The lead up to the 69th annual Kleberg-Kenedy County Junior Livestock Show begins Friday in Downtown Kingsville as this year’s exhibitors, FFA and 4-H clubs and queen’s contestants show their American pride in the 2020 Livestock Show Parade.
“It’s the opening of the livestock show,” parade superintendent Cynthia Bustamante said.
The annual parade traditionally kicks off the KKJLS events held through January and early February.
This year’s theme is “Dreams Do Come True Under the Red, White and Blue,” which Bustamante said allows the participants a lot of creative freedom with their floats.
“It’s very open-ended,” she said. “It can be patriotic, or it can be about what their dreams are. It can go a lot of different ways, and I’m excited to see what the clubs have put together.”
Exhibitor floats will be eligible for the Grand Champion award, and there will also be awards for Best Queen Candidate Float and Most Spirited Float. The final award is the Grand Marshal’s Award, selected by this year’s grand marshal, Darrell Lynn Pray.
Bustamante said she would accept entries until 15 minutes before the start of the parade as long as participants fill out and turn in the parade’s general release and hold harmless agreement beforehand.
“And anyone from the community is welcome to join,” she said. “I’ll be around the courthouse area waiting for people to turn in their forms, and they’ll have until 5:15 p.m.”
The parade route will begin in front of the Kleberg County Courthouse at the intersection of 11th Street and E. Kleberg Avenue. From the courthouse, the route will travel west on E. Kleberg Avenue and end on Pvt. Daniel Alarcon St. between Kleberg Bank and the 1904 Train Depot Museum.
Kleberg-Kenedy County AgriLife extension agent Frank Escobedo will act as emcee for the parade at the judge’s table.
The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 and is estimated to last about 30 minutes.
KKJLS activities will continue Saturday, Jan. 18 with the Queen’s Contest starting at 7 p.m. at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Jones Auditorium. The Pee Wee shows will be held at the J.K. Northway Coliseum at Dick Kleberg Park on Jan. 24 and 25, with junior livestock judging scheduled from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1.
For more information or to register to participate in this year’s parade, contact Cynthia Bustamante at (361) 228-1288. Parade documents are also available online at kkjls.com.