The famous Mansfield Pickle Queens have decided parades, paloozas and fairs are not the only events for them. Those redheads in green have had a busy summer getting ready for their inaugural Bling Fling Pickle Prom making its debut on Saturday night at Steven’s Garden & Grill in downtown Mansfield. Money raised at the event will benefit charities in and around Mansfield.
Guests at the prom will be greeted by the impossible-to-miss red-haired Pickle Queens dressed in their green prom-dress-best before they enjoy food and drinks and bid in silent and live auctions – all to the backdrop of great recorded music by a DJ.
“A highlight of the evening will be the chance to be an honorary Pickle Queen or King at the World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade and Palooza on March 17, 2018,” said spokesman Bob Kowalski (husband of Pickle Queen founder Amanda Rogers Kowalski). “So pull out your prom gown or tuxedo -- or find the outfit that you wish you’d worn to your prom -- and hit the dance floor with the Mansfield Pickle Queens, the Pickle Dude, the Pickle Protectors and the rest of the Pickle Posse.”
For those not yet familiar with the Pickle Queens, the group was established in 2012 and is an official chapter of the Sweet Potato queens organization. They produce the St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade and Palooza in Mansfield and have appeared in other local events as well as doing TV and radio appearances. Several pickle-related characters have evolved during the years since the event began including Pickle Dude and the Pickle Protectors.
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Party with the pickle queens from 7-11 p.m. for a $35 admission fee that will benefit Mansfield ISD’s Feed the Kids program, the Pickle Queen Scholarship, the Salvation Army Mayors Challenge, the Lucky Fund at the Mansfield Animal Shelter and Habitat for Humanity. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Purchase tickets at Steven’s Garden & Grill or www.pickleparade.org. Contact Kowalski at 817-988-0104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornhole for a good cause
The first of two charity cornhole tournaments will be hosted by the Junior League of Arlington on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Division Brewing. A second tournament is planned for Aug. 26 at the Legal Draft Beer Company. Both events aim to raise money to support abuse prevention causes in Tarrant County.
“The Junior League of Arlington is excited to be partnering with Division Brewery and Legal Draft Brewing Company to bring back last year’s popular Cornhole Tournament,” said Jamie Burchfield who is in charge of the events. “Teams will be competing in a single elimination tournament with prizes for first place, best team name, and best team spirit.”
Burchfield’s hardworking committee selected two of the areas top breweries as fun venues in Arlington’s bustling downtown that is in the midst of vibrant revitalization. Attendees can enjoy summer fun on the patio with lively games of cornhole as they sip brews and mix and mingle. Team registration is $40 or be a lane sponsor for $100. Commemorative beer glasses for $10 will include a pour of your choice.
“For those who’d rather watch than play, we will have entertainment on hand while you’re cheering for your favorite team,” Burchfield said. “All funds raised supports abuse prevention in Tarrant County. 2016 statistics show that Tarrant County ranks second in the state in confirmed number of child abuse cases. Every dollar raised has the potential to be life changing for women and children in crisis in our community.”
Division Brewing is located at 506 E Main St. and Legal Draft is situated at 500 E. Division. Register a team at www.JLArlington.org. April Pettitt is the Junior League president and can be reached at email@example.com.
“Leveling the Playing Field for Minority & Women-Owned Businesses” is topic of Women’s Alliance Lunch with Leaders
The Women’s Alliance for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce will offer an opportunity for local women in business to get the scoop on how to navigate the construction and service contracting process at an upcoming luncheon on Aug. 1. Guests will also walk away armed with the latest information about Minority and Women Owned Enterprise (MWBE) programs.
A panel discussion will cover the process for procuring construction and professional service contracts with the City of Arlington, public agencies and private companies and tackle the particulars of MWBE Mentor/Protégé programs and construction management programs.
Featured panelists include Reginald Cleveland (City of Arlington MWBE Coordinator), Demetria Bivens (Executive Director of DLB Consultants & National Association of Minority Contractors), and Debbie Hurst (Women’s Business Council – Southwest).
Registration is $15 for Women’s Alliance members and $20 for non-members. The luncheon is at the Chamber of Commerce, 505 E. Border St. at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 1. Sign up at www.ArlingtonTx.com or call the chamber at 817-275-2613.