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Stephens County Frontier Days kicks off with pageant tonight

Stephens County Frontier Days kicks off with pageant tonight
May 03
13:57 2019

The 2019 Stephens County Frontier Days kicks off today with the vendor booths opening at noon and other events starting at 6 p.m. Activities will continue all day on Saturday, May 4. In conjunction with Frontier Days, the City of Breckenridge will be celebrating its centennial this weekend.

All of the events will take place in the vicinity of the Breckenridge City Park and the Trade Barn area, just south of the park. There are food and vendor booths, a carnival, Breckenridge’s mini Frontier Town and other attractions.

Breckenridge City Manager Andy McCuistion and Pam Wright, the city manager’s secretary, display the Centennial afghan/throw that the City is selling in honor of the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Breckenridge. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Tonight’s big event will be the Miss Breckenridge competition, set to begin at 6 p.m. in the Trade Barn, which is located in the area of South Dunnigan Avenue and East Hullum Street. For more about the Miss Breckenridge pageant, click here to read the Breckenridge Texan article.

On Saturday, May 4, the annual Breckenridge Idol singing contest will begin at 5 p.m. in the Trade Barn. At 8 p.m., the City Centennial Concert will begin, featuring Michael Lee. The concert is planned to take place at the City Park Pavilion, facing the hill to the east of the pavilion, but if it is raining Saturday night, the concert will be moved to the Trade Barn.

As part of the Centennial Celebration, the City of Breckenridge will have a booth set up near the Trade Days Office, 301 S. Dunnigan. They will have some items to giveaway, as well as afghans/throws designed especially for the Centennial Celebration available for sale for $50 each. The Centennial Celebration marks the year when the City of Breckenridge became incorporated. The community was established in 1876, but prior to 1919, it was unincorporated.

Here are some details on those and other events planned for Frontier Days:

42 Tournament

The 42 Tournament will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Breck Trade Days Barn. Games will start at 6 p.m. The cost will be $10 per player or $20 per team. There will be cash prizes and a gift certificate prize. The tournament is limited to the first 32 people or 16 teams to sign up. For more information, call Mike Parrack at Interbank at 254-559-3333 or the Chamber.


A carnival will once again be a part of Frontier Days. It will be set up south of the soccer fields, on the corner of Robert Avenue and Hullum Street. It is scheduled to open at 3 p.m. Friday, May 3, and continue throughout Frontier Days.

Cornhole Tournament

New to Frontier Days this year is the Cornhole Tournament, scheduled for Friday night, May 3. Cornhole is a bean bag toss game, and the tournament will be played in two-person teams. The entry fee is $30 per team, and there will be a 50 percent payout to the first place team. Registration will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and the tournament will begin at 8 p.m.

Car Show

On Saturday, the events will kick off with the Car Show, which was added to Frontier Days last year. It will be located in the Breckenridge City Park parking lot. Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4. The entry fee will be $10 per vehicle, and cash prizes will be given in each class, for the Best of Show, People’s Choice, Furthest Distance, Best Paint and Best Engine. Trophies will be awarded for Car classes: Pre-1955, 1956-1959, 1960-1979, 1980-1999 and 2000-Present; Truck classes: Pre-1980, 1981-Present and Diesel; and classes for Competition Cars, Motorcycles, Rat Rods and 4x4s. The awards will be announced at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Chuckwagon Cook-off

Judging for the annual Chuckwagon Cook-off will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, This year’s event will feature chuckwagons from the JL Cattle Co. of Abilene, R-D Chuckwagon of Canton, Rafter JB of Cambridge, Kansas, Scorpion Cattle Co. of Roscoe, and Shadow Peak of Weatherford. Call the Chamber at 254-559-2301 for ticket information. Additionally, at noon Saturday, the First National Bank Weenie Wagon will have hotdogs for the kids.

Skateboard Contest

The second annual skateboard competition will begin with registration at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4. The contest will begin at noon at the skateboard park in the City Park, 320 Old Caddo Road, just east of the Breck Trade Days barn.

Doggie Parade

The Frontier Days Doggie Parade will kickoff with registration at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the area near the dinosaur sculpture. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. All dogs must be on a leash and have current vaccinations. Additionally, all dogs must get along with other dogs, or they will be disqualified, and all humans will have plastic bags and will need to clean up after their pets. The contest categories include: Best Costume, Biggest Pet, Smallest Pet, Best Owner-Pet Look Alike, Best of Show (adult dog), Best of Show (puppy) and Best of Show (rescue dog only).

Gunfighter Shows

The first of the Lead and Lace gunfighter shows will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Frontier Town, which will be located between the carnival area and the vendors. The second show will begin at 1 p.m. Lead and Lace is a group of Texas volunteers who dress in Old West-style clothes and present gunfight shows.

Kids Got Talent

Breckenridge’s third annual Kids Got Talent contest will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Breck Trade Days barn. The competition is open to children under the age of 12. The registration deadline was May 1.

Disc Golf

A Doubles Disc Golf Tournament will begin with registration at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Breckenridge City Park Disc Golf Course, which begins at the course headquarters on East Williams Street, just behind the old American Legion building. There will be a $20 entry fee per player. The contest will have two divisions – Open and Recreation – and an 80 percent payout for the first, second and third place teams in the open division, with 20 percent going to the Breckenridge Disc Golf Association. The recreation division winners will receive prizes. Following registration, there will be a Player Meeting at 1:45 p.m. and a shotgun start at 2 p.m. There will be an optional Ace Pot for $5 per person. For more information, call Darrell at 254-246-0032.

Cow Patty Bingo

The annual fundraiser Cow Patty Bingo will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, when the cow will be let loose in a fenced off area west of the Trade Barn. Tickets will be sold in advance for $10 each; only 300 are available. Wherever the majority of the first cow patty lands will determine the winner. The winner will receive 50 percent of the total sales, and the remaining proceeds will benefit the Breckenridge High School Class of 2020. The winner does not have to be present to win. For more information, call Carrol Kanady at 254-559-0443.

Stick Horse Race

The annual Frontier Days Stick Horse Race will begin with registration from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, west of the Trade Barn area. There will be no entry fee, and riders will be divided into four classes: Little Buckaroos – ages 3 and younger; Broncos – ages 4-6; Buckaroos – ages 7-10; and Townspeople – ages 11 and up. Ribbons will be given to first, second and third place, and prizes will be awarded to the Overall Winner in each class, the Best Dressed Stick Horse Rider and the Overall Team Winners.

Breckenridge Idol

Ten contestants will compete in the 13th annual of Breckenridge Idol. The event is set to kickoff at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Breck Trade Days barn. The winner will receive five hours of studio time at Roughwood Recording Studio and a cash prize donated by the Breckenridge McDonald’s. For more information on this year’s Breckenridge Idol, click here to read the Breckenridge Texan article.

Breckenridge Centennial Concert featuring Michael Lee

The two-day event will wrap up with a free concert for Breckenridge’s Centennial Celebration at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Michael Lee, who was a contestant on last season’s The Voice, an NBC reality TV show/singing competition. Lee is a blues singer from Fort Worth, and he is the nephew of Diane Latham, Breckenridge’s Assistant City Secretary. The concert will take place at the City Park’s pavilion unless it is raining Saturday night; in that case, the concert will take place in the Trade Barn.


Cutline, top photo: Wimpy Wimberley sets up the stage in preparation for tonight’s Miss Breckenridge pageant. The competition will begin at 6 p.m. in the Breck Trade Barn just south of the City Park. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)



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