Cowboy Homecoming/Turn N Burn bring the heat this year; Guerra twins crowned queensFree Access

Traci, Archie and Walker Donaho’s team Fire and Smoke won Grand Champions of at the 52nd Cowboy Homecoming/Turn N Burn BBQ Cook-off. Helping to celebrate are the Cowboy Homecoming Court. from left, Princess Bailey Lopez, Princess Megan Huizar, Queen Aubrey Guerra, the Donaho family, Queen Amber Guerra and Princess Bobbie Rice. The Donaho’s also won 1st Place in the Brisket category during the two day event held March 9-10 at the Pleasanton Riverpark. More BBQ results will be included in next week’s issue.

Crowned and honored at the the coronation Friday, March 9 were the Cowboy Homecoming Court and Little Mr. and Miss Cowboy Homecoming. Left to right, front, are Little Miss Cowboy Homecoming Carlie Christine Mejia and Little Mr. Cowboy Homecoming Jakub James Swick. They will help the court represent Pleasanton at various parades in the area. Queens, twins Aubrey and Amber Guerra (center), were crowned by 2017 Queen Abigail Ortiz. Princesses, from left, are Perri Alexander, Megan Huizar, Bailey Lopez and Bobbie Rice.

Rebecca Pesqueda

Staff Writer

After months of cold, rainy weather, Friday and Saturday saw a glimpse of what spring can bring to the south; hot, dry weather. And just in time for this year’s 52nd Cowboy Homecoming and Turn N Burn Cook Off event at the Pleasanton River Park! This year’s event was as much a success as last year’s when the two events came together for the first time. Numerous out of towners and locals came out to celebrate this huge event for the second year in a row. There were plenty of free events for people of all ages to come out and enjoy.

Almost 150 BBQ teams  competed in the Turn N Burn Cook Off, attracting hundreds of people to the park for one of the biggest cook offs in the nation. Turn N Burn is a fun-filled, tough competition where the best of the best from all over come out and cook their grills to perfection for one of the largest cook off payouts in the nation. Up to 500 judges were needed to help decide who was the best out of the 147 teams going head to head.

This year’s Little Mr. and Miss Cowboy Homecoming took place on Friday evening. Jakub James Swick was named Little Mr. Cowboy Homecoming and Carlie Christine Mejia was named Little Miss Cowboy Homecoming. Elvira Violet McKeon was named the Overall Winner of the Lil’ Darlings Contest held on Saturday afternoon and also won Most Beautiful in the 12 months to 2 years old category.

The 2018 Cowboy Homecoming Queen, or should I say Queens, Aubrey and Amber Guerra were crowned by 2017 Cowboy Homecoming Queen Abigail Ortiz. Abigail then crowned the rest of the court – Bobbie Rice, Bailey Lopez, Perri Alexander and Megan Huizar.

Friday evening saw The Mike Knapp Band opening for Pleasanton natives The Hill Brothers consisting of brothers Preston, Wade and Adam Hill. Saturday saw The Mike Knapp Band performing again that afternoon followed by LC Rocks hitting the stage as the opening act later that evening. Saturday night’s headliner consisted of Koe Wetzel and his band bringing their unique country sound to Cowboy Homecoming.

The Wild Bill Cowboy Gallop saw 71 runners register and run Saturday morning in the 5K race. For the first time ever, the parade made its way through the town into Pleasanton River Park, bringing more people to the festivities. The carnival was in full swing beginning on Thursday night and running through Sunday evening.

The Pleasanton Rotary Club’s Cow Patty Bingo was popular once again, with Jan Cantabury, an out of town BBQ cooker, taking the $1,000 prize.

Successful for the second year in a row was the free Doc’s Kiddie Corral, sponsored by Dr. Michael McFarland and hosted by the Pleasanton Express. Kids ages 2-10 enjoyed the free games, prizes, photo booth and various activities available to them.

The KidsQue proved to be popular once again as children ages 5-17 were provided pork chops to prepare. Once again, the fellowship amongst barbecue teams proved to be valuable as teams cheered for one another at the BBQ Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening.

Please see the photo collage in this issue of the Pleasanton Express for memories of the 52nd Cowboy Homecoming and Turn N Burn.

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