Cowboy Homecoming plans underway
The “Hottest Festival in Texas” has shrugged one of its monikers and has moved to a cooler time.
Pleasanton’s Cowboy Homecoming, usually held in the hot and humid month of August, will be celebrating its 47th year on October 26 and 27.
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce decided to move the event mainly because of the heat. They also sent a poll to the membership last fall asking their opinion. According to Chamber President Clyde “Chico” Cox, there was a big interest in moving the festival. They are hoping more people will want to volunteer and, of course, attend the event.
The Pleasanton Express also posted a poll online in February asking “The Pleasanton Cowboy Homecoming is planned for the last weekend in October this year. Are you: 1. More likely to attend?, 2. Prefer to have it in August?, or 3. Not sure. Out of 150 votes, 86 people (56 percent) voted for number 1.
With this move, a carnival will once again return to the festival. Magic Valley Rides will set up in the park with a selection of rides and midway.
The chamber also has trademarked “Cowboy Homecoming” a process that took well over a year to accomplish. To preserve the concept of the yearly event, the chamber felt it was necessary to apply for the designation.
The bands who are booked for the evenings are always anticipated by festival attendees and this year’s selections should be crowd pleasers.
On Friday, Mark Sebby, formerly of Pleasanton, will open for Stoney LaRue after the Cowboy Homecoming Queen’s Coronation.
LC Rocks will open for Randy Rogers Band on Saturday.
Registration forms may be downloaded or picked up at the Chamber office. Arts & Crafts, Lil’ Darling Contest, IBCA BBQ Cook-off, Concessions/ Booth/Food Vendor, Parade Entry, Texas Hold ‘Em, Little Mr. and Miss Cowboy are available online at www.pleasantoncofc.com or at the chamber office located at 605 Second Street. For more information, call the Chamber Manager Mystle Williams at 830-569-2163.
Want to be a sponsor? There is a form for that as well. There are six levels of sponsorship. Title Sponsor - $10,000; Platinum Cowboy - $5,000; Gold Star - $2,500; Silver Buckle - $1,000; Bronze Buckout - $500 and Saddle Bronc - $350.
The above forms should be turned into the chamber office or mailed to P.O. Box 153, Pleasanton, TX 78064.
It takes a group of dedicated volunteers to help organize and work Cowboy Homecoming. Co-chairing this year’s celebration are Shauna Garza and Tressy Merrill.
The committees and their chairs are: Advertising – Shauna Garza, Tressy Merrill and Mike Packenius; Arts & Crafts – Christie Gawlik and Sharon LaGrange; ATVs & Fuel – Candace Vrana and Tressy Merrill; Beer & Ice – Daniel Sauceda, Shauna Garza and Tressy Merrill; Chicken Roping – Chico Cox; Cowboy Breakfast – Toby Hill, Eric Otto, Tressy Merrill and Shauna Garza; Daytime Events – Candace Vrana; First Aid – Rita Castillo; Food Vendors – Kellie Vrana; Cowboy Gallop 5K/Fun Walk – Pleasanton Express/ Sue Brown; IBCA Barbecue Cook-off – Adrian Gutierrez; Lil’ Darling Contest – Mystle Williams; Music & Hospitality – Wade McBee; Office Operations/ Temp Workers – Christie Gawlik, Mystle Williams and Tressy Merrill; Parade – Mystle Williams, Tressy Merrill and Shauna Garza; Past Cowboy of the Year – Texas Moore and Tressy Merrill; Queen’s Coronation/Lil’ Mr. & Miss – Tressy Merrill; Sanitation – Eric Otto; Security & Set-up – Jess Kemp/Kelly McBee; Set up & Maintenance – Chico Cox; Sponsorship – Tressy Merrill, Shauna Garza and Mike Packenius; Texas Hold ‘Em – Darrell Garza and Shauna Garza; VIP Party – Claudia Reyes.
Volunteers are needed to help set-up/break down for the event and to check wristbands at the dances. To sign up, call the chamber office at 830-569-2163.