The 54th Annual Cowboy Homecoming will be held September 12-14 in the new Pleasanton River Park. The decision was made after a presentation by Chamber of Commerce president Brad Mumm at the Pleasanton City Council meeting Wednesday, April 17. Mumm had been placed on the agenda to discuss moving Cowboy Homecoming to the Fall. The Chamber of Commerce recommended moving Cowboy Homecoming back to Fall to coincide with the Pleasanton High School Homecoming games which they felt would greatly increase community involvement. Mumm also recommended moving permanently to the new Pleasanton City Park which would help draw a larger and more diverse crowd to the family focused festival.
There were many reasons to move the Cowboy Homecoming but primarily to get away from holding it in March during spring break. The Chamber will continue to manage the Cowboy Homecoming court and provide sponsoring scholarships for the court. Currently, 15 girls are interested in vying for Cowboy Homecoming Queen. The current court would hold their titles simultaneously for a portion of the year. The Chamber of Commerce will continue to handle entertainment and will be seeking both day and night bands with local ties to the community. The Chamber will be adding an annual softball tournament and a chili cook-off as well as a kiddie corral with electronic horses and games. Still a part of the event will be standards such as the parade, Queen’s Coronation and Little Miss and Mr. Cowboy Homecoming. In addition, the 2019 Wild Bill Gallop will be held Saturday, September 14 in the Pleasanton River Park. The event will no longer be held in conjunction with Turn N Burn held in March. Mumm stated that the Chamber of Commerce is looking for groups or individuals who would like to volunteer to help chair some of the events such as the chili cook-off. Mayor Hall responded that the city will continue to support the Chamber of Commerce and thanked them for their hard work on Cowboy Homecoming. “Cowboy Homecoming is a must in this community. I like what I hear,” Hall commented. Several councilmembers echoed their support including Diana Prasifka, J.R. Gallegos, Robert Earl Wood and Britni Van Curan. Mayor Hall indicated the city would have some funds available for Cowboy Homecoming. Stay tuned to the Pleasanton Express for more details as this story unfolds. Follow both the Pleasanton Express and the Chamber of Commerce Facebook pages for details. Merry on Main Save the date for Merry on Main, to be held December 6-7, 2019 in Downtown Pleasanton on Main Street. There will be many new additions this year to Merry on Main including a Merry on Main’s Got Talent Show and a Little Miss Christmas Pageant plus all the fun and festivities of last year’s event – Free kid’s matinee at the Plestex, Lighted Night Parade, Firework Extravaganza Show, Live Music, Day Bands, Ice Slide, Strolling Carolers, and Christmas Celebrities such as the Grinch and Frosty, Artisans and Food Vendors, Craft Beer and Wine tasting, a Santa Fun Run…. and of course, Santa! The event will be held the same weekend as Vintage in Verdi. Kate Jasik organizer of Vintage in Verdi said she is in full support of these two events being held the same weekend stating that they offer the best of all worlds for a variety of different audiences. Both the Merry on Main committee and the Vintage in Verdi look forward to working together to create a fun filled shopping and eating extravaganza with entertainment and games for the whole family. Please go like the Merry on Main and the Vintage in Verdi’s Facebook pages. Watch for regular updates there on events and how to sign up to be a vendor or compete in the Merry on Main’s Got Talent and the Little Miss Christmas pageant.