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Ranch Hand Weekend at the King Ranch

It's a weekend of cowboy fun at the annual King Ranch Hand Breakfast and Country Concert coming up in Kingsville.
Country singer Mark Chesnutt poses for a portrait during an interview in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 19, 1996. Chesnutt, who lives outside his native Beaumont, Texas, was in town to promote his "Greatest Hits" CD.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

KINGSVILLE, Texas — It's a weekend of cowboy fun at the annual King Ranch Hand Breakfast and Country Concert coming up in Kingsville.

The festive fun begins Friday night on Main Street when the city of Kingsville lights up the downtown Christmas tree, along with the beautiful buildings in the Mainstreet district. Enjoy hot cocoa, coffee and cookies while the Presbyterian Pan American School Choir fills the air with Christmas Carols. Shop owners on Main Street stay open late so visitors can pick up custom-made leather goods, hunting and fishing gear and one-of-a-kind clothing and jewelry! It’s a great opportunity to find the perfect Christmas gift. Street dancing begins at 8 PM with live music by Lauren Corzine.

Speak the universal language of art at this year’s Texas A&M-Kingsville Senior Art Exhibit on display inside the beautiful Kleberg Bank lobby. The opening reception begins at 7 PM Friday and includes refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists. The award-winning Texas rum, Wild Horse Distillery, will also be available for tasting during the art exhibit events. This year, the city of Kingsville will also host an opening art reception at Kleberg Bank, unveiling the Sculpture on Main project; a series of seven sculptures that will remain on display around the Main Street corridor. Pick up your guide inside Kleberg Bank Friday night.

Saturday, start your morning with the cowboys of King Ranch®, also known as the Kineños. The 29th annual King Ranch® Ranch Hand Breakfast is the only opportunity of the year for guests to drive on the property and spend the morning on the legendary ranch while enjoying an authentic cowboy breakfast along with roping demonstrations, cowboy poetry and storytelling. Kineños, also known as the Kings Men, have been a key part of ranch operations since the very beginning. Some will be on hand to showcase their life on the ranch.

After the breakfast, downtown Kingsville will be filled with fun during the Ranch Hand Weekend Festival featuring live music, inflatables for the kids, archery – along with your chance to win a turkey, a chalk art contest and pony rides. Show your skills during the Two-Step and Line Dance Contest, sponsored by Hi-Res Media Group. Get your wish list in to the big man himself and take Selfies with Santa at Kleberg Bank, who is a presenting sponsor for Ranch Hand Weekend along with Neessen Automotive.

The festival wraps up at 4 PM, but, the fun continues at the JK Northway Exposition Center with the Ranch Hand Weekend Country Concert featuring Mark Chesnutt! He’ll be performing along with Felix Truvere and Lauren Corzine. Concert tickets benefit KISD Education Foundation. The Ranch Hand Weekend Country Concert is presented by Neessen Automotive and Kleberg Bank with help from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Bray’s Smokehouse and NewWave Communications.

The Ranch Hand Weekend continues through Sunday with the Coastal Bend Cowboy Fellowship cowboy church service at the JK Northway Coliseum followed by a family ranch rodeo that includes dummy roping for youth ages 6-15 and five events includes steer tying, calf branding, trailer loading, steer doctoring and a cowboy stampede! There will be an open calf scramble for the kids during intermission.

Bring the whole family for an exciting weekend packed full of festivities beginning Friday, November 22nd and wrapping up Sunday November 24th. Ticketed events for the entire weekend add up to just $26 per person. Get more information at RanchHandWeekend.com.

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