59th Western Days this weekend
By Roger Cowan
It’s festival time again, and the 59th Annual Western Days is right around the corner. Though the festival officially begins Oct. 20, the carnival rides will be open from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 19. Western Days will open and rides will begin buzzing at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.
Always a huge draw at Western Days, this year’s live music continues a legacy of fine performers. Kicking off the live music this year, Friday night performers will be The Southern Frontmen followed by Nathan Colt Young. On Saturday, the live music starts with Jon Stork at noon. Following Stork, John Wayne Shulz will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. The headliners for the 59th Western Days will start at 6:30 p.m. with Curtis Grimes, Josh Ward will follow at 9 p.m., and Hayes Carll will close out the entertainment for the night at 11 p.m.
On Sunday, the music returns with Justin Trevino cranking up at noon, followed by country legend Johnny Lee at 4 p.m. DJ Jeff Boltz will provide musical interludes between bands throughout the weekend.
A truly fun-filled weekend, various events will be taking place throughout the town. The children will find much to do, starting with a Children’s Parade down Main Street on Friday, sponsored by Pioneer Natural Resources. Children’s events will also include a Lil’ Wrangler Rodeo, mutton busting, a pig scramble, children’s tractor pull, and a children’s cook-off. A clown will also be roaming the festival performing tricks and twisting up fabulous balloon creations.
Craft and food vendors from around the area will have their wares on display near the library, and the grand parade through town will kick-off events for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. There will be a quilt show at the Camber of Commerce office, a car show, motorcycle show, and a tractor show. The motorcycle show participants will lead off the parade as well.
Another long time feature of Western Days has been the cook-off, with teams coming from all parts to enjoy a weekend of fun, friendship, and showing off their expertise behind the apron. The cook-off hosts categories for ribs, briskets, rib-eyes, beans, chili, and Cook’s Choice. Cook-off awards and the Yorktown Western Days Charities Auction and Raffle will conclude the festivities on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.