Welding, grading, plowing and painting…this is what the Pleasanton Young Farmers have been doing for the past month preparing for their annual event that will be held next weekend, August 17 and 18.
This year will be a bit different from years past. While keeping the tradition of an entertaining rodeo complete with the announcement of the Atascosa Working Cowboy of the Year and induction of Hall of Fame – plus a dance afterwards, they are expanding the fun to Saturday afternoon with a barbecue cookoff, washer tournament and chicken roping.
They will also be featuring a special demonstration by the Rosas de Castilla Escaramuza. What exactly is this? It is the female version of Char- reria – precision horseback riding by ladies in frilly fullskirted attire.
The Cowboy of the Year and inductee(s) into the the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame will be announced at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 17. Rodeos begin at 8 p.m. both nights.
On the slate for music for the two-day event will be Rocky King Band on Friday night after the rodeo. On Saturday afternoon, Bracken Hale Band will perform and later that evening – after the rodeo – Camille Sanders will open for Pleasanton’s own Rodney Hayden.
The sponsors for the music this year are Manning Safety Services, Inc. and Glazer Distributing.
Rodeo events for the festival will be as follows:
Ranch Bronc Riding ($75 entry) winner will receive a saddle and the events have received $3,300 in added money for the following events: Calf Roping ($75 entry), WPRA Breakaway ($75), Barrel Race ($75) Team Roping (2×0 $100 man), Steer Wrestling ($75), Bull Riding ($100 – $1,500 added) All Around will win a Yeti ice chest.
Books will open August 13, rough stock only 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.. Call (830)281-5650. Timed events: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (830)281-5650. Slack will be on Saturday morning 10 a.m. Day money in each performance.
Team Roping will be held the weekend before, August 10 and 11. Contact Darryl Ashley 830-281-5650 for entry information.
While the barbecue cookoff is not a sanctioned IBCA event, they will follow the same rules.
Entry fees are:
All three meats – $100 with
Beans – $20 with 100%
Turn in times will be:
Beans – 11:00 a.m.
Chicken – noon
Ribs – 1:30 p.m.
Brisket – 3:00 p.m.
Head Cook meeting will
be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday
morning. Meat inspection
will be on Friday.
For more information,
contact Edward LaGrange at
As with any festival, there will also be lots of vendors selling their western style crafts.
Any other questions for this event, please contact Randy Rice at 830-534-0131 or Robert Earl Wood at 830- 570-1211.