The weekend is kicking off with a lot of things happening around the Panhandle to keep you and the family busy.
First on the agenda, a Masonic Cross ceremony will be take place to honor former Texas Ranger and famous cattleman Col. Charles Goodnight for his service as a ranger. He was a ranger in the 1860's. The Former Texas Ranger Association and Foundation will be placing a Texas Ranger Masonic cross at his gravesite. Retired Texas Rangers from across the state will be in attendance for this special ceremony. The cross that will be placed on his gravesite was created by Kevin Johnson of Clarendon. The ceremony is Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Goodnight Cemetery in Goodnight.
Next up is the Range Riders 5th Annual Rope for a Cure event which is to help raise funds and awareness for Type 1 diabetes. From Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th, Range Riders are welcoming young and old to experience the art of roping at the Range Riders Indoor Arena at 313 W. Loop 335. Roping schools will be avaiable for beginning ropers and open roping contests will take place for professionals and amateurs who want to put their roping skills to the test. Team roping starts at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Saturday night is the Cowboy Ball and Dinner. Music for the Ball will be provided by Casey Berry and the Live Texas Mosquitoes. The evening will also include the manager of Rascal Flatts. Tickets are $200 a piece. You can call Jerry Don Thompson for tickets at (806) 681-3171.
Snack Pak 4 Kids is calling all volunteers to help pick corn to help families in need. It was just 6 months ago when Wildorado, Texas farmer David Cleavinger donated land and planted corn to benefit Snack Pak 4 Kids in their effort to keep hungry children fed. But this time they're expanding it to include families in the Palo Duro, Tascosa, and Caprock Clusters. Corn picking will start at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning and will last until about 11:00 a.m. To help, just show up at the field. To get there take I-40 West to Wildorado and take exit 49. Turn left or south on FM 809 and go under the overpass. Go about 4.3 miles south on FM 809 and the entrance to the filed will be on your left. There will be a sign on the fence to help direct you. After the corn is picked semi-trucks donated by Affliliated Foods and Baldwin Distribution will take the corn to several school locations for anyone to pick up for free. The schedule is as followed:
Sanborn Elementary at 1:00 p.m.
Rogers Elementary at 2:00 p.m.
Eastridge Elementary at 3:00 p.m.
Margaret Wills at 1:00 p.m.
Carver Elementary at 2:00 p.m.
Alice Landergin at 3:00 p.m.
Dumas has several events happening. The 7th Annual Cowboy Classic Rodeo is happening Friday and Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. but other fun family events like muttin' bustin' start early. Events are taking place at the Moore County Rodeo Arena. Tickets at the gate are $10.00. Across the street at McDade Park is the Dumas Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is hosting it's second BBQ. 34 teams are cooking up a variety of meats for the public to eat for free on Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m. A fiddle contest will start at noon, CC Drifters will play Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m., Agave Posse will play Saturday at 5:00 p.m., and Zak Wilkerson will play Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Over at the Moore County Courthouse Square at 715 S. Dumas Ave. is a car show to benefit the local MS Society. Show starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and goes until 3:00 p.m.
In Pampa, they have their 67th Annual Top O' Texas Rodeo happening Friday, and Saturday night. Typical rodeo events are planned with muttin' bustin' added. The rodeo starts both nights at 7:00 p.m. You can get tickets at the gate. In conjunction with the rodeo days celebration is the G2X Energy BBQ Competition. It's happening Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Pampa Rodeo Grounds. It's a child abuse awareness event. It will feature not just great BBQ but live music, games for all ages, a duck calling contest, and horseshoe tournament.
The 7K HOPE run/walk will be held at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument will be held on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. benefiting the American Cancer Society. The race will begin and end at the Alibates Visitor Center, located on Cas Johnson Road off Highway 136.