Over the past 50 years of Cowboy Homecomings we’ve had storms threaten the event, but it never had to be canceled much less evacuated.
It is a difficult task to organize an event when the weather is good. Throw in lots of rain and the threat of flooding? Well that makes it even more difficult.
For those who volunteer their time to coordinate any event – you know how much time is spent planning, booking, corresponding, making forms, making presentations and then actually setting up for it. You don’t do it to make a name for yourself – you do it because you love your community/ entity that you support.
These chairmen and committee heads put up with a lot of headaches when everything is going smooth. Dealing with – not one, but TWO – storms coming from opposite directions, can stress out even the most seasoned volunteer. Though the decision to cancel wasn’t made by the chamber, they agreed and understood that it was the right thing to do. The river could have easily risen and posed danger to lives.
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and their co-chairs Brad Mumm and James Strange and everyone involved – sponsors, the City of Pleasanton personnel, Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department, volunteers, entertainers, food and art vendors, BBQers, tractor pullers and attendees – all did their part to try to make it a successful event – but Mother Nature had other ideas.
The way I see it, while it wasn’t a huge money making event this year and people were disappointed, we are still big supporters for the chamber, the homecoming celebration and everyone that is involved. Y’all rock – big time!
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.