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Date

November 21-23, 2014

 

Time

9:00 am – 4 pm

 

Location

Downtown Kingsville, TX

Everyone is invited for a weekend of food, fun and family as the City of Kingsville celebrates the Ranch Hand Weekend on November 21-23. The festival honors the city’s rich cultural heritage as one of the mainstays of the Texas ranching industry and will feature food, wine and tequila tasting, live music, cooking demonstrations, art, storytelling, book signings by local authors and more.

The Kingsville Ranch Hand Festival was started two years ago partnering with the traditional annual Ranch Hand Breakfast held on the King Ranch® in order to bring visitors to Historic Downtown Kingsville and to celebrate our local heritage. Local museums, artists, businesses, community organizations, vendors and the university work together to provide cowboy-themed entertainment and activities. The breakfast is always on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the festival fills out the weekend. The events also kick off Kingsville’s La Posada holiday celebration.

After the festival, join us at the Kingsville Heritage Rodeo at J.K. Northway.

Friday

10am – 4pm –  King Ranch Museum & Visitors Center open.

6:45pm -  Light up Downtown & Christmas Tree at 1904 Train Depot Museum.

7 – 9pm – Texas A&M University – Kingsville Art Student Exhibit Reception at Henrietta Memorial Center.

All Day Tours -  King Ranch Tours at 11am and 1pm; Wildlife Tour at 2:30pm; Spotlight Tour 7 – 9:30pm.

Shopping – Shops open late until 8.

Dining – Downtown restaurants open late.

Rodeo – J.K. Northway (Times Pending)

Saturday

7 – 11 am – 24th Annual Ranch Hand Breakfast on the King Ranch Purchase tickets for $6 or the King Ranch Saddle Shop, King Ranch Visitors Center, Kingsville Visitors Center or at the breakfast! (fee benefits local charity)
Visitors may park downtown, take the free shuttle bus to the breakfast and enjoy a heapin’ plate of eggs, refried beans, biscuits n’ gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee and juice. Watch team roping demonstrations, re-enactors, musical entertainment, poetry and storytelling.

7:30 am – King Ranch 1/2 Day Birding Tour, King Ranch Visitors Center open until 2pm. Daily tours begin at 9:30 and are offered every half hour with final tour at 1:30. Spotlight tour is from 7-9:30 and the Stargazing event takes place at 7:30-9.

10 am – Art Roundup with Steam Roller printmaking.

9 – 6 pm –  Vendors offering jewelry, original art, ceramics, leather goods, food, mesquite woodwork, crafts of all kinds, candles, clothing and more!

11 am – Chalk Art Registration, contest begins at 12pm and finishes at 2.

11 am – 3 pm -  Coals in the Fire, an IDOS sanctioned Dutch Oven Cook-off featuring Dessert, Bread and Main Dish!

2:30 pm – Chalk Art Winners Announcement at pavilion.

  Pan de campo at the John E. Conner Museum chuck wagon

  All For One!

 Children’s games & chalk art contest

  Specials at Downtown Shops & Restaurants

 Much More!

7 – 10 pm – Star Party at King Ranch® Visitors Center.

Sunday

10 am - Cowboy Church with music, food and free coffee.

Food – Live Music – Art Walk – Crafts & Trade

2014 Event Map Coming Soon

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Access to some of the finest South Texas crafts, goods, and more!

Call for Vendors: 2014 Ranch Hand Festival Seeks Entries for Food and Crafts Booths

The 3rd Annual Ranch Hand Festival is just around the corner and the planning committee is now accepting applications for food, crafts and retail vendors. The annual event, which draws visitors from across the Coastal Bend, celebrates the city’s historic legacy from the ranching days of Wild West to the diverse cultures that now call […]

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Ranch Hand Festival

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Ranch Hand Festival
With the official free Ranch Hand Festival app, you can quickly and easily find events that interest you using the schedule, navigate your way through the city using the map with points of interest and location tracking, and learn more about the festival's history and sponsors.

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For hotel, restaurant, and tourism information, visit KingsvilleTexas.com.

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