What's New at CATSFEST 6

CATS FEST is a 3-day fundraiser - it's true!  But you would never know it because you are having a ton of fun!  We have pretty much a little something for everyone who attends.  Do you like Chili?  We are hosting the 50th Anniversary Men's State Championship Chili Competition. Do you like Craft Beer? This year we present the CATS Craft Beer Experience. Do you like premium cigars?  With the purchase of your ticket alone you will be walking away with a swag bag of about 30 cigars! YES! Now fill in all those gaps with Raffles, Silent Auction, Golf Tournament, Cigar Olympics, Live Music, etc....this is why you forget you're at a fundraiser.

What we don't want you to forget is the reason we are doing this... it's for our Deployed Men and Women in our Military. We do this so we can send them the #1 requested item - premium cigars. These men and women are sitting in the middle of combat zones and in the 45 minutes to an hour that it takes to smoke a premium cigar, it gives them an hour of calm and normalcy - a chance to recharge and refocus... for camaraderie.

What's New

Craft Beer Experience

If you haven't noticed, Craft Beer is one of the most popular festivals out there right now. Of course, CATS FEST is gonna get a piece of the Craft Beer action and boy did we. We have one of the nation's most well-known brands, Dogfish Head, as a Title Sponsor to our 1st Annual Craft Beer Experience. Nothing goes better with a Craft Beer then a good cigar. This experience you won't want to miss.

Silent Auction

We are really excited to add a Silent Auction to this year's CATS Fest.  All proceeds from the auction will go towards Op: CFW. Here are a few basic rules that need to be observed and a sneak peek at just a few of the items up for bid.

Basic Rules:

  1. Hours of Silent Auction - Saturday 11am to 9pm
  2. Payment for items purchased must be made in full on the night of the auction to the cashier.  We take Cash, Debit Card or Credit Card - NO CHECKS. There will be an ATM on site inside the conference center. Please allow 30 minutes after the silent auction bidding has closed before reporting to the cashier.
  3. You do not need to be present at the festival grounds to win a bid but be prepared to be called back to pay for and collect your winning bid on Saturday night.
  4. All sales are final. There will be no exchanges or refunds unless otherwise noted. All items are “as is.” The purchaser must pick up all items the night of the auction, unless special arrangements are made.
  5. The auction item value listed is an estimate of fair market value.

Highlighted Items that will be in this year's Silent Auction:

  • NFL Cowboy's signed Football - #48 Daryl "Moose" Johnston
  • MLB Texas Rangers Tickets (4) 
  • 50" Flat Screen Smart TV & Sound Bar w/sub-woofer
  • Beautiful Patriotic Quilt made by the Granbury Ladies Quilters Guild
  • Humidors, cigars, whiskey, fine wine, tea, one-of-a-kind art pieces
  • There's something for everyone!

Signature Drink Competition

Can you mix a mean drink? Mixologists get ready to mix up your best signature drink.  Festival attendees will share the burden of drinking and judging the best drink in town! Winners will have the name of their drink published in the Visit Granbury website, their name placed on the Granbury Signature Drink Trophy, as well as restaurants and bars will serve said drink all year long.

LadyCATS Lounge

Ladies, are there some of you who are curious about cigars but too shy to ask or too intimidated by cigars, cigar talk or the people smoking them? LadyCATS Lounge is the place you want to visit, or just hang out in. LadyCATS lounge is a place where YOU can be YOU. Learn the ins and outs of smoking a cigar from some of the core LadyCATS. You can smoke a cigar, chat it up with old and new friends. We are here to support you and help educate you in the fine art of smoking a premium cigar...and look good doing it!

This year IS the year of the LadyCATS with swag that can only be for the LadyCATS!  At registration every Lady with a GA or VIP ticket will receive a cigar made just for the LadyCATS by Asylum Cigars, LadyCATS Challenge Coin and a Necklace from Abigail's Treasures. Stop by the lounge on Saturday and receive a special goodie bag. (limited quantities)

CATS Scavenger Crawl

This event is for attendees to learn more about the city of Granbury, its history, the people and the beautiful town square all while having a lot of fun in the process! This will also give the townspeople a way to be part of the festival. No age restrictions.  The scavenger crawl is free to ticket holders of CATS FEST, including the $10 Evening Concert/ Cigar Olympics ticket holders. YOU MUST HAVE INSTAGRAM TO PLAY!

KHITS 95.3 Radio Warriors Golf Tournament

Ladies & Gentleman, it's time to T up. KHITS 95.3 Radio is the Title Sponsor to this event. This is a 2-man scramble format, greens and cart fees included. All entrants get cool swag in their goodie bag (a $75 value) Top team awards will be: hole in one prize, longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin and worst score prize. Mulligan package $20 (1 ball 2 raffle tickets). Shotgun start @ 10:00 am.  $100 Entry Fee

What's Improved

Pre-Registration

Pre-registration has become a party of its own and now we have DJ T Foxxx flying in from New York just to get this party started!  Pre-registration is designed so the attendee can get the bulk of their free swag now so they don’t have to carry it all around with them. We've added a bit of technology to the registration process as well.  Let us know how we did.

VIP Denim and Lace Dinner

The VIP dinner has upped its game and giving the ladies a chance to get dolled up.  Girls get your mani/pedis scheduled!  Pull out that cocktail dress you've been waiting for an excuse to wear - THIS IS IT!  Bring your bling, bring your sparkle and don't forget this is the year of the #LadyCATS! Fellas we haven't forgotten about you. Don your nicest button down and starched jeans as you sit down to a really nice dinner catered by none other than Hard Eight....see we know what you fellas like!  All VIP attendees get a great meal, special VIP swag AND a special gift from the host. 

Cigar Round-Up

There's nothing better than relaxing and smoking one of your favorite cigars but not if you had to pay an arm and a leg for that stick, that's not relaxing!  The Cigar Round-Up is making it easy by giving a special CATS discount on all your favorite brands that will be represented at this year's CATS FEST.  It's automatic!  So round up some of your favorite cigars, then sit back, light one up and have fun!

Chili Cook-Off

Now if you've been to past CATS FESTS you know we have a chili cook-off.  This year we are hosting the 50th Anniversary of Texas Men's State Championship and then some....CASI Chili Beans Competition, East of Dallas POD Chili Cook, Over the top Bloody Mary Men's and Women's Competition, Texas Men's Jr. Championship, People's Choice Open Chili Competition, Christmas In May - Mild Bills Chili Verde Competition, Christmas In May - CASI Red Chili Competition.  If this isn't the Chili Cook-Off to end all Chili Cookoff its dang near close! By the way, we need judges. If you would like to be a judge go to the Volunteer Tab and fill out the form.

Crazy Pizza Party

It's back! But this time without the flooding and tornadoes.  Remember the storms of 2015?  When the rain and storms rolled in, a dam broke near the rodeo grounds flooding the entire area? Tents and canopy's went flying past hotel windows......yes that one! That Sunday there was a concert scheduled, but due to the damage from the storms it was cancelled and people like Tom Lazuka with Asylum Cigars stepped up and purchase kegs of beer, DE bought loads of pizza and cigars and we had a party right in the middle of the host hotel parking lot.  Good times indeed. This pizza party is to commemorate a good time regardless of the weather, good people and great friends.

CATSFEST 6

100% of the profit from this event will be donated directly to the military charity Operation: Cigars for Warriors!

 

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