<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> Lonesome Dove Fest, Karnes County, Texas

 

Lonesome Dove Fest ~ September 19-20, 2014

KARNES COUNTY – The Karnes City Rotary Club’s Lonesome Dove Fest will celebrate 22 years of family fun and philanthropic success Sept. 19-20 by providing something for everyone during the annual event at the Karnes County Youth Show Barn grounds on U.S. Highway 181 between Karnes City and Kenedy.
Admission this year is FREE and open to the general public.
Celebrating the start of dove hunting season in the south zone, as many as 8,000 hunters and their families have attended the festival in past years.
Club members said that the community’s support of the event continues to benefit the youth of Karnes County.
They added that having a family-oriented event with a lot of people working together is what the Lonesome Dove Fest is all about.
In its fourth year will be the Black Gold Shootout scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18, beginning at 1 p.m. The shootout will consist of a five-member, five-stand clay target competition between representatives of companies related to the oil and gas operations that have moved into the area.
The fun continues Friday with a Youth Day that offers educational mini-seminars on a variety of different topics to more than 250 high school youngsters from area schools. Youth Day events in the morning are closed to the general public, but the grounds will open up to everyone Friday afternoon after the conclusion of Youth Day activities. The Junction 541 Band will provide musical entertainment Friday evening from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Funds from Lonesome Dove Fest have allowed the Karnes City Rotary Club to annually award 12 scholarships to seniors from each of Karnes County’s four high schools, including two scholarships specifically dedicated to vocational students.
Food and merchandise vendors from across the area will operate booths and there will also be inflatables for kids’ fun  and other kids’ activities such as train rides and a mechanical bull.
For the adults, beer and other beverages will be available in the Karnes County Youth Show Barn as there will be Karaoke and other musical entertainment. Air-conditioning will provide cool comfort for visitors in the Show Barn and also a large tent set up nearby.
One of the main attractions at the festival, a team sporting clays competition, will be held Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. – awards at 4 p.m. in the Show Barn. The team shoot provides an opportunity for participants to compete for prizes and bragging rights.
The Heart of Texas DockDogs organization will present a canine aquatics competition and shows where trained hunting dogs will display their extraordinary talents in retrieving from a large water tank set up on the Youth Show grounds. Competitions will happen 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and then registration and events will get underway Saturday at 8:30 a.m.. More info at heartoftexasdockdogs.com.
The BBQ Cookoff happens Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards at 4 p.m. in the Show Barn.
The Lonesome Dove Fest Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. in downtown Karnes City. Parade floats, bands and other participants will travel along Calvert Street through the heart of downtown Karnes City, weather permitting. The Lonesome Dove Fest Parade has become a traditional annual event enjoyed by folks of all ages.
Cabela’s Kids BB Gun Shoot and Tractor Display will be ongoing all day Saturday and Cabela’s Wildlife Management Seminars are happening Saturday at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.
Many other exhibits will also be on display to entertain the kids on Saturday. 
The A&J Snake Handlers will perform shows Saturday featuring  showdowns between handlers and rattlesnakes and other deadly venomous snakes.
Leslie Lane Llamas will present shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Wildlife Wendy and her Tropical Birds will have shows at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The annual Stickhorse Rodeo will happen from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Celebrity Shoot is set for 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
The Kid’s Camo Contest will happen at 3 p.m.
Musical entertainment is always a big part of Lonesome Dove Fest. Saturday evening will feature entertainment by Raisin’ Kane from 6 to 8 p.m. and Country Music Artist Geronimo Trevino will perform after the live auction about 9:30 p.m. Also sharing the stage with Geronimo Trevino from 9:30 till midnight will be performers Roy Head and Dickey Lee.
Organizers say the annual event is not just for hunters, but for families and everybody.
For more information on the 22nd Annual Lonesome Dove Fest, visit www.lonesomedovefest.com, www.facebook.com/LonesomeDoveFest or call Wade Hedtke at 830-583-6330 or Randy Witte at 830-780-3314.

 

There is lots of exciting news to report about plans for the 2014 Lonesome Dove Fest!

Dock Dogs are returning this year to bring back their exciting shows and competitions with dogs running and diving into a large tank of water!

