Livin' it up in Abilene, Western Heritage Classic style – ReporterNews.com
Greg Jaklewicz Abilene Reporter-News Published 4:38 PM EDT May 11, 2019 What’s a little mud to a cowboy or cowgirl? By Saturday afternoon, the Taylor County Expo Center parking lots were full and folks as thick as cattle on the grounds, as rainy overnight rainstorms gave way to a pleasant and mild day at the 35th
What’s a little mud to a cowboy or cowgirl?
By Saturday afternoon, the Taylor County Expo Center parking lots were full and folks as thick as cattle on the grounds, as rainy overnight rainstorms gave way to a pleasant and mild day at the 35th Western Heritage Classic.
The smells of leather, campfire cooking and, yes, horse droppings were prominent as folks who live the cowboy life 24/7 mingled with those who maybe were getting a first taste of western life. It’s where you could leave with a saddle or a horse or with just memories and cellphone photos.
Western singers and fiddle swingers provided the soundtrack.
The morning featured the Stickhorse Rodeo on one end of the new livestock barn and the horse sale at the other. It was agreed that a good stickhorse goes for a lot less than a good ranch horse.
This year’s Classic concludes Sunday with a cowboy-style church service at 9 a.m. at the pavilion.
Then it’s happy trails, until we meet again … next May.
Rain or shine.
Cripple Creek outfit wins chuckwagon cookoff
Cripple Creek won the food competition and was third in wagon presentation to win the WHC Chuckwagon Cookoff on Saturday.
Second was Scorpion and third was Express Ranch.
Thirteen outfits competed at the Taylor County Expo Center grounds.
Express Ranch was tops in wagon points, followed by Breakaway and Cripple Creek.
Cooks were judged on meat (chicken-fried steak), potatoes, beans, bread and dessert.
Winners were: Rockin A (meat); Rainey Creek (potatoes); Scorpion (beans); Express Ranch (bread); and Brushy Creek (dessert).
Cripple Creek did not win a food category but was second in beans and dessert, and fourth in meat, potatoes and bread.
Cash prizes were given through fifth place.
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