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83rd annual Tom Tom Festival this weekend in Yoakum

By Sonny Long
May 31, 2011 at 12:31 a.m.

No Justice will be the featured musical act during the 83rd annual Yoakum Tom Tom Festival. The band will play Saturday night at the Yoakum Community Center.

83rd Annual Tom Tom Festival Schedule of Events

(All events downtown Yoakum unless otherwise noted)

Thursday

6 p.m - Magic Valley Carnival, Community Center parking lot

6:30 p.m. - Miss Yoakum, Jr. Miss, Little Miss, Little Mister Pageants, Community Center

7 p.m. - Team Roping, Rodeo Arena

Friday

1 to 4 p.m. - Yoakum Heritage Museum Tours

4 p.m. to midnight - Biergarten

6 p.m. - Magic Valley Carnival, Community Center parking lot

8 p.m. to midnight - Polka, music by New Edition

8 p.m. - CPRA Tom Tom Rodeo, Rodeo Arena

Saturday

9 a.m. - Biergarten

9:30 a.m. - Opening Parade Ceremonies

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Kids games

10:30 a.m. to noon - Music by 7 Year Crush

Noon - Magic Valley Carnival, Community Center parking lot

Noon to 2 p.m. - Tom Tom Talent Roundup - Amateur Singing Contest

1 to 4 p.m. - Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

1 to 4 p.m. - Yoakum Heritage Museum Tours

1 to 4 p.m. - Dress the Tomato and Tomato Cooking Contest at Yoakum Heritage Museum

1 p.m. - Horse Shoe Tournament, Washer Tournament

1 p.m. - Salsa Contest

1:30 p.m. - Star Weiners Race - Revenge of the Short Legs

2 to 4 p.m. - Music by Shiner Hobo Band

4 to 6 p.m. - Music by Vincent Wayne Band

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Music by Clay Crockett and the Shotgun Riders

8 p.m. - CPRA Tom-Tom Rodeo, Rodeo Arena

9 to 10:30 p.m. - Music by Ryan Turner, Community Center

11 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Music by No Justice, Community Center

Sunday

9 to 10 a.m. - Free breakfast tacos

10 a.m. to noon - Fellowship and Church Service

Noon to 5 p.m. - Gospel Music by Lindsey Ruppert, Restored in Christ, James Curlin Band

1 to 4 p.m. - Yoakum Heritage Museum Tours

The 83rd annual Tom Tom Festival, one of the oldest in the Crossroads, returns to downtown Yoakum this year.

The festival originated to honor Yoakum's tomato industry which thrived in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Most of the action returns to downtown Yoakum from the city park.

"We need to bring people into Yoakum proper," said Bill Lopez, director of the Yoakum Area Chamber of Commerce. "Many of the downtown stores will be open Friday and Saturday and hopefully some of our visitors will spend money downtown."

The event at the Railroad Park along Front Street includes a variety of activities including a parade, arts and crafts show, barbecue cook-off, tomato cook-off, rodeo, carnival and live music.

The popular wiener dog races also return as do tours of the Yoakum Heritage Museum and horseshoe and washer tournaments.

One new event that Lopez thinks will be a crowd pleaser is the Tom Tom Talent Roundup that has attracted participants from across South Texas.

"We have some exceptional talent coming in to take part in this show," he said. "It's a two-hour show and should be an exciting competition.

The talent show will be from noon to 2 p.m.

A Cowboy's Professional Rodeo Association rodeo will be Friday and Saturday night at the rodeo arena.

The musical lineup includes New Edition, 7 Year Crush, the Shiner Hobo Band, Vincent Wayne Band, and Clay Crockett and the Shotgun Riders.

Headlining the live music will be No Justice on Saturday night at the Yoakum Community Center. Ryan Turner will open the show. The box office opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

No Justice, from Stillwater, Okla., describes its music as Americana as well as Country.

Since 2005, the group has had seven Top 10 singles including a pair of No. 1 songs on Texas radio.

The music will continue Sunday with Gospel from Lindsey Ruppert, Restored in Christ and the James Curlin Band.

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