The Young Farmers took a chance last year to expand their rodeo into a festival event. By adding a barbeque cook-off, entertainment and activities going on during the two-day event, they increased their attendance and made some money as well.
These men (and there are a few women who are helping) have turned the event into one that will surely grow over the years.
I hope that people will take time to attend the event. The location is great at the Atascosa County Showbarn arena, on the slight hill where there’s a bit of a breeze most evenings.
On Friday, three men will be honored during the Cowboy of the Year and South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
From what I understand after talking to Lucy Ashley, there will be plenty of rodeo entrants to view as well.
She said that there are 508 (and counting) entries for this year’s rodeo and slack.
That’s a bunch of cowboys, folks! The way I see it, you should head on over to the festival this weekend. If you aren’t participating in the BBQ cook-off, you could enter the washer tourney and then catch the rodeo. On Friday, stay afterwards and listen to Gary P. Nunn. (He better sing “London Homesick Blues” or I will be highly disappointed). On Saturday, Steve Wariner will take the stage after Bracken Hale Band opens for him.
Much luck to the Young Farmers for another successful event.
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SUE BROWN is the Editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at 830-281-2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.