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Experience Bandera, celebrate cowboy culture


EXPERIENCE BANDERA! is a project of the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce, Frontier Times Museum and the Arthur Nagle Clinic
This weekend, step back in time to a time of cattle drives and working cowboy skills. Bandera — the Cowboy Capital of the World — will celebrate its 164th birthday with a weekend of events that recall the Old West and our cowboy heritage.
We kick-off Labor Day weekend with a Longhorn cattle drive and parade of horses, wagons and period attire on Main Street. (From 1866 to around 1890, Bandera was a major gathering place for more than 10 million head of Longhorn cattle, which were then herded to northern railheads in Nebraska, Montana and as far north as Canada.)
Be sure to checkout the IBCA sanctioned BBQ Cook-off at the Pioneer River Resort along the Medina River, and the diverse art and craft vendors set up on the courthouse lawn, both days.
The Bandera Cattle Company gunfighters will entertain with historical re-enactments. Gunfights will be at noon and 2 pm, Saturday, at Rattlesnake Ridge (behind the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and in front of the Western Trail Antiques and Marketplace).
The Almost Patsy Cline Band — the official goodwill ambassadors of Bandera, Texas — will perform on the courthouse lawn at noon on Saturday.
Saturday evening, at Mansfield Park, ranchers compete with incredible ranch skills — still expertly honed here in the Cowboy Capital of World! The Frontier Times Ranch Rodeo begins at 8 pm (gates open at 6 pm) at Mansfield Park. (Complimentary box seats are available to veterans and their families through the Bandera American Legion Post #157. Call 210-788-9160 for information.)
Sunday morning 8-11am, enjoy fellowship and a cowboy breakfast prepared by the Ridin’ the River Cowboy Church, in the City Park at the Medina River. Preaching and cowboy gospel music will follow.
Dave Kemp and the Gibson Sisters will perform country gospel music at noon, Sunday, on the courthouse lawn.
Sunday evening, the Bandera Pro Rodeo Association will entertain with a special exhibition of Cowboy Mounted Shooters and Mutton Bustin’ at 7 pm, at Mansfield Park. (FREE.)
Experience Bandera is all about cowboys and our western heritage. Relive it with us this Labor Day weekend. For more information visit www.experiencebandera.com, or call 830-796-3280.

"Experience Bandera" Schedule of Events
9 am-6 pm • Arts & Crafts vendors, Courthouse lawn
9 am-5 pm • Barbeque Cook-off at Pioneer River Resort & RV Park, 1202 Maple St.
11 am • Longhorn cattle drive & Parade, Main Street
Noon • The Almost Patsy Cline Band, Courthouse lawn
• Gunfighters and historical reenactment, between Western Trail Antiques & Marketplace, 200 Main St, & the back of Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, 126 State Hwy 16, Bandera
2 pm • Gunfighters and historical reenactment
6 pm • Gates Open at Mansfield Park
8 pm • Frontier Times Ranch Rodeo
8-11 am • Cowboy Breakfast, preaching & music, Ridin’ the River
Cowboy Church, City Park
9 am-5 pm • Arts & crafts on the Courthouse lawn
• Barbeque Cook-off at Pioneer RV Park
Noon • Dave Kemp & the Gibson Sisters, gospel music,
Courthouse lawn
6 pm • Gates open at Mansfield Park
7 pm • Cowboy Mounted Shooters & Mutton busting, Free!