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83rd annual Tom Tom Festival this weekend in Yoakum

Sonny Long

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.

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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