Back in 1966, Pleasanton held its first Cowboy Homecoming in downtown Pleasanton. The event was to honor the working cowboys and our heritage for being the Birthplace of the Cowboy.
Fast forward 50 years and plans to celebrate the cowboy way are firming up at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce’s helm.
This year’s chairs are Bradd Mumm and James Strange and the festival is returning to the river park once again.
Building from the past and with the help of the City of Pleasanton and the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax grant money, the event is growing and able to bring popular events to festival attendees.
Last year’s tractor pull proved to be a spectator’s dream, and it will be on the schedule again.
Besides the Queen’s coronation and street dance on Thursday, Oct. 22, the Wild Bill Cowboy Gallop (5k run and walk), parade, barbeque cook-off, margarita pour-off, Lil’ Darling contest on Saturday – there will be lots of great entertainment.
On Friday, Gabe Garcia will open for the Norteño super band Intocable. Rounding out the entertainment on Saturday will be Blackhawk, Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Tracy Byrd.
The thrilling bull ride event will start at 5:00 p.m. $5000 has been added to the purse. Some of the riders being featured are Sterling Yancey, Jason Malone and Todd Yarbrough. They will be at the Kick-off Street Dance after the Queen’s coronation in front of Kadobe’s, 205 E. Hunt St. and also at HEB on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.