KARNES COUNTY – The Karnes City Rotary Club’s Lonesome Dove Fest will celebrate 22 years of family fun and philanthropic success Sept. 19-20 by providing something for everyone during the annual event at the Karnes County Youth Show Barn grounds on U.S. 181 between Karnes City and Kenedy.
Celebrating the start of dove hunting season in the south zone, as many as 8,000 hunters and their families attend the festival.
“The showing of support for this event is to benefit the youth in our area and continues to grow each year,” said Karnes City Rotary Club Member Charlie Thompson.
“Having a family-oriented event with a lot of people working together is what the Lonesome Dove Fest is all about,” Thomspon added.
Youth Day offers educational mini-seminars on a variety of different topics to more than 250 high school youngsters from area schools. Youth Day events in the morning are closed to the general public, but the grounds will open up to everyone Friday afternoon after the conclusion of Youth Day activities.
Funds from the main events of the Lonesome Dove Fest have allowed the Karnes City Rotary Club to award 12 scholarships to seniors from each of Karnes County’s four high schools, including two scholarships specifically dedicated to vocational students.
Saturday events start with a Lonesome Dove Fest Parade that will kick off at 10 a.m. in downtown Karnes City. Parade floats, bands and other participants will travel along Calvert Street through the heart of downtown Karnes City, weather permitting. The Lonesome Dove Fest Parade has become a traditional annual event enjoyed by folks of all ages.
Musical entertainment is featured on the Lonesome Dove Fest stages, and a wide variety of food and beverages are available to visitors. Exhibits of all kinds are on display including arts and crafts booths and items of all kinds for sale. Inflatables and other games and activities are available for kids including traditional favorites such as the Stick Horse Rodeo and Kids Camo Contest.
One of the main attractions at the festival is a team sporting clays competition. The team shoot provides an opportunity for participants to compete for prizes and bragging rights and, for those interested in hunting, includes a dove hunt with area landowners. A celebrity challenge five-stand clay target event will pit the shooting skills of media members against local and state officials.
Saturday night Lonesome Dove Fest culminates with a raffle drawing, live auction and dance featuring top notch musical talent.
“This is not just for hunters,” Rotarian Randy Witte emphasized, “but for families - for everybody!”
For more information on the 22nd Annual Lonesome Dove Fest, go to www.lonesomedovefest.com, www.facebook.com/LonesomeDoveFest or call Randy Witte at 830-780-3314, Benny Lyssy at 830-583-5775, or Charlie Thompson at 830-620-8815.
Lonesome Dove Fest
Karnes City Rotary Club
PO Box 444
Karnes City, TX 78119
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