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Cowpoke Canyon offers family fun at Western Days-Ziegfest

By Sonny Long
Oct. 12, 2011 at 5:12 a.m.

Paul Butler, of Colorado, scrubs the Ghost Pirates ride clean Wednesday afternoon as the carnival crew prepares for Western Days-Ziegfest in Yorktown. The haunted attraction is new to the festival this year.


Absolutely no coolers, glass bottles or outside beverages of any kind are allowed at Yorktown Western Days-Ziegfest. Lawn chairs and designated drivers are encouraged. For more information call 361-564-2661.

Schedule of Events


5 p.m. - Cantina and carnival open


5 p.m. - Cantina and carnival open

Craft and food vendors open

Brian Milson

Petting zoo/pony rides

Paintball shooting range

5:30 p.m. - Children's parade

6 p.m. - Youth road race

7:30 p.m. - Guadalupe Surfers

10 p.m. - Bobby Allen and 87 South


7:30 a.m. - 5K fun run registration

8 a.m. - 5K fun run start

10 a.m. - Craft and food vendors open

Cantina opens

Petting zoo/pony rides

Gold Mine

Paintball shooting range

10:15 a.m. - Motorcycle tour

10:30 a.m. - Grand parade

Noon - Jeremy Steding

Carnival opens

South Texas Gunfighters

Quilt Show at fire station

Magic Show

Paintball shooting range

12:30 p.m. - Mutton bustin'/pig scramble

1:30 p.m. - Mutton bustin'/pig scramble

2:30 p.m. - Salsa contest turn in

2:30 p.m. - Kyle Bennett Band

4:30 p.m. - Motorcycle tour winners announced

5 p.m. - Bart Crow Band

7 p.m. - Cook-off awards

7 p.m. - Cory Morrow

9 p.m. - Kyle Park

11 p.m. - Kevin Fowler


Noon - Carnival opens

The Loaded Guns

1 p.m. - Lil wrangler rodeo

2 p .m. - Children's tractor pull

2:30 p.m. - Children's cook-off

3 p.m. - Barrel horse races

3:15 p.m. - Children's cook-off turn in

3:30 p.m. - DJ Val

5:30 p.m. - Cook-off awards

6 p.m. - Carnival closes

6:30 p.m. - Festival giveaway drawing

For more on the musical lineup, see Thursday's Get Out

YORKTOWN - Far more than a lineup of boot scootin' Texas music, Western Days-Ziegfest also offers a variety of family fun, all for free.

New this year are a 5K Fun Run, a paint ball shooting range and "walking water balls," said Melissa Armstrong, executive director of the Yorktown Western Days Association.

The walking water balls are huge acrylic balls in a large pool that people can get into and actually "walk on water," explained Armstrong.

Registration for the fun run begins at 7:30 a.m. with the event starting at the pavilion at 8 a.m.

The paintball range opens at 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Along with the carnival that opens at 5 p.m. Thursday and its array of rides and games, Cowpoke Canyon is also the place to be for all ages.

The carnival opens at noon Saturday and Sunday.

Other activities include the children's parade at 5:30 p.m. Friday and the grand parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Cowpoke Canyon also features a petting zoo and pony rides, a gold mine, South Texas gunfighters show, a magic show, mutton bustin' and pig scramble.

Saturday's activities include a motorcycle tour at 10:15 a.m.

The annual cook-off has attracted more than 400 entries across all categories and the children's cook-off on Sunday has grown in popularity, Armstrong said.

Also for the kids on Sunday are the Lil Wrangler rodeo at 1 p.m. and children's tractor pull at 2 p.m.

The event also includes food and craft vendors.

"We very much appreciate the continued support of Yorktown and the surrounding communities," Armstrong said. "It's that support, and that of our sponsors, that keep this a free event."

Proceeds from Western Days-Ziegfest are donated to local nonprofit groups and organizations, said Armstrong.



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