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The most addictive activity at the Pleasanton Express is not coffee! It is the Pleasanton Express archives of every newspaper since 1952. Currently, our Pleasanton High School intern Mackenzie Pilgrim is in charge of our popular digital only feature Flash Back where we look back a decade at a time. Even at 17, she gets lost in the archives and her fascinating finds are fun, funny, amusing, interesting and touching. Go to www.pleasantonexpress.com and look in the menu bar for Flashback to read some of these gems.

My favorite years to look back on are the 70s and early 80s. The ads are as fun to look at as the photos. The fashions of Rick’s and Dowdy’s are fabulous. Leisure suit shorts with ties received a big NO in the office. Thank goodness that fashion faux pas never caught on as a daily wear. To see the prices at all the county grocery stores during that time is shocking. Avocados priced at 10 for a $1. We have had some great entertainment come through Atascosa County during that time such as Willie Nelson and Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours. The ads for Kicker Palace in Poteet with Wheat Straw bring back such fun times of dancing the night away. The photo collages picturing hundreds of locals of all ages from St. Andrews Church Picnic, Jourdanton Days, Poteet Strawberry Festival and Cowboy Homecoming are the best of them all. So many faces and so many memories.

Did we have more fun in those days? It sure looks like we did. I hope to capture that same type of fun and community this weekend at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce’s 54th Cowboy Homecoming at the newly renovated Pleasanton River Park.

This weekend the Pleasanton Express team will be out in full force covering all the festivities. We will also be covering all home sports games of the county and double-teaming Pleasanton because it is PHS Homecoming too.

The Cowboy Homecoming Queen’s Coronation will be held Thursday, September 13 at The Office Bar and Grill in Pleasanton as well as the Little Mr. and Miss Cowboy Homecoming. Please come out and show your support and interest in these young ladies who campaigned so hard to become a part of Pleasanton royalty.

Friday night after the football game the entertainment and entry to the Pleasanton River Park is free. Yes, you read that correctly FREE! Please drop by the newly renovated Pleasanton River Park Friday night to hear The Ranch Road Band and Mario Flores and the Soda Creek Band. Meet up with old friends and make new ones.

Get up early on Saturday for the the 40th Wild Bill Cowboy Gallop 5K and 2-mile fun walk held at the Pleasanton River Park. You may still register for $15 at the Pleasanton Express through Friday at 5:00 p.m. It is $20 on the day of the race. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Race starts at 8:00 a.m. Homemade breakfast tacos and tamales and adult and regular beverage to all entrants. First 150 to sign up receive a free Wild Bill t-shirt. Thank you to our sponsors Bestees’, Lillian Cashmer Germania Ins., H&R Block, Ramos Tire and Wigginton, Rumley, Dunn & Blair law firm.

The Cowboy Homecoming Parade starts at 10 a.m. and features among other entries the new Cowboy Homecoming Queen and Court, Pleasanton High School marching band, the former Cowboy of the Year recipients on horseback and in a wagon, the Poteet Strawberry Festival Court and float, and many more.

Entry to the park on Saturday is free and there is fun for the whole family including bouncy castles, mechanical bull riding, splash pad, margarita making contest, chili cookoff, Lil’ Darlin’ contest, day bands, food and drink and more. Cover for the entertainment inside the gate is only $15.

For all the fun and details please see the beautiful and informative Cowboy Homecoming Special in this week’s edition of the Pleasanton Express. For Pleasanton High School Reunions news and information for classes 1959-1999 please see page three of the special. Special shout outs to Rebecca Pesqueda, Reporter and Aaron Davidson, Graphic Designer for all their hard work in creating this awesome special. Shout out to Rhonda Chancellor for working with all of our incredible advertisers that made this special possible. Please when choosing a business support these fine businesses found in our tab and regular section. Without their support and without the support of the organizations and officials who advertise in our pages, our award winning local coverage would not be possible.

See you at Pleasanton High School Homecoming and at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce 54th Cowboy Homecoming festival in the Pleasanton River Park.

NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher/ Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may E-mail her at nwilkersonholmes@pleasantonexpress.com.

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