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Fourth annual Buckaroo Book Night slated for Tuesday, Nov. 5

Fourth annual Buckaroo Book Night slated for Tuesday, Nov. 5
November 04
08:07 2019

The fourth annual Buckaroo Book Night is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, and this year the event features a new contest — a reading-themed centerpiece decoration competition.

Readers of all ages are invited to bring your blankets and books for a fun night of reading on the field at Buckaroo Stadium. The family event will include the annual Book Swap, a Book Centerpiece Decoration Contest, concessions, celebrity readers, and more.

Centerpiece Decoration Contest

Since Buckaroo Book Night is being held a little later in the season than it has in past years, the pumpkin decorating contest has been replaced with a contest for the best reading-themed centerpiece.

Breckenridge Independent School District students in grades kindergarten through sixth are eligible to enter the competition. There is an entry fee of $5 per entry, and all proceeds will benefit the fifth grade trip to Science Camp. There will be prizes awarded for the best entries in two categories: K-3 and 4-6.

The theme of the contest is Fall in Love with Reading, and the entries may include any materials, but the organizers ask that entries not feature fresh flowers, leaves, etc. The centerpieces and their parts should be glued down or otherwise secured.

Entries should be submitted for judging by 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5. They should not have a name on them; contestants will be given a form to fill out, identifying their entry.

Any centerpieces not taken back home by the entrants will be used to decorate the tables at the upcoming elementary Thanksgiving lunches.

Book Swap

The annual book swap is a way for BISD students in grades K-6 to trade in their old books for “new” ones.

To participate, children can bring their gently used children’s books to the Buckaroo Book Night. Books need to be turned in between 6 and 6:30 p.m. When they turn in books, the children will be given tickets to exchange for new books (one ticket for paperbacks, two tickets for hardbacks). Then, the organizers will organize the books into grade/interest level.

From 7 to 8 p.m., the children can visit the book swap and use the tickets that they received earlier to buy “new” books. The books will cost one ticket for paperbacks and two tickets for hardbacks.

Each child will be limited to 10 books donated/chosen.

Other Activities

Throughout the evening, there will be local “celebrities” reading books to attendees on the football field.

Families are encouraged to bring blankets to put down on the field for their family to sit on and read their favorite books during the event.

The weather forecast shows Tuesday evening to be partly cloudy with temperatures in the 60s and 50s, so everyone is urged to dress warmly.


Cutline, top photo: Stephens County Sheriff Will Holt reads a book to the attendees at the 2018 Buckaroo Book Night. This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Buckaroo Stadium. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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