Visit www.heartoftexasdockdogs.com for more info!

Wildlife Wendy and her Tropical Birds will bring her exciting bird shows to Lonesome Dove Fest!

Visit www.wildlifewendy.com for more info!

A&J Snake Handlers will return with their exciting rattlesnake shows!

Visit www.ajsnakehandlers.net for more info!

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Cabela's will have featured exhibits!

An exciting new attraction this year - The National Champion Schreiner Collegiate Shooting Team will perform amazing shooting demonstrations!

Musical entertainment this year will feature The Junction 541 band on Friday night and on Saturday night, Raisin' Kane followed by Geronimo Trevino!

As always, auction, raffle, team shoot, celebrity shoot, food, beer and much, much more!

See below for more info and sign up forms for Exhibits, Black Gold Shootout, Parade, Cookoff and sponsorship!

Lonesome Dove Fest thanks our sponsors this year which include Aggreko, Budweiser-L&F Distributers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Academy, Cabelas, Tierra Lease Service, Marathon Oil, Conoco Phillips, Encana, Geo Group, Wood Group-Duval, Supreme, Basic, HEB, Wal-Mart, CB Supply among others!

 

KARNES COUNTY – The Karnes City Rotary Club’s Lonesome Dove Fest will celebrate 22 years of family fun and philanthropic success Sept. 19-20 by providing something for everyone during the annual event at the Karnes County Youth Show Barn grounds on U.S. 181 between Karnes City and Kenedy.

Celebrating the start of dove hunting season in the south zone, as many as 8,000 hunters and their families attend the festival.

“The showing of support for this event is to benefit the youth in our area and continues to grow each year,” said Karnes City Rotary Club Member Charlie Thompson.

“Having a family-oriented event with a lot of people working together is what the Lonesome Dove Fest is all about,” Thomspon added.

Youth Day offers educational mini-seminars on a variety of different topics to more than 250 high school youngsters from area schools. Youth Day events in the morning are closed to the general public, but the grounds will open up to everyone Friday afternoon after the conclusion of Youth Day activities.

Funds from the main events of the Lonesome Dove Fest have allowed the Karnes City Rotary Club to award 12 scholarships to seniors from each of Karnes County’s four high schools, including two scholarships specifically dedicated to vocational students.

Saturday events start with a Lonesome Dove Fest Parade that will kick off at 10 a.m. in downtown Karnes City. Parade floats, bands and other participants will travel along Calvert Street through the heart of downtown Karnes City, weather permitting. The Lonesome Dove Fest Parade has become a traditional annual event enjoyed by folks of all ages.

Musical entertainment is featured on the Lonesome Dove Fest stages, and a wide variety of food and beverages are available to visitors. Exhibits of all kinds are on display including arts and crafts booths and items of all kinds for sale. Inflatables and other games and activities are available for kids including traditional favorites such as the Stick Horse Rodeo and Kids Camo Contest.

One of the main attractions at the festival is a team sporting clays competition. The team shoot provides an opportunity for participants to compete for prizes and bragging rights and, for those interested in hunting, includes a dove hunt with area landowners. A celebrity challenge five-stand clay target event will pit the shooting skills of media members against local and state officials.

Saturday night Lonesome Dove Fest culminates with a raffle drawing, live auction and dance featuring top notch musical talent.

“This is not just for hunters,” Rotarian Randy Witte emphasized, “but for families - for everybody!”

For more information on the 22nd Annual Lonesome Dove Fest, go to www.lonesomedovefest.com, www.facebook.com/LonesomeDoveFest or call Wade Hedtke at 830-583-6330, Randy Witte at 830-780-3314, Benny Lyssy at 830-583-5775 or Maggie Hunt at 830-299-1287.

 

Click here for Exhibits info and form

Click here for Black Gold Shootout info and form

Click here for Parade info and form

Click here for Cookoff info and form

Click here for Sponsorship info and form

Click here for Team Shoot info 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.

Please visit and "like" us on our Facebook page at:

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to see lots of photos and videos from past Lonesome Dove Fests

Lonesome Dove Fest

Karnes City Rotary Club

PO Box 444

Karnes City, TX 78119

Email: Publicity Committee member Joe Baker for more info at joeebaker@hotmail.com