52nd Annual Cowboy Homecoming/Turn N Burn expects 200 cookersFree Access

Rebecca Pesqueda

These little cuties had fun getting their photo taken at Doc’s Kiddie Corral during last year’s Cowboy Homecoming/Turn N Burn festival. Make plans for this year’s event March 9-10 featuring Koe Wetzel headlining for Saturday night.

Koe Wetzel will perform Saturday night, March 10.

Pitmaker’s Julio Howard (with brisket) gets ready for turn in at last year’s BBQ cook-off at Cowboy Homecoming/Turn N Burn. Photo By George Garza

Staff Writer

Last year, Cowboy Homecoming and Turn N Burn joined together for the first time, bringing thousands of out-of-towners and locals to the Atascosa River Park for the biggest party and cook-off Pleasanton has ever seen. This year, the two huge local events will be coming together for asecond year and will be held Friday and Saturday, March 9-10. As of now, 100 teams have registered to compete in the cook-off and an estimate of 150-200 are expected to register in total for the event. This year’s competition features chicken, ribs and brisket with chicken being judged at 11 a.m., ribs at 1 p.m. and brisket at 3 p.m. The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is expecting to need anywhere between 400-500 judges to determine the best in each category. In order to be a judge, you must be over 18 and sign up that Saturday morning by 10 a.m in the judge’s tent. The Chamber also encourages teams to register now as they need time to place each team in a spot for the day’s event. Teams can still register the week of, but registering before then makes it easier to find each team a spot at the park.

Prize money for the Turn N Burn cook-off is one of the largest payouts in the nation and will be given to the first through fifteenth place in each cook-off category. The top five overall winners will also receive cash prizes. A huge Kids’ Que cook-off will also take place for youngsters ages 4-17, bringing hundreds of youth and their parents to the park for this huge annual event.

This widely supported and honored event includes FREE park entry. Other features also include a carnival, arts and crafts, Little Mr./Miss Cowboy Homecoming, Daddy’s Little Darling, Washer Tournament, Wild Bill Cowboy Gallop 5K/2 Mile Fun Walk, food court, cow patty bingo and the Queen’s Coronation. Nightly dances will also be available both nights featuring Koe Wetzel and the Hill Brothers. The Hill Brothers will perform on Friday and tickets are $10. They are Pleasanton locals. Koe Wetzel will perform on Saturday with LC Rocks opening, tickets are $15. For both nights, tickets are $20. You can purchase tickets at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.

The Kiddie Corral will also be back this year at the park and is FREE for parents and their children ages 2-10. It will be available from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday with lots of fun, games and prizes to be expected. Games include Longhorn Ring Toss, Crayola Corral, Sack Races, Photo Booth and much more. Every child who plays will receive a prize.

Come out to the Little Mr./Miss Cowboy Homecoming on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m. followed by the CH Queen’s Coronation. The parade will be held the following morning at 10 a.m. You can sign up to be a part of the parade by contacting the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce at 830-569-2163 or by email at pleasantoncofc@att.net. Plan to attend this huge, FREE local event March 9-10 with your family and friends.

The Pleasanton Express is very excited for this year’s Cowboy Homecoming/Turn N Burn event and are looking forward to capturing every moment of it in our paper. If you want to be a part of it by advertising, contact us at 830-569-6130 or contact Sue Brown at 830-570-7543. Keep an eye out in future issues of the Pleasanton Express, our social media accounts and our website at pleasantonexpress.com for more details.

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