78° F Saturday, June 24, 2017

“If you don’t come early and stay late, you’re gonna miss something. And don’t worry about the weather – you’re not getting stuck – we just go indoors as we did with seven inches of rain last year!”

That’s the message for the public from the originators of the fifth annual Best Little Cowboy Gathering. This celebration of cowboy culture (with proceeds going to youth scholarships) at the Fayette County Fairgrounds (one mile north of La Grange on Highway 77) has become not only a tradition but an educational venue to those that may have not ever embraced that “cowboy persona.”

A full day of activities has been added to this rapidly-growing event that is earmarked with music, trick ropers, fiddling, cowgirl ball, all-star swing band, horse clinic, the “Best Little Cook-Off in Texas,” the Brazos Valley Cowographers, Single Action Shooting Society, cowboy art, exhibit booths, church wagon exhibits cowboy art, Dutch oven cook-off and loads of children’s events, food, arts and crafts.

On Thursday, March 7, gates open at 5 p.m. and Landon Dodd plays beginning at 7 p.m. This one day admission is a nominal fee of $12. Friday, March 8, gates open at 10 a.m. (for a one day admission of $20) and starting at noon, Jeff Woolsey plays inside the Fair Pavilion. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., Lone Star Swing will keep the festivities rolling along and at 7 p.m. on the main stage, Tommy Hooker performs with Jake Hooker following at 8 p.m. at the dance hall.

The Saturday, March 9 festivities begin with gates opening at 9:30 a.m. The ever-popular Texas Parks & Wildlife’s favorite Dutch oven chef, Tim Spice is featured at 10 a.m. Highlighting the weekend will be an exciting hour of a “Jody Nix Fiddle Extravaganza” with 10 fiddle players charming the audience with their extraordinary talent. Admission is $20 for the entire day.

Self-contained RVS can park for free on the grounds. Food concessions will be available and catered meals are presale only through the website or Eventbright. For general information, visit bestlittlecowboygathering.com or call Beverly Quinn at 979-249-3033. Two or three day passes with meal tickets may be purchased at reduced rates by buying in advance at Le Petite Gourmet Shop located at 134 N. Washington Street, La Grange.

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