Ray Wylie Hubbard will arrive at the Bee County Exposition Center on Oct. 20 as the star of the big Saturday night dance at this year’s annual Bee County Western Week Celebration.
Texas entertainer Hayes Carll also will play at the dance. Presale tickets are $15, and admission at the door will be $20. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
This year, the big event will be held on the weekend of Oct. 19-21 on the grounds of the Bee County Exposition Center.
More than 40 years have passed since Hubbard wrote “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” while spending a summer in New Mexico.
The Soper, Okla., native was enrolled as an English major at what was then North Texas State University in Denton and was spending his summers in Red River, N.M., playing folk music.
In 1973, Jerry Jeff Walker made that song a hit. Hubbard released a number of records in the ensuing years and remained one of the big names in the Texas music scene of the 1970s.
Today, at the age of 65, Hubbard is considered one of the elder statesmen of that period.
He now lives in New Braunfels and hosts a Tuesday night radio show called “Roots & Branches” that helps establish American entertainers.
Hubbard’s first recording was “Three Faces West,” released in 1971. Since then, he has released 15 other recordings with the most recent, “The Grifter’s Hymnal,” being released last year.
Over the years, Hubbard has performed with a number of famed Texas musicians, including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Jerry Jeff Walker.
For those who would rather see bull riding than be two-stepping, Bee Xtreme will host an event at the rodeo arena.
The gates to the arena are scheduled to open at 6 p.m., and the bull riders will be out in the arena at 7 p.m.
Of course, for entertainment that will keep the entire family going, nothing will beat spending Oct. 20 roaming the grounds of the Expo Center.
The Go Texan barbecue cook-off will be smoking west of the Lucas-McNeill Pavilions, as usual. The campsites set up by the cooking teams are always an attraction. And nothing beats the aroma of a couple of dozen barbecue pits all going at the same time.
The Wagon Train Emporium, a collection of arts and crafts vendors, will be set up in one pavilion throughout the event.
Also, the entire family will enjoy the magic show and reptile show tents.
And for pure color, aromas, sounds and fun, the Pride of Texas Carnival will be set up in its usual location east of the pavilions.
Beeville Main Street Program Manager Michelle Wright said there is still room for vendors in the pavilions.
Anyone interested in renting a space should contact her at 361-362-0368.
There will be some events before the big weekend kicks off with the annual Bee County Chamber of Commerce Parade that Saturday morning.
Miss Western Week will be chosen a week earlier than the celebration, on Saturday, Oct. 13. That event is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the A.C. Jones High School auditorium.
The winner and her court are expected to appear the evening of Thursday, Oct. 18, when the big event is kicked off in downtown Beeville.
Beginning at 6 and going until 10 o’clock that night at the Depot Pavilion in the parking lot west of the 300 block of North St. Mary’s Street, celebrants will be treated to live music, a Boot Scramble for kids between the ages of 4 and 6, and a high heel race for men, women and children between the ages of 7 and 12.
There will be food vendors and other goodies for sale that night, the Water Bubbles attraction and even a mechanical bull for the more adventurous.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.