Young Farmers present rodeos and festival

Chaps, spurs, saddles and ropes… real cowboys wear them and use them on a daily basis. Rodeo cowboys use them, too. Come see both at the Pleasanton Young Farmers’ Cowboy of the Year Rodeo and Festival next month, August 17-18, 2012.

Paying homage to a real working cowboy and inducting another into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is something the Young Farmers have been doing for a number of years. Not only is a cowboy honored with the title, he also receives a beautiful hand tooled saddle, designed by Ringelstein Unlimited, and donated by the Wheeler family and Atascosa Livestock Exchange.

After the ceremony and rodeo, Rocky King Band will play on Friday night. All bands are sponsored by Glacier Distributing and Manning Safety.

The Young Farmers have been adding events the last four years and this year is no exception. A barbecue cookoff is planned for Saturday afternoon. Registration will begin on Friday and partici- pants will follow the IBCA (International Barbecue Cook-off Association) rules, although it is not a sanctioned event. A washer tournament, chicken roping and music by Bracken Hale Band begin Saturday at 4 p.m. That evening’s rodeo begins at 8:00 p.m. and music by Camille Sanders will immediately follow. She will be giving away autographed CDs to children in attendance, which is sponsored by Manning Safety. Headlining for the night will be Pleasanton’s own Rodney Hayden, talented singer and songwriter.

Vendors wanted

Like any festival, there will western items sold and the Young Farmers are looking for vendors to set up for the two-day event. Contact Randy Rice (830)534-0131 or Robert Earl Wood (830)570- 1211.

Team Ropings earlier

Team Ropings will be held the weekend before on Friday and Saturday, August 10-11. Contact Darryl Ashley at (830)281-5650.

Nominations needed

The Pleasanton Express serves as the headquarters for the former cowboys of the year to converge, discuss and select the newest member into their elite group each year.

This year’s recipients will be announced at the Friday, August 17 performance. The event is held at the Atascosa County Showbarn Arena on Hwy. 97 West (behind Pursch Motors, Inc.) Nominations are being accepted until Friday, July 27. Please send them to: Sue Brown, P.O. Box 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064 or

Special edition

To fully embrace this cowboy way, the Pleasanton Express is interviewing former cowboys of the year and will share these entertaining tales in the special rodeo edition on August 15.

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