Junior Livestock Show, Celebration of Quilts in Kingsville

Posted at 11:06 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 13:31:34-05

The Wild Horse Desert is filled with fun this month as the 68th annual Kleberg-Kenedy County Junior Livestock Show moves in, complete with a carnival for the kids and special celebration of quilts at the John E. Conner Museum.

The carnival kicks off Saturday right after the horse show at JK Northway Expo Center in Kingsville. The fun continues the following week with farm shop exhibits, homemaking projects and of course plenty of livestock to include beef, swine, goats, lambs and cattle.

The KKJLS wraps up Saturday, Feb. 2 with an auction. For a full schedule of events, visit

Guests who are in town for the livestock show are also encouraged to make a stop at the John E. Conner Museum, where the Celebration of Quilts 2019 is underway.

This year’s colorful collection includes quilts of valor, honoring our military.  One honoree’s purple heart is even on display beside his quilt of valor.  The celebration continues through March 13, but there will be an opportunity this Thursday night to meet some of the quilt contributors and learn about their creations, at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m.

The Saturday Quilters Group will be there to give quilting tips and advice.  Refreshments will be provided.

Those who would like to spend a full weekend in Kingsville may also want to stop by the King Ranch, which is now offering 3 historical tours per day at their visitor center (10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.).

In addition, the King Ranch Museum has extended its temporary quarter horse exhibit, From Old Sorrel to the Boon, and that exhibit can be viewed along with a tour of the museum along the newly named Los Kineños Trail, also known as Sixth Street.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For the latest information on events and activities in Kingsville, visit or follow the Visitors Center’s Facebook page @KingsvilleVisitorsCenter.