KINGSVILLE, Texas — It's a weekend of cowboy fun, live music, Christmas lights, and old-time cow camp cooking. We are talking about the annual Ranch Hand Weekend in Kingsville.
The real story of King Ranch is that the legendary ranch is celebrating 166 years in existence.
The city of Kingsville is celebrating its 29th annual Ranch Hand Weekend, a festival honoring the city’s rich cultural heritage as one of the mainstays of the Texas ranching industry with roping demonstrations, cowboy poetry, food, live music, cooking demonstrations, art, storytelling, book signings by local authors and more.
The three day fiesta will get started Friday night on Main Street when the city of Kingsville lights up the downtown Christmas tree, along with the buildings in the Main Street District.
On Saturday, start your morning with the cowboys of King Ranch, also known as the Kineños, who have been a key part of ranch operations since the very beginning. Some will be on hand to showcase their lives on the ranch.
The Ranch Hand Breakfast will run from 7-11 a.m. featuring a large plate of eggs, refried beans, biscuits ‘n’ gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee and juice.
The Ranch Hand Breakfast is the only opportunity of the year for guests to drive on the 825,000 acre property and spend the morning on the legendary ranch while enjoying an authentic cowboy breakfast.
After the breakfast, downtown Kingsville will be filled with fun, featuring live music, inflatables for the kids, archery, along with your chance to win a turkey, a chalk art contest and pony rides.
Show your skills during the Two-Step and Line Dance Contest. You can also get to meet and give your your wish list to Santa, and take selfies with old saint nick at the Kleberg Bank.
Ages 4 and up: $6.00
Ages 3 and under: free
The Ranch Hand Weekend continues through Sunday with the Coastal Bend Cowboy Fellowship cowboy church service at the JK Northway Coliseum followed by a family ranch rodeo that includes dummy roping for youth ages 6-15 and five events includes steer tying, calf branding, trailer loading, steer doctoring and a cowboy stampede.
There will be an open calf scramble for the kids during intermission.
Mark Chesnutt will headline the Ranch Hand Weekend Country Concert along with Felix Truvere and Lauren Corzine.
Doors open at the JK Northway Expo Center at 7 p.m.. concert tickets are $20, and ticket sales will benefit KISD Education Foundation.
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