Pleasanton’s oldest and most favorite tradition proved to be a smashing hit with the 53rd Cowboy Homecoming and Turn N Burn Festival this past the weekend. This year, CH/ TNB moved over to the Atascosa County Show Barn as the Pleasanton River Park is currently under renovation.
The grounds were full of music, food and fun with food vendors, a carnival, washers, Texas Hold’em, music and competitions for everyone of all ages.
Kicking off the festivities was the first ever team roping event dedicated in honor of the late Cody Lawrence on Thursday evening as well as on Friday. A special dedication ceremony for Cody followed the coronation on Friday evening. Please see the Cody Lawrence story on page 2 and 3 A.
On Friday, the Little Mister and Miss Cowboy Homecoming Pageant took place. From Pleasanton Primary, Joelene Arguijo was named Little Miss Cowboy Homecoming. Also from Pleasanton Primary, Ian Garcia was named Little Mister Cowboy Homecoming. The 2018 Cowboy Homecoming Queens, Aubrey and Amber Guerra crowned the 2019 Queen, Elena Ortiz. Aubrey and Amber then crowned the court, Princesses Valentina Gasca, Gabby Martinez and Abby Izaguirre.
Roughly 100 BBQ teams from across the state and a few from out of state filled the grounds with the aroma of chicken, ribs and brisket as they competed for the Overall Grand Champion title. Please see photos of the top three winners in each category on page 6A.
Entertainment for the weekend consisted of Tejano night on Friday with openers La Tropa F and headliner David Lee Garza y los Musicales. VIP food and drink were provided by Cactus Garden. On Saturday, Mario Flores and The Soda Creek Band took the stage with 1979 PHS graduate, KJ 97 iHeartRadio music personality and member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame, Randy Carroll performing with them. Headlining for the evening was Cory Morrow with 1987 PHS graduate and Randy’s brother, John Carroll on the guitar. VIP food and drink was provided by The Office Bar and Grill.
Daytime entertainment consisted of The Mike Knapp Band.
A Washers and Texas Hold’em tournament took place Saturday afternoon. Cow Patty Bingo also took place Saturday afternoon. You can see a picture of all the winners on page 6A of this issue.
Please see the Pleasanton Express collage pages of the 53rd Cowboy Homecoming and Turn N Burn throughout this issue for all the memories made at this year’s event.
“Thank you to all our main sponsors- Miller Lite, H-E-B, Truck & Tire, Glazer’s, Wiley Energy, JW Hughes, Western Premiere BBQ Products and CAM Safety, Gaydos, Lone Star Light and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Also thank you to our VIP sponsors Cactus Garden and The Office Bar and Grill; our general sponsorsthe City of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Pleasanton Express; and our court sponsors- The Pink Cactus, Two Crafty Sisters and Primo’s Feed & Supply. Without you, this event would not be possible,” said Brad Mumm, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce President.
“I would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped organize everything, all the events that make Cowboy Homecoming possible, all the business entities and organizations who participated in the parade, the Chamber board members who took time to setup and provide hands on help with cleanup. Also, a special shoutout to Christy Reed and the Cowboy Fellowship youth for spending their Sunday afternoon on the Atascosa County Show Barn grounds for cleanup.”