“We try and change the entertainment around, and we have the bull riding going on Saturday night,” Helen Ashley, one of the event coordinators, said.
“It’s not a rodeo; it’s strictly bull riding, even though I love the full rodeo,” she added with a laugh.
The events kick off Saturday, Oct. 12, with the crowning of Miss Western Week which will be held at the A.C. Jones Auditorium at 5 p.m.
Then Thursday, Oct. 17, the kickoff for the main events will happen in downtown Beeville at the Railroad Depot on West Hefferman Street from 6 until 10 p.m. hosted by Beeville Main Street.
Friday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m., registration begins for the Bee County area Go Texan “Blazin’ Saddles BBQ Cook-Off” as well as the vendor check-in.
The fairgrounds will be opening at 6 p.m. with free admission for children under 5 as well as the Pride of Texas Carnival.
“We’re having bull riding, a carnival, some sideshows like snake handlers, a magic show and a shoot-out performance,” Ashley said.
Saturday, Oct. 19, the Bee County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual parade through downtown Beeville at 10:30 a.m.
Then at noon, the fairgrounds will once again open and feature mechanical bull rides, water bubbles for the young ones and a cow milking contest.
Live music will start at 1 p.m. with Jason Maddox and run throughout the day. Other acts featured are Richie Allbright, Ty Dietz, Pake Rossi and the Pear Ratz at 10 p.m. and JB & the Moonshine Band closing out the night at 11:30 p.m.
All the music will be on the stage inside the pavilion this year instead of both there and the rodeo arena.
“We wanted solid ground instead of people walking around on dirt,” Ashley said.
“Plus, we just decided to put it all out in front of the people instead of having some bands in the pavilion. We’re having them all on one stage.”
At 6 p.m., the rodeo arena gates will open with the Lester Meier Pro Rodeo bull riding taking place at 7 p.m.
Presale tickets are available at any Pantry Store, Wicker Basket, Blake Fulenwider Dodge, Navy Army Community Credit Union and Buck’s Quick Stop in Skidmore.
The entire weekend’s events are sure to please those of all ages, as there will be plenty of activities, food and fun to be had.
And the money raised during Western Week go toward college scholarships to 2014 Bee County graduating seniors who apply.
“If you like bull riding and western items, come see it,” Ashley said with a grin.
“Come and have fun. Listen to music, watch the shows and support the kids.”
If you would like to volunteer to help in any way contact Helen Ashley at Navy Army Community Credit Union, and for more information go to www.westernweek.org.