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The ultimate riverside picnic is the 26th annual Bandera RiverFest


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Kids love RiverFest, slated for Saturday, June 25, at Bandera City Park. Kid-centric events include water games, sandcastle building, a slip and slide and, of course, hot dog and watermelon eating contests. Don’t miss this official Bandera welcome to summer.

Summer is here! The 20th Annual Bandera Riverfest is gearing up! Check out one Bandera’s best assets – the beautiful Medina River. Bandera Riverfest, well known as the Ultimate Riverside Picnic, keeps growing and has everything from water games, music, hot dog & watermelon eating contests, Hula Hoop contest, car show, arts and crafts, and a Bandera Idol competition. And what do you do at a picnic? You Bar-B-Que! Our International Bar-B-Que Cooker’s Association Cook-Off has grown so much that this year we are offering a guaranteed $10,000 pay out! Join us on Saturday, June 24, for the best riverside picnic ever!
This is Bandera, Cowboy Capital of the World! Of course we have a rodeo! A River Rodeo! See if you can stay on our special broncs “Goodyear” or “Firestone.” Bet you can’t make eight seconds! RiverFest has always been about the river, so wear your river shoes and swim suit. We will also have kayak races and a river rescue race. It is easy to enter and does not require any special equipment (Medina River Company provides the tubes and kayaks!). There is no entry fee for this event either.
You can also join in by entering the “Anything That Floats Regatta.” That means every merchant in town, every sailor worth his salt, and every character (and Bandera has never been at a loss for those) that ever walked the streets of Bandera and surrounding towns needs to get busy preparing their entry for this most unlikely of river parades!
There is no entry fee, and there are no rules except that your entry must float, so decorate up your best rowboat, kayak, inner tube, raft, tractor tire tube, styro-packing material — if it floats, it can be in the parade. We will even allow trolling motors for those not wanting to paddle the river. We have had some great entries in the past, so get busy! Best Nonprofit, Best Business, Best Individual or Family entries. Have some fun and maybe win a great trophy!
If you are more of a beach lover, no worries, the Bandera Coastline – graciously donated by Bandera Rock & Road, will be the perfect place for you to unwind. Come on down for some fun, sun and sand! YES we said “sand” and we’ve got lots of it! We’ve got it all — minus the crabs! With or without the kids, building sandcastles is a fun way to spend the day. Grab a shovel and bucket and be as creative as you can! For the kids we have a giant slip and slide!
At Riverfest there is something for everyone! Besides the games for the kids, there are arts and crafts for Mom, great food and drink for the family, and our open car show for Dad. Mixed in will be the sanctioned Bar-b-que Cook-off and the finals of the Bandera Idol Competition. And there is music! Did we mention the music? Besides the Bandera Idol competition we have some of the best bands and entertainers around. Sit in the shade, drink a beer or lemonade, bring the kids and enjoy.
The ultimate riverside picnic is the Bandera Riverfest. Gates open at 10 am and tickets are $10 for adults, seniors 55 and older are $5. Children 12 and younger are free and active Military with I.D. are also free. All riverside games and water activities are absolutely free! For more information, visit www.BanderaRiverFest.com or call 210-215-1995.