SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

hosted by the spirit of arnasas Pass to benefit the aransas pass fire department

The 2021 Firefighters Ball and BBQ Cookoff, benefiting the Aransas Pass Fire Department, is scheduled for September 25, 2021. This exciting inaugural event, spearheaded by The Spirit of Aransas Pass, will support the Aransas Pass Fire Department
in its public safety operations, community education and outreach, and first responder training.
BBQ Cook-off Teams will setup on the 24th for more information visit


The APFD currently has twelve firefighters and two chiefs on staff. Last year, the department responded to approximately 750 calls for emergency service. When not responding to emergency calls, APFD firefighters also organize outreach events or visit schools to promote fire safety; offer carseat safety checks; teach CPR courses; and assist on an as-needed basis in a broad variety of community projects, such as COVID vaccination clinics, water distribution during the winter storm and other emergencies, or City Hall clean-ups. As Aransas Pass continues to grow, the Aransas Pass Fire Department continues to step up and meet the community’s needs

2021 Sponsorship Packets

Our local businesses and friends are invited to partner with us for our inaugural fundraising event! We invite you to proudly sponsor this wonderful experience, which will surely become a favorite event
in Aransas Pass this year, and in the future!

Sponsors will be acknowledged for their generosity during the events,
as well as through various media outlets and advertising. 

Your sponsorship will directly impact the community of Aransas Pass, and will ensure the success of this new endeavor.
Your partnership at the groundbreaking level is much appreciated.
Sponsorship Packet Download / Registration Link

Contact: APFD Assistant Chief Nathan Borrego or Assistant Kelly Donnell (361) 758-2086 /


Aransas Pass Fire Department invites VENDORS and FOOD TRUCKS
 to Smokin’ on the Coast “BBQ COOKOFF
on September 25, 2021, Team Setup 8 AM on 24th. Gates open 10 AM-3PM

Limited Spaces Available. 10×10 Vendor Space for $65 Donation to APFD. The Spirit of Aransas Pass is assisting the Aransas Pass Fire Department as we host our first annual BBQ Cookoff and Firefighters’ Ball fundraisers.

The BBQ Cookoff is sanctioned by Champions Barbecue Alliance. Judging will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. Event is open to spectators from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The BBQ competitors may not sell food during the event.
Vendor Information Download / Registration Link

Contact: Andrea Luker (970) 629-9508 or APFD Admin Assistant
 Kelly Donnell at


The Firefighters Ball will be held on Saturday night at the Aransas Pass Civic Center. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal, cash bar, live and silent auctions, and a show by the Chad Cooke Band. Sponsors will receive special recognition that evening. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by a live auction of a limited number of items. Donations for the auction items are also appreciated. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by music and dancing at 9 p.m. For more details contact 361-758-2086 Ext. 2302 |


Four modern-day county crooners from Houston are paving their way in the country music scene. In and out of honkey-tonks all across the US, the Chad Cooke Band delivers three-and-four-part harmonies with a country rock-in-roll edge. Since the release of their debut album, Easy Way Home, in December of 2016, the band’s first single, “Oil Man”, continues to be a fan favorite with over 6 million streams and a music video that has amassed over 10 million views across social platforms. The band set off to Nashville in March of 2018 to record their sophomore album, Risk it All. The first radio single on Texas/Red Dirt Radio at 43 weeks on the chart! Building on the success of “Whatever It Takes”, the following four singles 9 “Life Behind Bars”, “Four Minutes”, “Cowboy’s Cowgirl”, “Bringing Country Back”) all reached #1 on Texas/Red Dirt Radio. The band’s most recent release, “I Wanna Go Out”, is now hitting the radio airwaves and streaming everywhere you listen to music.


The weekend kicks off Friday night, as the barbecue teams gather at the Shrimporee grounds to set up for the BBQ Cookoff. The first annual “Smokin’ on the Coast” barbecue competition will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. Winners will be announced that afternoon. Sponsors will also be recognized. This event will be sanctioned by the Champion Barbecue Alliance, and will include competitors serving up their best brisket, ribs, chicken and pork barbecue. The cookoff on Saturday is open to spectators. Vendors will also be welcome. Registration details can also be found at