Plans are underway for the Llano County Heritage Festival this fall, on and around the courthouse square sponsored by Llano Main Street. This year the event will be held October 15, 16 and 17. The Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-off will be at that time in Badu Park, on the north side of the Llano River Bridge. Fourteen authentic wagons will roll into Llano Friday October 15 and set up their campsites to get ready to prepare their meal. The judging will be Saturday morning, with the meal ready for the public by 12:00 noon. Meal tickets are $15.00 and are available through the Chamber of Commerce, 325-247-5354.
A very special attraction this year will be Don Edwards, composer, balladeer, and Cowboy Hall of Fame icon, and dubbed the voice of the American cowboy, he will have a concert here Saturday, October 16 at the LanTex Theater at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $12.00 and $15.00 at the box office. For ticket information call: Llano Chamber of Commerce 325-247-5354, Nail Head Spur, 325-247-2589. and Enchanted Rocks and Jewelry, 325-247-4137.
The 2nd Llano Ranch Rodeo at the Llano arena will start Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. with wild cow milking, team sorting, trailer loading and branding. There will be a dance following.
The square will come alive Saturday afternoon, as The Brazos Bottom Cow Ographers will be on the square both days with fun entertainment and gun fights. Events that have tentatively scheduled are our vendors, food, living history, a quilt show, courthouse tours, antique photography display, a period dress contest, and music on the square both days. Saturday performances scheduled are John Arthur Martinez starting at 12:00, followed by Floyd Domino and friends with the beautiful songs by Manny and Teru to end the day. Sunday music TBA and will be local Llano flavor. This festival has been a fall event wince 1998 when the courthouse square was placed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The authentic stagecoach that was here during The Texas Proud Festival will be back for rides on the north side of the Llano River through Saturday noon, then on the south side for Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The Red Top Jail will be open for tours, with a jail break for sure. Our focus, of course will be Llano history and hope different pioneer communities will have displays. We encourage everyone to dress in period costume which adds to the authenticity of the festival. Come and have a fun filled adventure in Llano third week-end in October.
For vendor and other information, please call the Main Street office at 247-4158 Ex 209. Also check www.llanomainstreet.com and www.llanochuckwagoncookoff.com. or if you need lodging refer to www.llanolodging.com.