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Lonesome Dove Fest celebrates 21 years
A shooter takes aim during a clay target competition as part of the annual Dove Fest celebration in Karnes County.
KARNES COUNTY -- The Karnes City Rotary Club’s Lonesome Dove Fest will celebrate 21 years of family fun Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, by providing something for everyone at the Karnes County Youth Show Barn grounds on U.S. 181 between Karnes City and Kenedy.
Celebrating the start of dove hunting season in the south zone, as many as 8,000 hunters and their families attend the annual festival.
“The showing of support for this event is to benefit the youth in our area and continues to grow each year,” said Karnes City Rotary Club member Charlie Thompson. “Having a family-oriented event with a lot of people working together is what the Lonesome Dove Fest is all about.”
In its third year will be the Black Gold Shootout scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19, beginning at 1 p.m. The shootout will consist of a five-member, five-stand clay target competition between representatives of companies related to the oil and gas operations that have moved into the area.
Funds from the main events of the Lonesome Dove Fest have allowed the Karnes City Rotary Club to award 12 scholarships to seniors from each of Karnes County’s four high schools, including two scholarships specifically dedicated to vocational students.
One of the main attractions at the festival, a team sporting clays competition, will be held Friday from 5 p.m. until sundown, and then again on Saturday from noon until sundown. The team shoot provides an opportunity for participants to compete for prizes and bragging rights, and includes a dove hunt with area landowners. A celebrity challenge five-stand clay target event pitting the shooting skills of media members against local and state officials will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Heart of Texas DockDogs organization will present a canine aquatics competition and shows where trained hunting dogs will display their extraordinary talents in retrieving from a large water tank set up on the youth show grounds. Competitions happen at 4, 6, and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and then at 10 a.m., noon, and 2, 4:30, and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Admission is free before 8 p.m. on Saturday, and $10 after 8 p.m.
“This is not just for hunters,” Rotarian Randy Witte emphasized, “but for families -- for everybody!”
For more information, including schedules and applications to participate, visit www.lonesomedovefest.com, www.facebook.com/LonesomeDoveFest, or call Witte at 830-780-3314, Benny Lyssy at 830-583-5775, or Thompson at 830-620-8815.
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