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Last call for 2012 Cowboy Country Roundup in Hondo


If a hearty chuck wagon meal cooked on an open fire, cowboy-style entertainment, western art and collectibles and original country music sounds like a great time, make plans to spend Hondo's third annual Cowboy Country Round Up, Saturday, Feb. 25.

Hondo City Park will be transformed into Cowboy Country for a full day of unique, family-friendly activities.

Gates open at 9 am when vendors from across Texas begin peddling their wares at the Western Arts Trade Show & Market Days.

Cooks and "characters" bring their chuck wagons to the College for Cowboys Chuck Wagon Round Up. Twelve professional chuck wagon teams from across the state will cook up competitive grub for all meal ticket holders. Each chuck wagon team, sponsored by local businesses, will compete for cash prizes in multiple cooking categories.

This year's menu includes cowboy-sized portions of chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, cornbread and cobbler - all cooked over an open fire. Teams are required to prepare enough food to feed 40 to 50 people.

The famous, authentic Chuck Wagon Lunch for $15 will be served straight from the chuck wagons by the cooks themselves. A new $6 Buckaroo meal for kiddos under 12 years has been added and all meal tickets include entrance to the grounds. The Chuck Wagon meal tickets also include a chance to win a shotgun.

Team roping competition begins at 10 am in the Medina County Fair Arena with a second round kicking off at noon. Even the young 'uns get a moment in the ring with three separate rounds of Mutton Bustin'.

Registration begins an hour before each scheduled competition. Cost is only $10 and kids can participate with parental permission. Times and location are listed on the printed schedules distributed at the gates.

The biggest addition to this family-friendly hometown event is the 2012 Songwriter Roundup. Styled after the famous Nashville In-The-Round venues, songwriters appear on stage as a group and take turns playing their original songs as well telling the story behind the song. Folks from Nashville are making the trip to Hondo for this event. The Songwriter Roundup begins at 1 pm and winds up at 5 pm.

Other Texas-sized entertainment throughout the day includes Baked Foods Competition, free Old-Fashioned Buckaroo Games for the kids, Rook Tournament, the Texas Department of Wildlife's Operation Game Thief, Hondo High School Jazz Band, Hondo Hermann Sons Dancers, Rockin' Cedar Square Dancers, The Brazos Bottom Cowographers, Round Up Roulette and Round Up Raffle.

Parking is free for the Cowboy Country Round Up. Chuck wagon meal tickets can be purchased in advance at the Hondo Chamber of Commerce and remaining tickets will be available at the gates. Schedules and maps will be distributed at the event.

"So, plan to 'cowboy up' and come on out to 'God's Country' for a full day of food, fun and friendly western atmosphere that you can't beat - even with a genuine cast iron skillet!" urged a spokesman for the event.