There are lots of things to do around Cee Vee.
Check out the recurring activities and special events on calendar below.
If you know of others,
please let me know. Also check out the websites of the
Texas Plains Trail and the
Panhandle Tourism Marketing
Council. They have a lot of events and activities that they
There is also miles and miles of beautiful drives.
One of most impressive drives in the state is Texas 207 south toward
Silverton. For miles agricultural riches spread from horizon to horizon;
then the highway plunges into scenic grandeur at Palo Duro Canyon. Descend
at a moderate speed, both for safety and to absorb beauty that unfolds in
a riot of colors. In the nine-mile-wide canyon (which extends a hundred
miles from northwest to southeast) is the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red
River, a seemingly insignificant stream to have carved such an immense
gash in the Plains. Farther south the highway drops into another beautiful
gorge, Tule Canyon. More varieties of rock strata are visible, and some
magnificent sheer-faced, knife-edged buttes.
A country and western music every weekend at Hotel
Turkey, in Turkey, TX.
Turkey Jamboree at the Gem Theatre located at 217 Main Street, Turkey,
is the home of a monthly Jamboree held the first Saturday of each month
beginning at 7:00 pm in downtown Turkey. Admission to the Jamboree is
free. Dinner is served in the patio area starting at 6:00 pm, and is
sponsored by area organizations. For information contact the Turkey
Heritage Foundation, Marie Cruse, PO Box 131, Turkey, TX 79261, (806)
The Armstrong County Museum in
Claude has a number of events. See
armstrongcountymuseum.org for more information. The Rimstone Revue
is a musical variety show on the 1st Saturday of each month at 7:30 pm.
February through December, 2011, the Community Theatre will produce four
shows and five Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artists will be
scheduled. Jodie and Larry Daniels join the Gem family to produce eight
shows on the third Saturday night of each month, beginning in March and
continuing through October.
Comanche Springs Astronomy
Campus, located between Crowell and
Texas, will again host public
Star Parties beginning about March 2009. Known as the largest privately
supported astronomy campus in the Southwest, Comanche Springs provides several unique
opportunities for the public to view the universe through numerous
world-class telescopes and other distinctive astronomy gear at the campus
12 miles west of Crowell. The opening activities are held on the Campus StarField with as many as a dozen telescopes ready for viewing. Attendees
are then encouraged to roam between the telescopes and view the various
sights made available throughout the evening.
Each monthly event is attended by a
host of 3RF Volunteers from many area Astronomy clubs (including Dallas,
Lubbock, Amarillo, Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, to name a few) who explain
the highlights of the night as well as assist with actual use of the
telescopes by campus visitors.
The 40’ tall Big Dome houses the
largest privately owned refractor telescope in
Texas that is available to
the public and the unusual “roll-off” observatory actually rolls back its
roof so that additional telescopes can be set up for the public. The most
popular instruments are the 15”- 18’ refractor telescope and the
Australian battery-powered Star Chair.
Scheduled star parties begin about an
hour before sunset with solar viewing and the night’s program beginning at
dark. Picnic areas are provided and, unless overnight camping is
requested, registration is unnecessary. It is advised to watch the 3RF
website or call the 3RF office for the recorded message if weather is
inclement on the date of the Star party.
The 3 Rivers Foundation uses such
events in accordance with its mission to increase science awareness to
students and the general public. If you would like additional information
about programs @ Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus, contact:
www.3rf.org or call 940-684-1670.
Rodeos There is a rodeo somewhere nearby
all summer long. These are usually ranch rodeos where the
contestants are not professionals, but cowboys who work on the local
ranches. They are a lot of fun. Sometimes a neighbor will be
participating as was Brandt Seal in this picture from the rodeo in Groom
in 2009. Below, the cowboys are milking a wild cow. The have
to rope the cow, run her down, get the rope off, and then get milk in a
bottle -- fastest time wins!
Below is teh calendar for July through Decenber.
west Texas events, see
Wellington Fourth of July Rodeo
-- Fourth of July Rodeo takes place at the Wellington Fairgrounds
on South Hwy 83 in Wellington. For more information call the city office
Clarendon Annual Saints’ Roost
Celebration -- Each July 4 the community of Clarendon
experiences the annual Saints’ Roost Celebration and Rodeo. For more
information go to
Tulia Tule Blue Creek Bluegrass
Festival -- The Tule Creek Bluegrass Festival occurs over the
weekend after 4th of July at Tule Creek Park in Tulia, TX. The
family festival features a number of stage shows. Panhandle Bluegrass &
Old-Tyme Music Association sponsors this yearly event.
Childress Old Settlers Association
Rodeo and Celebration Friday and Saturday the third weekend in July. The Rodeo starts at 7:30 with a kids rodeo and the big
folks kicking off about 8. The Parade is on Saturday morning, July 17 at
10 am. They usually have a cattle penning competition about noon on
Saturday. There is a dance both Friday and Saturday evening. Contact
Josh Hassell 937-2349 or Sondra Hatcher 937-3440.
Crowell will hold a ranch rodeo in
The Caprock Roundup and Old
Settlers Reunion is held the second weekend in July, this event
features a parade, free barbecue, crowning of Miss Armstrong County Queen,
little Miss and little Mister Armstrong County. Vendors set up on the
square during the event and a theatrical performances are held in the Gem
Theatre. Visitors may visit the Armstrong County Museum and Art Gallery,
admission free. The ranch rodeo, sponsored by the American Legion, is held
at the Bert Wooldridge Arena in the evening and the dance follows at
Legion Hall dance pavilion. All this in the heart of Charles Goodnight
Country, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas. For information see
www.armstrongcountymuseum.org or call 806-226-2187.
