The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to make the 49th annual Cowboy Homecoming Festival another fun-filled event.
When it was started in 1966, town leaders wanted a way to pay homage to our cowboy heritage. It has gone through changes over the years including venues and dates, but what remains is the overall sense to have a festival celebrating the cowboy way of life.
Bull riding, chicken and goat roping, dancing (be sure to read Lisa Luna’s feature article on that), barbequing and even tractor pulling … can’t get more country than that.
7 p.m. • Hunt Street
Starting on Thursday, this year’s queen will be crowned at 7 p.m. prior to the free kick-off street dance held on Hunt Street, behind City Hall.
Fall is a busy time in the Brush Country and the chamber moved the coronation to Thursday evening to accommodate all that is going on this Friday – volleyball, football, Athletic Hall of Honor – to name a few.
The “Boys are Back in Town” kick-off event will feature four bull riders at the dance on Hunt Street. Kadobe’s is sponsoring the event and will feature Chris Saucedo with the opening act of Pleasanton alumni Jerry DeLeon at 8 p.m. Bull riders Cameron Sasko, Craig Jackson, Reid Barton and Kevin Ventura will be on hand for meet and greet at H-E-B from 4-5 p.m. as well as the kick-off party.
Kiddos will be pleased with the carnival this year. It will open on Thursday night from 6-10 p.m. There is no gate admission to the carnival area. Armbands will be offered for $20 that night for unlimited rides. The Magic Valley Rides carnival will be open from 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. on Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday.
Bright and early on Friday out at the Atascosa County Showbarn, breakfast will be served from 6-9 a.m. McBee’s will be serving up eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and tortillas with coffee and orange juice. They will be assisted by the Cowboy Homecoming court, too.
The “Boys are Back in Town” Bull Ride will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Showbarn arena and afterwards a dance/concert featuring Eddy Raven with Pleasanton native Scott Wiggins opening.
Grab your running shoes and head to the Pleasanton Riverpark for the 36th annual Cowboy Gallop. The 5K run and 2 mile fun walk will start promptly at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Participants can preregister at the Pleasanton Express office for $15 and save $5 on race day. Tacos and beverages will be served to all participants.
At 10 a.m., line up on the main streets around town to view the parade. Area high school bands will be competing out of town, but there will be plenty of other entries to see. This year’s parade marshals are the folks who are our first responders. The parade is dedicated to the memory of the three law enforcement officers, Sheriff’s deputies Thomas Monse, Mark Stephenson and DPS Trooper Terry Miller, who lost their lives 15 years ago while performing their duties. Pleasanton Chief of Police Ronald Sanchez, Pleasanton Fire Chief Chuck Garris, Atascosa EMS executive director Jimmy Day and Atascosa County Fire Marshal/ Emergency Management Coordinator Todd Perna will lead off the parade. It starts on Bryant St. at Orts St. and will end at Main St.
Not a parade lover? Then sign up for the Texas Hold ‘Em tourney at the showbarn.
There area also goat and chicken ropings going on at the same time. Look for your favorite Rotarian and buy a chance to win $1,000 at their yearly Cow Patty Bingo fundraiser. Chances are $10 each and will be sold from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Love barbeque? Volunteers are needed to judge the IBCA Barbeque Cookoff beginning around 10 a.m., too. They will start judging the chicken entries at 10:30, pork ribs at noon and brisket at 3:30.
The washer tourney will start at noon as well as registration for the Lil’ Darlin’ contest.
While roaming the grounds, stop by the food and drink booths or buy something at the arts and crafts area. There will also be live music going on from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
At 2 p.m., though, be sure to make it over to the tractor pull area. The Texas Truck and Tractor Pullers Association are promising some soupedup machines that will be loud and crazy. Maybe they are getting ready for Kevin Fowler later that evening? It has been a while since there has been a pull at Cowboy Homecoming.
The bull ride will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Wade Bowen opening the concert series at 9:30 p.m. Popular Texas musician Kevin Fowler will close out the evening at 11:30 p.m.
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