A mariachi concert kicked off the weekend’s events Friday at the Bee County Expo Center Pavilion and featured Mariachi Los Soberanos from San Antonio.
Saturday’s events started with “H-E-B/Dave Moore Ford Mas o Menos 5k Walk/Run.” The event drew more than 150 runners and walkers from all over South Texas, including San Antonio, Portland, Kenedy and Corpus Christi.
Part of the profits of the 5K walk/run as well as parking fees for the events at the Expo Center were donated to the Coastal Bend College athletic department.
The parade that filled downtown Beeville later that morning was dedicated to the veterans. Vietnam veteran and Bee County Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez received the parade marshal honors this year.
Fred Morón, who heads Fiesta Bee County, said, “We were all honored to have Eloy as the parade marshal this year. The parade got a great response from the surrounding area’s chambers of commerce as well as the veterans who were honored.”
Later that afternoon, the Bee County Expo Center grounds opened, and the children poured in to play on the water slide and hop on the train ride.
“Kids loved the train ride,” Morón said, adding that even adults took turns on the ride.
Though the concerts that night felt the effects of the Mayweather/Canelo fight and other activities happening throughout Beeville, more than 1,000 fans crowded the stage to watch Jaime y Los Chamacos along with Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers.
Morón said, “The crowd was in a partying mood, and we had no problems the whole night. The restrooms were immaculate, and we got reviews about the grounds being left clean.
“We would like to thank all the volunteers and veterans who made the event a success.”
And even before the dust has settled on the fairgrounds, a committee sat down Tuesday to hash out next year’s event.
But it’s not just another Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration that they’re planning. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the festival, so big plans are being made.
The committee is going to accommodate fans of all ages with a wider variety of music and events.
And anyone wishing to help out and volunteer or sponsor next year’s festival can contact Fred Morón at Beeville’s H-E-B Food Store for more information.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.