Quartz Mountain Music Festival
is held annually in Granite,
OK north of Altus in July. Join them for
an intimate evening with world-renowned
Los Romeros. During this evening, enjoy the opportunity to hear the
Romero Guitar Quartet bring you a truly intimate experience of the
rhapsodic Spanish repertoire. For tickets and more information, go to
www.qmmf.org or call the Altus Chamber of Commerce at 580-482-0210.
Dalhart XIT Rodeo and Reunion
-- The XIT Rodeo and Reunion takes place the first Thursday, Friday and
Saturday of each August. The event originated when ranch hands from
the XIT decided to get together to swap stories and rodeo. Now, the
three-day festival features a watermelon feed, pork chops from Premium
Standard Farms, and each night the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
is center stage with spectacular competition. On Saturday afternoon the
world’s largest free barbeque feeds 20,000 people the best, most tender
brisket you have ever tasted with the traditional fixins’ of beans, bread,
pickles and slaw. Saturday morning brings a large street parade followed
by the growing Fiddler’s Contest at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The contest
draws competing fiddlers from several states.
XIT Rodeo, going strong for more than 70 years, there is fun for adults
and kids alike. Each evening’s dance features some of country music’s most
famed entertainers. And the LaRita Theater presents an annual melodrama.
So take a step back in time and enjoy the show, which is always sold out!
www.dalhart.org or call (806) 244-5646 for information.
August, is the
annual Quanah Rodeo at the Quanah Roundup Club Arena. Call the
Quanah Chamber of Commerce at
(940) 663-2222 for more information.
Buck Wild Days Rodeo in
Silverton August. 118th annual rodeo is an official Professional Rodeo
Cowboys Association sanctioned event. A great rodeo bull, Up In The Air,
will be one of the animals cowboys try to ride at this rodeo.
Last Blast of the Summer
in Vernon is in August.
They will have a series of antique car and tractor shows on each day with
other entertainment including music. The car and tractor shows are held
at various banks in Vernon. The final awads are on August 15.
The best rodeo in the world is the
Original Texas Ranch Roundup which began in 1981 and is held annually
every August in Wichita Falls. To be eligible to participate in the TRR, a
ranch must be selected by the Roundup Committee with consideration given
to working ranch status, length of ownership or management and historical
significance. Contestants and alternates must be full time employees of
their ranches, and they must have been employed a minimum of six months.
They ride their own horse or one belonging to the ranch. What makes the
Texas Ranch Roundup unique is that it incorporates the entire ranch family
with a cookin' contest as well as a festival including photography,
painting & drawing, furniture, crafts and western handiwork. Winners of
these events earn points that, combined with their points in the rodeo,
make up the Ranch Roundup winner.
THE 2008 RANCHES: R.A. Brown Ranch, JA Ranch, Johnson Ranches, Moorhouse
Ranch Co., Pitchfork Land & Cattle Co., Rocker b Ranch, Spade Ranches,
Swenson Land & Cattle Co., Tongue River Ranches & W.T. Waggoner Estate
THE EVENTS: Wild Cow Milking, Calf Doctoring, Ranch Bronc Riding, Team
Branding, Team Penning & Top Hand-Top Horse
The event benefits the North Texas Rehabilitation Center, West Texas
Rehabilitation Center, West Texas Boys Ranch
Bit, Spur & Western Collectibles Show- Friday & Saturday, 9am-7pm.
Admission, Over 200 Booths.
TICKETS: for ticket information call the box office at
The National Cowboy Symposium
and Celebration will be held in September at the Lubbock
Memorial Center in Lubbock, Texas, home of Buddy Holly and the National
Ranching Heritage Center. This event
celebrates the culture of the American cowboy. Events include cowboy
poetry and story telling, chuck-wagon cook off, western merchandise and
exhibits, horse demonstration, and other events. For more information,
www.cowboy.org or call 806-798-7825.
Quanah Fall Festival
is in September from 8 a.m. until midnight. Arts, crafts, food, antique
tractor and car show, games, cowboy poetry and other entertainment
followed by a street dance. Call 940-663-2222 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Wellington Peanut Festival and
Parade -- The second weekend in September is the annual
Collingsworth County Peanut Festival and Parade. Call 806-447-5848 for
Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Amarillo in. Kids will love this fair. They’ll meet a Bengal tiger,
watch shows featuring lumberjacks and pirates, be mesmerized by a
hypnotist, go wild on the carnival midway and throw themselves into the
pig races. Don’t miss the cooking contests, live popular entertainment,
livestock judging, rodeo and parade. Rodeo last three evenings of fair. Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 E. 10th Ave.;
South Plains Fair in late Sept Lubbock. This fair features a children’s petting barnyard and a
carnival midway. Livestock
judging and exhibits of creative arts, crops, agri-science and
agricultural mechanics round out the fun. Panhandle-South Plains Fairgrounds,
105 E. Broadway (next to Mackenzie Park); 806-763-2833; www.southplainsfair.com.
Annual Childress Christmas
Festival is held in
November from 5 to 7:30 pm in Fair Park. Numbers are handed out and
then you get to search for your number in merchants windows. Santa arrives
on the fire truck to the delight of all the little ones. Other events held
will be hay rides through the park, cake walk and hot chocolate. For more
info call 937-2567.
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