The 29th annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration festival will begin Saturday, Sept. 7, with the Cultural Pageant at the Coastal Bend College auditorium. The Diez y Seis contestant crowned queen will receive a scholarship to Coastal Bend College.
The events will kick off the following Friday, Sept. 13, with a mariachi concert at the Bee County Expo Center pavilion at 7:30 p.m. The mariachis featured this year are Mariachi Los Soberanos. They are from San Antonio and are guaranteeing to give Bee County a great performance.
Saturday, Sept. 14, morning events will begin with the “H-E-B/Dave Moore Ford Mas o Menos 5k Walk/Run” at 8 a.m. This year, about 300 runners and walkers are expected.
At this same time, there also will be the “Men’s 40 and Older” softball tournament at Veterans Memorial Park.
The disc golf tournament draws players from all over the state as well as local players. Last year, there were more than 25 players in the tournament. The starting time will be announced at a later date.
The parade theme this year is “In Honor of Our Veterans.” Veterans from all branches of the armed forces who have served our country over the years will be honored.
The parade marshal will be Bee County Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez. Commissioner Rodriguez is a decorated Vietnam veteran who served in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969. He served a tour in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969, and supports without boundaries veterans from all wars and branches of the military.
“El Grito” will be entertaining at noon at the Bee County Expo Center Pavilion. There will be games, food, train rides, water slides and plenty of fun for all.
The headliner band for Saturday night is Jaime y Los Chamacos, along with Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers. These are two great conjuntos who will provide a great show for all to enjoy.