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Tom Tom time in Yoakum

May 29, 2013 at 12:29 a.m.


Thursday

Festival Event Calendar

All activities are at the city park unless otherwise indicated

6 p.m., Magic Valley Carnival

6:30 p.m., Yoakum Royalty Pageant - community center

1-4 p.m., Yoakum Heritage Museum tours

3 p.m., Barbecue teams setup

4 p.m., Biergarten opens

6 p.m., Magic Valley Carnival opens

6 p.m., Food booths open

6 p.m., Music at pavilion begins

7 p.m., Salsa contest

7:30 p.m., Bloody Mary contest turn-in

8 p.m., Chef's Choice contest turn-in

8 p.m., CPRA Tom Tom Rodeo - rodeo arena

9 p.m., Chef's Choice & Bloody Mary contest awards

9 p.m., Music by The Majestics - community center

8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., barbecue contest registration

9 a.m., Biergarten opens

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

9:30 a.m., Head cook's meeting

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Registration for car, truck and motorcycle show

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m, Arts/crafts and food booths

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Live music at the pavilion

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Kids' games and carnival

12 p.m., Helicopter rides

12:30-2:30 p.m., "Tom Tom Talent Roundup"

1-4 p.m., Car, truck and motorcycle show

1-4 p.m., Yoakum Heritage Museum tours

1 p.m., Horseshoe and washer tournaments

2:30-7 p.m., Live music at the pavilion

5:30 p.m., BBQ award ceremony

8 p.m., CPRA Tom Tom Rodeo

9 p.m., Music by the Justin Van Sant Band - community center

11 p.m., Music by Wade Bowen - community center

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tom Tom Community Services

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

The South Texas sound of singer/songwriter Wade Bowen tops the ticket Saturday evening at Yoakum's 85th Annual Tom Tom Festival.

The festival kicks off Thursday and ends Sunday.

Saturday's opening performance, the Justin Van Sant Band, was Houston Press Magazine's 2012 pick for best country act, while Friday evening features the Tejano tunes of The Majestics.

The dances will be at the community center. Tickets for the dances are $20 each.

The Tom Tom Festival originated to honor Yoakum's tomato industry, which was predominant in the area in the late 1920s-early 1930s. This festival is one of the oldest in the region due to the "down home" style of fun, found only in South Texas, according to the Yoakum Area Chamber of Commerce website.

The Magic Valley Carnival swings into action Thursday. Also that evening, contestants will vie for crowns in the Yoakum Royalty Pageant at the community center.

The biergarten opens at 4 p.m. Friday at the city park, followed by the carnival, a salsa contest, chef's choice and Bloody Mary competitions and the CPRA rodeo.

Saturday starts early with softball and kickball tournaments in the park followed by a parade in downtown Yoakum.

The carnival and rodeo continue, along with other activities including a barbecue competition; the "Tom Tom Talent Roundup," an amateur singing contest; the car, truck and motorcycle show; helicopter rides; and horseshoe and washer tournaments.

Sunday slows down with Tom Tom community church services at the park and afternoon museum tours.

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