The annual Mission Arts & Eats Festival and the accompanying Battle of the Brisket State Championship both start Friday at the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center.
The festival features food vendors and arts and crafts vendors, live music and a beer garden this year. It kicks off Friday afternoon and includes a silent auction from 4 to 9 p.m. which will feature items made by city council, staff and the mayor.
Mission Convention and Visitors Bureau Chair Suzie Gibbs said the auction will include several benches and chairs, including one autographed by the public works and police department. A variety of other items have been donated for the auction as well. The auction proceeds go to the Holiday Adoption Fund for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The silent auction will be held outside, but children’s art and other art vendors will be inside the community center. The music Friday night starts at 6:30 p.m. with Charlie and the Stingrays followed by Four Fried Chickens and a Coke at 8:30 p.m. Kids crafts run from 5 to 9 p.m.
The barbecue contest, with a $1,500 top prize, starts at 5 p.m. Friday and ends Saturday noon with awards at 3:15 p.m. Food and art vendors will close at 10 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday also begins with the Rotary pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.