) and 2nd ($200); 1st place chicken and ribs ($500 each) and 2nd ($100); Beef Ribs, Beans and Dutch Oven Sweet -  1st place ($100) and 2nd Place ($50).

You have two options for camping and Brisket entry (must enter brisket category): Colorado Cove (water, sewer & electric) - $200 (price includes camp site, 1 RV/Camper and 1 car) or the Wilderness Area (water & electric) - $150 (price includes camp site, 1 RV/Camper and 1 car); Chicken, Beans, Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs and Sweet Dutch Oven are $25 each category.  If you want to enter an additional brisket the entry fee is $100.  You can enter each category multiple times.  You can enter the Best Decorated Site at no charge.  The theme is Texas. 
Flyer with information on the event

Bay City’s Egg Hunt

Le Tulle Park

Good Friday, April 2nd

12 noon – 3 p.m.

The Easter Bunny's feet, Go hop, hop, hop.  With a hop, flop, hop, flop, hop he is coming to visit Bay City’s youngest residents, their families and friends at the City of Bay City’s Annual Egg Hunts on Good Friday, April 2nd, from 12 – 3 p.m. at Le Tulle Park.  All are invited to enjoy an afternoon of egg hunts, photo opportunities, prizes, spring fun and of course, the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny.  

Children up to 10 years old will be able to take part in the City’s now famous `egg scrambles’ for treat filled eggs and extra prizes from the prize booth and free pictures with the Easter Bunny – don’t forget your camera.  This year’s egg scramble schedule will be:

  • Ongoing throughout the event for special needs children
  • Ongoing throughout the event for 3-year-old and younger
  • 12:30 p.m. for 4-year-old
  • 1 p.m. for 5-year-old
  • 1:30 p.m. for 6-year-old
  • 1:45 p.m. for 7-year-old
  • 2 p.m. for 8-year-old
  • 2:15 p.m. for 9-year-old
  • 2:30 p.m. for 10-year-old

Parents should note that each scramble lasts about one minute and is not repeated so children should be at the scramble for their age group on time.

Children with special needs will also be able to join in the fun of the egg scrambles at the “Beeping Bunnies” egg hunt area.  This area will include beeping and talking eggs for children with special needs hidden among the hay. 

When not hunting for eggs, other activities offered throughout the afternoon will include bounce house and moonwalks and small carnival type games.

All egg hunts and event activities will be free and open to the public.   

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Community Market

Yard Sale/Flea Market

Saturday, April 10th

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Spring Cleaning Time!  Clean out the house, garage, etc. and rid yourself of all the stuff! Love yard sales and want to visit several at once?  We have an event for that – the Community Market at the Sports Complex located at 2414 FM 3156 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 10th.  Load in begins at 6 a.m. 

One Man’s junk is another Man’s Treasure. 

What is a Community Market? It is a mix of a yard sale and flea market. 


Grass area                        10’x10’ spot           $10

Pavilion                            10’x10’ spot           $25

Food Trucks                     20’x20’ spot           $25 
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MudBug Madness

Saturday, May 1st  

Riverside Park

Crawfish, Corn Hole and Zydeco music are coming to Riverside Park for our first MudBug Madness Cook Off on Saturday, May 1st. 

The Madness kickoffs Saturday, May 1st with teams competing to be crowned the Best Crawfish in Bay City!  Teams will complete in three categories: traditional boiled crawfish, best crawfish dish (i.e. etouffee, gumbo, etc.) and people’s choice (spectators will be given 3 wooden nickels to vote for the best crawfish.)  Teams can also compete for the Best Decorated Campsite – MudBug Fun.  Campsite will be judged on design, cooking team attire and team spirit. 

At 1 p.m. we will kick off the Corn Hole Tournament and the night will end with a Zydeco concert at the park.  So, put on your feedbag, grab your dancing shoes and join us for MudBug Madness. 



$150 –Traditional Entry – includes 1 campsite for 2 nights & concert for team members (Mandatory Entry)

$75 – additional Traditional entry Crawfish

$25 – Crawfish Dish (not boiled)

No Fee - Decorated Booth

$25/Team – Corn Hole Tournament

$8/Vehicle (up to 5 people) – Spectators – Crawfish tasting & Concert

$8/Vehicle (up to 5 people) - Saturday Night Concert



Traditional Entry                                                                 Crawfish Dish

            1st Place                      $500                                                    1st Place               $200

            2nd & 3rd Place            Trophy                                                2nd & 3rd Place      Trophy

People’s Choice                     Trophy

Corn Hole

            1st Place                      $100

              2nd & 3rd Place   Trophy
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Mother’s Day Concert

Liberty Park

Saturday, May 9th

LoneStar Bluegrass

Concert begins 4 p.m.

Magnificent Outstanding Tender Honorable Extraordinary Remarkable – Mother.  

Grab a chair, picnic blanket, basket and friends and come out to Liberty Park for our 3rd annual Mother’s Day Concert starring LoneStar Bluegrass and celebrate Mom!

What is Bluegrass music?   It is an offshoot of country music that incorporates aspects of blues, jazz and gospel. Its advent is attributed to Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs in the mid-'40s, and its main attributes are three-, four- or five-part vocal harmonies, the dominant sound of the banjo, and instrumental solos from each member of the band within one song. To the not-curious onlooker, it's just "hillbilly music," but that dismissive attitude discounts a new generation of fans, many of whom first heard the music in the Coen brothers' 2000 film O Brother, WhereArt Thou?.  "People who had never paid attention to bluegrass suddenly said, 'Man, that's cool stuff,'” Chris Hirsch – founding member - says.

It’ll be a toe-tapping, make you want to get up and dance time! 

 There is no charge for the concert.

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Cardboard Regatta

Valiant Pool

Saturday, May 15th

Races begin at High Noon

Problem: To build a manned vessel made from the construction of cardboard. It must be maneuverable and stay afloat for 25 yards. 

Solution: Grab a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 of most creative, adventurous and fun-loving friends or family members to participate in this crazy, exciting Cardboard Regatta at Valiant Pool.   Boats can only be made of cardboard. Joints and seams may be glued and/or taped. Duct tape, contact cement, rubber cement, or construction adhesive may be used.  Decorations are encouraged – but cannot aid in floatation.  A great STEM/STEAM team project!  This is a great way to sharpen skills in building and designing boats for the ultimate test in the waters.

Trophies will be given for best decorated boat, best boat design and best EPIC Titanic (sinking) moment.  Trophies will also be awarded for the fastest in the age categories – Youth (12 and under), high school (13 – 18), adult (19 and older) and seasoned (55+).

Lifeguards will be on duty during all races and lifejackets must worn during the race. 

Fee is $10 per team.

Rules and a list of “tips” is on the City of Bay City’s web site under Parks and Recreation Events. 

An event you won’t wanna miss!

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