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Precursor to annual Wild Hog Weekend
The La Salle County Fairgrounds on Hwy 97 in Cotulla will open to the public Friday, October 15, for the first time in over a year and a half as music and rodeo fans celebrate Hogtoberfest, a precursor to the annual Wild Hog Cook-Off next March.
This year’s fall season festival will include a ranch rodeo competition in the American Legion Arena at the fairgrounds, and winning teams from the event will participate in the popular rodeo on the last day of Wild Hog Weekend in March.
Organizers of this weekend’s festival expect crowds to be larger than in the past, as many across South Texas have been unable before now to celebrate in large numbers, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 Wild Hog Cook-Off was canceled due to health and safety concerns.
Entertainment begins at 9 p.m. Friday in the Fairgrounds Pavilion with live music by Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers, and Vision.
On Saturday, the ranch rodeo begins at 3 p.m. in the arena, and the evening concert in the pavilion is titled ‘Urban Cowboys Ride Again,’ featuring Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee, as well as Rick Trevino with special guest Will & The Bailouts.
Food and drinks – including beer – will be sold at the fairgrounds during the weekend; visitors may bring liquor into the fairgrounds at any time but are not allowed to bring their own beer onto the grounds during the concerts.
Reserved table spaces and VIP seating for the pavilion concerts are available in advance by calling (830) 879-2852.
The event is hosted by the La Salle County Fair Association; proceeds go towards fairground improvements and additional events at Wild Hog Weekend in the spring.