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Cowboy Homecoming and the Turn N Burn BBQ cook-off are only nine days away! Theres plenty more than just barbecue happening at this years event. Start Spring Break off by staying home and enjoying all of the festival fun Pleasanton has to offer. The most important thing to remember is entry to the festival grounds at the Atascosa River Park is FREE.
The carnival returns this year to bring fun and excitement for adults and kids of all ages. The carnival opens up on Thursday, March 9 and stays open until Sunday, March 12. Admission to the carnival area is free. The carnival will be having arm-band nights and different price specials for the rides.
Fridays events start with the Little Mr. & Miss Cowboy Homecoming contest at 5:30 p.m. under the pavilion at the Atascosa River Park. Immediately following the Little Mr. & Miss contest, the coronation of the new Cowboy Homecoming Queen and court will take place. Who will be crowned the 2017 Cowboy Homecoming Queen? Attend the coronation on Friday, March 10 to find out.
On Saturday, March 11, you can join the Pleasanton Express 38th Annual Wild Bill Cowboy Gallop 5K Run & 2 Mile Fun Walk in the morning. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and our race starts at 8 a.m. Following the race participants can enjoy free breakfast tacos and drinks. Awards will be given out to the races top finishers. If you sign up now, you can pay the pre-registration fee of $20. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 150 registrants. Theres still time for you to enter!
After the Wild Bill Cowboy Gallop, the Cowboy Homecoming parade route will start at Atascosa Dental Center (Dr. Harlan’s office) on Goodwin St. and make its way down to Main and Adams streets and then proceed through the Atascosa River Park. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will give everyone time to sign up to be a cook-off judge.
For the first time ever, the Pleasanton Express will be hosting a Kiddie Corral. Children and their parents can come by from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to take part in fun games and win small prizes. All activities in the Kiddie Corral are absolutely free to children ages 2-10. This is all made possible by the following sponsors: Dr. Michael McFarland and Wilco Peanut Company.
If you know of the cutest little cowboys and cowgirls in town, you may enter them in the Little Darlings Contest on Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Dress them up in their cutest western outfits, hats and bandanas for this adorable little contest. Even if you dont have a child participate, its certainly one of the cutest events around.
There will also be helicopter rides all weekend, food vendors, arts and crafts galore! Were keeping you in the know of all the family-friendly activities taking place at the festival grounds. Theres fun for children and adults of all ages that you definitely dont want to miss.