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Yoakum Tom Tom Festival celebrates 84 years

By by camille m. doty/cdoty@vicad.com
May 30, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.


Schedule of events

Thursday

• 6 p.m.: Magic Valley carnival opens, near Kvinta Field

• 6 p.m.: Royalty pageant, community center

• 7 p.m.: Team roping, city rodeo arena

Friday

• 6 p.m.-midnight: Free live music under the pavilion

•  6 p.m.: Kickball tournament

• 7 p.m.: Salsa contest

• 8 p.m.: Bloody Mary contest

• 8 p.m.: CPRA Tom Tom rodeo, mutton bustin' during rodeo

Saturday

• 8 a.m.: Softball and soccer tournaments

• 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Kids games, arts and crafts, food booths

•  9 a.m.: Biergarten opens

• 9:30 a.m.: Opening parade ceremonies - downtown

• 10:30 a.m.-noon: Free live music under the pavilion

• 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Tom Tom talent round-up (singing contest)

• 1 p.m.: Horseshoe and washer tournaments

• 1 p.m.: Helicopter rides

• 1-4 p.m.: Car, truck and motorcycle Show

• 2:30 p.m.: Star Weiners Race - Revenge of the Short Legs

• 2:30-7 p.m.: Free live music under the pavilion

• 5:30 p.m.: Barbecue awards ceremony

•  8 p.m.: CPRA Tom Tom Rodeo

Yoakum Gin & Feed:

• 9-10:30 p.m.: Scott Taylor Band

• 11 p.m.-1 a.m.: Granger Smith

Yoakum Community Center:

• 9 p.m.: Michael Salgado & Mexicolumbia and El Sonido Regio Music

No coolers or four-wheelers allowed

• For more information: Call the Yoakum Chamber of Commerce at 361-293-2309 or email info@yoakumareachamber.com.

YOAKUM - It's that time of year. The Tom Tom Festival will be at Yoakum City Park Friday and Saturday.

The 84-year-old tradition originated to honor Yoakum's tomato connection in the late '20s and '30s.

"We're celebrating a part of history," said Bill Lopez, Yoakum Chamber of Commerce president.

This festival is one of the oldest in the region that provides homestyle-type fun, found only in South Texas, according to the event website.

It's free and open to the public.

Scott Taylor, of Victoria, will perform at the Yoakum Gin & Feed on the outside stage.

His six-piece band will play hits, such as "No Whiskey," "Stay" and "All About the Music."

The second-generation musician will also preview some selections from his upcoming album.

"The festival is a good party atmosphere," Taylor said.

Grammy-award winning Michael Salgado and Mexicolumbia and El Sonido Regio Music will also be in attendance.

Salgado, a Tejano musician and accordionist, rose to prominence in the mid '90s.

At the age of 19, Salgado began playing with brothers, Ernie and James Salgado, to play guitar and drums respectively.

He's known for hits, "Sin Ella," "Mi Primer Amor," "Mi Chatita" and "Volare Volare."

In addition to live entertainment, there will be a craft show, rodeo, weiner dog races, barbecue and tomato cook-off, parade, salsa contest, pageant and talent show.

There will also be a host of children's activities including games and sports tournaments.

There's something for everyone.

"It's a great time for people to come out and fellowship," Lopez said.

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