Robstown's 29th Annual Cottonfest, presented by the Robstown Area Development Commission and the City of Robstown is set for Friday, October 18 through Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.
Friday, Oct. 18 the Cottonfest BBQ Cook-off will kick-off the weekend festivities at the RMB Regional Fairgrounds. Cook-off teams will fire-up their pits and grills throughout the day and at 9 p.m. live music by Tejano/Country group, Stampede, DJ P.G. and DJ Jammin J will entertain spectators and Cook-off participants. The teams will have the option to compete in the first category, the Jackpot Fajita Contest Friday night for $20 per team. The Fajita winning team will be awarded the entire jackpot. On Saturday, Cottonfest Cook-off teams will compete in the Beef Brisket, Pork Spare Ribs and Chicken, competing for a total of $5,000 in prize money. The Cook-off teams will also have the option to compete in the Jackpot Beans Contest for a chance to win the entire jackpot. The application deadline for the cook-off is Friday, October 12 to be eligible for prize money and the fee to participate is $200 per team.
The Mayor of Robstown, City Council and the Miss Cottonfest Queen's Court will lead the official Cottonfest Parade on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. Parade floats will begin at the corner of Matiana Ortiz Blvd. and Main Avenue. They will make their way down Main Avenue, ending at the RMB Regional Fairgrounds baseball field. Parade entries are free; however, the RADC welcomes donations from participants and all proceeds from the Cottonfest Parade go to their scholarship program.
At noon on Saturday, Cottonfest Parade spectators will make their way directly to the 29th Annual Cottonfest at the RMB Regional Fairgrounds with free admission and free parking. Joe Guzman, Executive Director for the RADC invites everyone.
"Come join us for a weekend full of fun, food, music and activities for the whole family." Families will enjoy a variety of activities, live music and much more until 9 p.m. and again on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 9 p.m. New to Cottonfest, an outdoor carnival will be open from 12 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Carnival wrist band vouchers may be purchased in advance for $15 each at the RMB Regional Fairgrounds, Robstown High School and the RADC office. On Oct. 19 and 20 at the carnival, wrist bands will be $20 each. Carnival wrist bands will provide unlimited access to rides from 6 to 10 p.m. on both days.
Cottonfest offers a variety of live music throughout the weekend featuring Tejano headliners, such as Pio Trevino Y Grupo Magic and Grupo Fama on Saturday, as well as Los Arias and Marcos Orozco Y Grupo Rebelde on Sunday. Other bands and artists featured throughout the weekend are Jason Suthern, Santosis, Los Mavericks, Monica Emid, Allison Vela, Grupo Imagen, Grupo Inolvidable and Dave Rukkus.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, in the RMB Regional Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, vehicles and their proud owners will be competing in the Cottonfest Car Show within 10 categories, including Under Construction, Lowrider, Classic, Hotrod/Muscle, Truck, Radical, Lowrider Bike, Euro Compact Custom, Custom and the Cottonfest Specialty Award. Eight specialty awards within the following categories will be presented to the winners in Best of Show, Best Custom Paint, Best Interior, Best Wheels, Best Suspension Setup, Best Engine Bay, Best Design/Graphics and Most Unique. Winners in each category will be presented with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd award. There will be a trophy presented to the winner in each of the specialty awards. The Cottonfest Car Show entry fee is $20 per truck or car and $10 per motorcycle.
Businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals interested in participating as a vendor for food, arts & crafts and activities may apply by no later than Friday, October 11, 2013. Non-profit and for-profit booths are available and range in price.
For more information on Cottonfest, call (361) 387-3933 or visit www.rmbfairgrounds.com to download applications and registration forms to participate.