The Karnes City Rotary Club’s Lonesome Dove Fest will be Sept. 22-23 by providing something for everyone during the annual event 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 festival.
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.
Saturday events start with a Camo Run 5k at Otto Kaiser Memorial/Kaiser Wellness Center Grounds, Lonesome Dove Fest Parade that will kick off at 10 a.m. in downtown Karnes City. Parade floats, bands and other participants will travel along Calvert Street through the heart of downtown Karnes City, weather permitting. The Lonesome Dove Fest Parade has become a traditional annual event enjoyed by folks of all ages.
Musical entertainment is featured on the Lonesome Dove Fest stages, and a wide variety of food and beverages are available to visitors. Exhibits of all kinds are on display including arts and crafts booths and items of all kinds for sale. Inflatables and other games and activities are available for kids including traditional favorites such as the Stick Horse Rodeo and Kids Camo Contest.
One of the main attractions at the festival is a team sporting clays competition. The team shoot provides an opportunity for participants to compete for prizes and bragging rights and, for those interested in hunting, includes a dove hunt with area landowners. A celebrity challenge five-stand clay target event will pit the shooting skills of media members against local and state officials.
Saturday night Lonesome Dove Fest culminates with a dance featuring The Natalie Rose Band from 9:30pm until midnight.