Members of the Karnes City Rotary Club and volunteers are busy making plans for what is shaping up to be another great Lonesome Dove Fest!
Except for the Lonesome Dove Fest Parade which will happen Saturday, Sept. 24 in downtown Karnes City, all the Lonesome Dove Fest events will take place at the Karnes County Youth Show Barn Grounds on U.S. Highway 181 between Karnes City and Kenedy near Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital.
Admission is free and open to the public to Lonesome Dove Fest Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24.
For the past 24 years, the club has hosted the event that welcomes dove hunting season to the south zone in South Texas, and welcomes visitors to Karnes County for food, fun, friendly competition and entertainment.
The theme this year is "Lonesome Dove Luau" and parade entrants, competitors and visitors are encouraged to express their creativity in ways to help bring an "island party" atmosphere to all the Lonesome Dove Fest activities.
The annual event is the main fundraiser for the club who use funds raised at the event for youth scholarships for all four Karnes County high school graduates and many other service efforts for the community.
This year's "Black Gold Shootout" is set for Thursday, Sept. 22. Oil and gas company workers will compete in shooting events .
The Lonesome Dove Fest grounds will be open to the public Friday, Sept. 23, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. where there will be food, booths and exhibits. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Ben Farias Band who will perform Friday night from 7 to 11 p.m.
The grounds will open at 11 a.m. Saturday following the parade. There will be shooting events -- Sporting Clays and 5-Stand, a 14,000 square-foot air-conditioned tent, Live stingray shows, BBQ Cookoff competition, Stick Horse Rodeo, vendors, exhibits, Kids Camo Contest, Karaoke and local talent performances. The Sean O'Brien Band will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. A live auction and raffle drawing will happen from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and then the Sean O'Brien Band will return to the stage to perform from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
Visit lonesomedovefest.com for more information, or Facebook.com/LonesomeDoveFest, or call Co-Chairmen Wade Hedtke, 830-583-6330 or Randy Witte at 830-780-3314.
Except for parade, which will happen in downtown Karnes City, all events will happen at the Karnes County Youth Show Barn Grounds near U.S. Highway 181 between Karnes City and Kenedy (Near Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital)
Thursday, Sept. 22
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Black Gold Shootout
Friday, Sept. 23
4 to 11 p.m. - Open to the public
7 to 11 p.m. - Music - The Ben Farias Band
Saturday, Sept. 23
10 a.m. - Lonesome Dove Fest Parade
Downtown Karnes City
BBQ Cook Off - (ongoing)
Noon, 2 p.m. - Birds of Prey Shows
Noon to 6 p.m. - Stingray Shows (ongoing)
Noon to 6 p.m. - Music, Local Talent & Karaoke
(Karaoke starts at 2 p.m.) Main Tent
Noon to 5 p.m. - Kids Train
1 p.m. - Stick Horse Rodeo (check in starts @ 12:30 p.m.)
3 p.m. - Kids Camo Contest (check in starts @ 2:30 p.m.)
Noon to 6 p.m. - Rattle Snakes & Fish Pond - (ongoing)
8 p.m. - Live Auction & Raffle Drawing
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to midnight
Music - The Sean O’Brien Band
Lonesome Dove Fest
Karnes City Rotary Club
PO Box 444
Karnes City, TX 78118
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