Lonesome Dove Fest

Sept. 23-24, 2016


Members of the Karnes City Rotary Club and volunteers are busy making plans for what is shaping up to be another great Lonesome Dove Fest!

Except for the Lonesome Dove Fest Parade which will happen Saturday, Sept. 24 in downtown Karnes City, all the Lonesome Dove Fest events will take place at the Karnes County Youth Show Barn Grounds on U.S. Highway 181 between Karnes City and Kenedy near Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital.

Admission is free and open to the public to Lonesome Dove Fest Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24.

For the past 24 years, the club has hosted the event that welcomes dove hunting season to the south zone in South Texas, and welcomes visitors to Karnes County for food, fun, friendly competition and entertainment.

The theme this year is "Lonesome Dove Luau" and parade entrants, competitors and visitors are encouraged to express their creativity in ways to help bring an "island party" atmosphere to all the Lonesome Dove Fest activities.

The annual event is the main fundraiser for the club who use funds raised at the event for youth scholarships for all four Karnes County high school graduates and many other service efforts for the community.

This year's "Black Gold Shootout" is set for Thursday, Sept. 22. Oil and gas company workers will compete in shooting events .

The Lonesome Dove Fest grounds will be open to the public Friday, Sept. 23, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. where there will be food, booths and exhibits. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Ben Farias Band who will perform Friday night from 7 to 11 p.m.

The grounds will open at 11 a.m. Saturday following the parade. There will be shooting events -- Sporting Clays and 5-Stand, a 14,000 square-foot air-conditioned tent, Live stingray shows, BBQ Cookoff competition, Stick Horse Rodeo, vendors, exhibits, Kids Camo Contest, Karaoke and local talent performances. The Sean O'Brien Band will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. A live auction and raffle drawing will happen from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and then the Sean O'Brien Band will return to the stage to perform from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.

Visit lonesomedovefest.com for more information, or Facebook.com/LonesomeDoveFest, or call Co-Chairmen Wade Hedtke, 830-583-6330 or Randy Witte at 830-780-3314.


Click here for Parade information and form

Click here for Vendors and Exhibits information and form

Click here for Cookoff information and form

Click here for Team Shoot information and form

Click here for Black Gold Shootout information and form


It is through the community support of Lonesome Dove Fest each year that allows the Karnes City Rotary Club to fund scholarships for Karnes County high school students and contribute to many more worthwhile community efforts. The annual event happens at the Karnes County Youth Show Barn Grounds on U.S. Highway 181 between Karnes City and Kenedy just north of Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital.

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Lonesome Dove Fest

Karnes City Rotary Club

PO Box 444

Karnes City, TX 78118

Email: lonesomedovefest@outlook.com for more information