The King Ranch Saddle Shop will host the fourth annual Fiesta de Paloma next Saturday to kick off the opening of dove hunting season in Texas with free food, live music, vendors and craft demonstrations.

“It’s the south zone dove hunting opening weekend,” Rose Morales, general manager of the King Ranch Saddle Shop, said. “So our hunters can go out and hunt, and then come out and enjoy the good food and good music with our local community.”

Started in 2016, the event began in the parking lot of the Saddle Shop, Morales said. She said Fiesta de Paloma soon outgrew that location and now encompasses “the entire block.”

“We wanted an event where we could educate people about wildlife and conservation,” she said. “We were initially going to have something inside the store, and it turned into something bigger.”

The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 200 block of E. Kleberg Avenue in Downtown Kingsville.

“The reason that we have the event (at that time) is so our hunters can go out to a morning hunt, and then come in for lunch and go back out for an evening hunt,” Morales said.

Vendors will include YETI, Chippewa Boots, Game Guard and more. Morales said a King Ranch biologist and ornithologist will be on-hand during the event as well to answer questions about wildlife and hunting.

Returning from last year’s event will be the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief trailer, featuring a “Wall of Shame” display with mounts obtained through illegal poaching that were confiscated through the OGT program.

“It’s a really interesting exhibit,” Morales said.

Live music will be provided by the band Serjio and Ropin’ the Wind.

“They’ve opened up for Dwight Yoakum and Randy Rogers,” Morales said. “It’s good country and western music.”

For children, activities include rock wall climbing and bow hunting.

Brisket sliders, tamales and beverages will be available during the event free of charge, Morales said.

The King Ranch Saddle Shop is located at 201 E. Kleberg Ave. in the John B. Ragland Mercantile Company Building in Downtown Kingsville.

For more information, visit KRSaddleShop.com.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at aruiz@king-ranch.com or (361) 221-0251.

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