Pleased with the crowds that attended the 49th annual Cowboy Homecoming, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is already thinking how they will top it for the 50th anniversary celebration next year.
The numbers are not in right now, but co-chair Brad Mumm knows that the event was a money maker.
Jordyn Olle was crowned the 49th Cowboy Homecoming Queen at the coronation by Oriana Ortiz on Thursday night before the kick-off party for the event. Jordyn is the daughter of Carla and Mark Olle. Her court includes Princesses Kimbrielle Gusman, Julie Lopez, Taylor Maddox and Ynez Vera.
Jordyn comes from a long line of Cowboy Homecoming queens. Each of her older sisters – all three of them – were queens. Jennifer (2002), Jessica (2005) and Jacquelyn (2011). Local talent Jerry DeLeon entertained the crowd at Kadobe’s by opening for the Chris Saucedo Band.
The Friday night bull ride kept attendees on the edge of the bleachers before Scott Wiggins and Eddy Raven took the entertainment stage.
The Cowboy Gallop and Fun Walk drew about 80 participants. The overall male winner was Alex Solano. He finished with a time of 118:25. And for the sixth time, fifth in a row, Bianca Paredes was the overall female winner. Her race time was 23:39. Complete results and photos are on page 7A.
The parade and those viewing were well attended. A lot of original and beautiful entries participated. Winners were:
Creativity – 1st place Karnes County Rotary Miss Karnes County, 2nd place Gonzales Chamber of Commerce, 3rd place Poteet Strawberry Festival Court
Out of town Commercial – 1st place Kuntry Kurl Salon, 2nd place Irma’s Cafe, 3rd place Melinda’s Barber Shop
Civic Organization – 1St place Pleasanton HS JROTC, 2nd place Poteet Memorial Post 6970 VFW, 3rd place Atascosa County Historical Commission
Youth – 1st place Tri- City Martial Arts, 2nd place Our Lady of Grace Academy, 3rd place Pleasanton HS Cheerleaders
Local Commecial – 1st place Vintage in Verdi, 2nd place Retama Manor, 3rd place Pleasanton Dairy Queen
Chamber/Festival – 1st place Floresville Peanut Festival Association, 2nd place 4th of July Royalty, 3rd place Luling Watermelon Thump
Winning the Grand Prize for the Barbeque Cook-off was Clarence Joseph and his Mama and Papa Joe’s BBQ. For complete results and photos, please see page 6A.
The washer tourney, headed up by Young Farmer Robert Earl Wood placed three teams as winners. Their photos are on page 8A.
The Texas Hold ‘em Tournament grand prize winner was Raymond Coffey. He won a trip for two to Las Vegas. Photos are on page 8A.
The new event for this year proved to be a crowd pleaser. Those attending the Texas Truck and Tractor Pull competition on Saturday were not deterred by the noise, smoke and dust from the oversized and modified trucks and tractors. Winners are listed on page 8A.
The Saturday night’s bull ride was followed by Wade Bowen and Kevin Fowler. They drew one of the biggest crowds. It was estimated between 3,000 and 3,500 were in attendance.
So many people volunteer and donate money as well as their services and time to help make this fun event a success year in and year out.
Hat’s off to the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce for their continued efforts.