The ride of your life
by Chip Latcham
Oct 16, 2013 | 263 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One can easily determine from the western bunting and cowboy theme decor on storefronts that Western Week is riding back into town.

So saddle up your horses, or pile into your pickups and SUVs, and head out to the Expo Center this weekend for some good, ol’ fashioned, western-style family fun.

But before you do, be sure and check out the events on Thursday evening near the downtown depot pavilion hosted by Beeville Main Street.

Those include a Glow-n-the-Dark 5K Fun Run/Walk, co-sponsored by the Junior Service League, and youth boot scramble and high heel run hosted by the Bee County Queens Contest committee.

On Friday at the Expo Center, registration and check-in opens for a crowd favorite, the Bee County Area Go Texan “Blazin’ Saddles BBQ Cook-off.”

Also there will be the Pride of Texas Carnival, a magic show, snake handlers, mechanical bull, water bubbles, cow milking contest, DJ music and Silver Spur Mercantile vendor booths.

Don’t forget the 76th annual Chamber of Commerce parade marching through downtown Beeville on Saturday morning, starting at 10:30.

Highlights that afternoon and evening at the Expo Center grounds include all the shows previously mentioned plus Concho Cowboy shoot-out performances; the Lester Meier Pro Rodeo bull riding at the rodeo arena at 7 p.m.; and live music on the pavilion stage, starting at 1 p.m., featuring Jason Maddox, Richie Allbright, Ty Dietz, Pake Rossi, Matt Gruetz Band, Britt Lloyd, Pear Ratz and JB & the Moonshine Band, who will close out the night at 11:30.

Go Texan organizers say the entire weekend’s events are sure to please those of all ages, and the money raised during Western Week go toward college scholarships to 2014 Bee County graduating seniors who apply.

“If you like bull riding and western items, come see it,” Helen Ashley, one of the coordinators, said.

“Come and have fun. Listen to music, watch the shows and support the kids.”

And that’s no bull, whether you hang on for eight seconds or not. All you Texans (or wannabe Texans), grab your Stetsons, Wranglers and Noconas, mosey on out there and have a bang-up time for a good cause.
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