The Panna Maria 4-H float took second place in the civic organization/club/church division on Saturday.
Randy Witte, who has been involved with the Lonesome Dove Fest ever since its inception 24 years ago, was the MC for the parade and many other things this past weekend.
The Lonesome Dove Fest Stick Horse Rodeo was a popular event this year with over 25 competitors taking part in the contest on Saturday. The junior division consisted of those under six years of age while the senior division was six years of age and up. Each competitor competed in three events- barrell racing, calf roping and bull riding. Earning first place ribbons were: Victoria Cano, McKenna Ruffcorn, Micaela Woznia, Logan Cano, Layla Olivares and Max Kennedy. Second place ribbons went to: Bodie Powers, Aubrieyn Glover, Tristan, Jace Huth, Talynn Huth and Amellia; and earning third place ribbons were: Madison Cano, Gabby Phelps, Lily Huth, Calvin Essoufi and Zoe. Other competitors placing were: Paislee Ross, Avelyn Leal and Trey Leal. More photos of the Lonesome Dove Fest will be published in next week’s Countywide.
Competing in the celebrity clay skeet shoot at the Lonesome Dove Fest on Saturday were, back row, from left: Randy Carroll (KJ97), Ralph Winingham (San Antonio Express-News), Carter Smith (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department), state Rep. John Cyrier, John Wayne Schultz (American Idol), Nolan Fontenot, Ian Hyde (Schriner) and Melissa Barranger (Schriner); and kneeling from left: John Goodspeed (San Antonio Express-News) and Ross Melinchuk (TPWD). First place went to Hyde, who hit 46 of 50 birds; second place went to Winingham, who hit 43 of 50 birds; and there was a third place tie between Fontenot and Schultz, who each knocked down 39 of 50 skeet.
KARNES CITY – With clouds looming and the threat of rain on the horizon, the annual Lonesome Dove Fest parade was a huge success according to organizers, with several participants from all over partaking in the event.
A little bit of drizzle did fall from the sky off and on, but it was a welcome relief from the heat, especially for parade participants.
“Thank you to our law enforcement and fire department for closure of the streets and safety of traffic flow,” said parade organizer Lavonne C. Murphy-Guzman. “Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s parade and everyone who came out to watch the parade and support the Karnes City Lonesome Dove Festival.”
The winners of the parade were:
•Grand Prize: Karnes City Cub Scout Pack 115
•Overall: Falls City 4-H Club
•Civic Organization/Club/Church: First Place – Karnes City Cub Scout Pack 115; Second Place – Panna Maria 4-H Club
•Local Floats: First Place – Miss Karnes County and her Court; Second Place – Karnes County Residential Center – The GEO Group
•Antique/Decorated Vehicles: First Place – Gonzales County Buffalo Soldiers Association; Second Place – Kenedy Health & Rehabilitation
•Chamber of Commerce/Out of Town: First Place – Fourth of July Royalty – Freer; Second Place – Miss Bluebonnet Days Court – Kenedy.
•Other: First Place – Exterior Remodeling – Matt Bomba; Second Place – Texas Choice Pageant Queens.