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Kaufman Fall Cabooodle Fest 2006

 

The City of Kaufman hosts the festival each year on the last weekend in October. This year's festival is scheduled for October 28th & 29th. The festival is held in the City's historical Central Business District commonly known as the Courthouse Square. The theme for this year is Kaufman's Salute to the Texas Cowboy. We strive to provide a fun-filled event that will entertain the entire family throughout the whole weekend.

The Texas Top Guns will simply amuse you with their hilarious rendition of the Old West mixed in with slapstick comedy routines complete with audience participation. The way in which they interact with the spectators while they are leading the parade down Washington (main) Street is definitely a sight you do not want to miss. Their performances will be held approximately every two-hours throughout the two day event.

Who could forget the charming ladies with the Class Act Tap Company from last year's festival especially when they had members of the Texas Top Guns, Kaufman Fire Department as well as the audience perform the Chicken Dance with them? Back by popular demand, the Class Act Tap Company will be performing a skit with the Texas Top Guns on Saturday afternoon, October 28th.

What would a festival be without a classic car show? Mr. Larry Boggini has been hosting the Kaufman Fall Car Show going on ten years now (excluding last year's car show). Larry truly loves his classic cars and has entered numerous shows himself all over Texas and the surrounding states. The car show will be held on Saturday, October 28th, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex Building parking lot located directly across from Sonic Drive-in on East Mulberry Street (Highway 34). There is a $20 entry fee. The grand prize winner will receive a completely rebuilt Chevy V-8 engine. Free goody bags and dash plaques will be given away to the first one hundred entries. Not to mention, door prizes and cash prizes will also be given away throughout the day along with a 50-50 drawing and a poker walk as well. For the early birds, free coffee and donuts will be given away the morning of the show. Back by popular demand, Freddie Rand and his band will be performing for your listening enjoyment. Larry sure knows how to show everyone who enters a good time. You may contact Larry Boggini at (972) 932-8593 for more details.

Believe us when we say the parade is an event all by itself. During last year's festival, the parade lasted around ninety minutes from the time the police escort car entered the Courthouse Square until the last horse came strolling in. Honored state and local dignitaries; numerous school and local organizations; Kaufman High School's Marching Band; St. Ann's Matachine Dancers; and the Racy Reds from the Red Hat Society were just a few of the many entries in the parade last year. The parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. from the Kaufman High School parking lot. It travels north on Washington Street, half way around the Courthouse Square, down West Grove Street to Houston Street and ends back at the KHS parking lot. With the festival's theme being Kaufman's Salute to the Texas Cowboy and with Kaufman being amongst ranches and farms, who better to serve as the grand marshal than Kaufman's own Wes Stevenson. We are very proud to acclaim, Wes is ranked second in the world in bareback riding so far this year and was ranked third last year, according to the Professional Rodeo Association's standings. Accompanying Wes will be some of his pro-rodeo friends and a whole congregation of local rodeo talent and the everyday, working cowboys in the community. It is absolutely free to enter the parade. Entry forms are available at Kaufman City Hall or by clicking on the following link - parade entry form. For more details, please contact Carolyn Long at her office (972/962-6004).

As a parade spectator this year, you may be curious as to why there are so many motorcycles in the parade. The reason is the first annual Kaufman Scarecrow Run (motorcycle rally) is slated to take off from the American Legion Post #165 shortly after the parade concludes. The approximate 150-mile course plotted out for the run will take the riders through the beautiful countryside of Kaufman County ending back at the American Legion in Kaufman. For the $20 entry fee, the motorcycle enthusiast will receive a t-shirt, a goody bag and the satisfaction of knowing all proceeds minus expenses will benefit the St. Luke's Medical Clinic of Kaufman and the Texas School for the Blind. Sharla Bain-Vrzalik is spearheading this event and you may reach her at (214) 801-8588 to receive more information.

After the parade procession leaves the Courthouse Square, the festival really flourishes with the hustle and bustle of crowds after crowds of festival visitors. Festival attendees will find over 150+ booth spaces ranging from antiques; amusement activities and games; arts and crafts; a cowboy market; food; and business and product demonstration exhibits. Did we mention Hip-Hop Amusements would provide amusement rides this year?

New to the festival this year is the Kaufman Has Talent Show from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th. We are seeking talented individuals to perform for no longer than three minutes each. The first place winner will receive a $500 cash prize with second place being awarded $300 and third place receiving $100. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 16th. For more details, call (903) 286-9225. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message for them to get in touch with you.

The last event scheduled for Saturday, October 28th, is the Street Dance. Swing to the music of Texas Underground as they perform their mixture of Texas country music and a little light rock. Texas Underground's band members consist of Jimmy Bounds, Dale McCarty, Chip Murrey and Paul Sisson. The dance will be from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the streets of the Courthouse Square immediately following the Kaufman Has Talent Show.

Last but certainly not least, the Kaufman Dog Show will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 29th. The Dog Agility Demonstration will kick the show off at 1:00 p.m. followed by Meet the Breed at 1:30 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., Best Trick, Best Costume, Smallest Dog, Biggest Dog and Owner/Dog Look-ALike contests will all take place. The Dog Obedience Demonstration is scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m. with the Dog Rally winding down the show around 3:30 p.m. The Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project will be on sight that day to microchip your beloved family pet for a very small fee of only $10. What a deal! Susie Moore may be reached at (972) 962-6388 for more details.

Our goal is to show our festival visitors as well as our vendors a fun-filled time while they are here. Attendance at last year's festival was estimated to be anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000. Taking into consideration the numerous events and stage performances slated throughout the two-day festival as well as the numerous advertisements, the attendance at this year's event is projected to be 15,000 to 20,000. We encourage visitors to our community to enjoy Kaufman's down home, country charm and way of life as much as we do.