Everything you remember about Labor Day weekend meets extreme entertainment at Super C Lake. The second annual Labor Day at the Lake is set for Sept. 3-5 near Dublin.
Last year was the first year for retired PBR bull rider Adam Carillo to host his music festival and many additions have been made to this year's line up. Adam has added to his concert and barbeque cookoff not just one or two new attractions, but dozens of activities that will appeal to any age. New features this year include PBR bull riding, motocross, horseshoe and washer tournaments, wakeboarding and more.
"What we're doing is gigantic. There is normally a bull riding and one band concert. We've got it all," Adam said.
The concert lineup includes more than 20 Texas country music artists including Larry Joe Taylor, Rich O'Toole and Kyle Bennet. Music will begin each day at 2 p.m. and will carry into the night. Many of the artists are no stranger to Erath County, calling it their home as they tour across the state.
"I'm really excited about our line up," Adam said. "We've got bands from Stephenville and all over that are known all around the country."
The mainstage music is enough to satisfy most people, but not Adam. Since the end of last year's event, he wanted to add more to the schedule. He didn't know, however, that the perfect expansion idea would come from a Texas music artist.
"I was in Granbury watching a Rich O'Toole concert," Adam said.
Afterwards, while signing autographs for fans with O'Toole, the two got to talking. That's when "Rich planted the seed for bull riding at Super C Lake," Adam said.
O'Toole suggested that Adam add an amateur bull riding to Labor Day at the Lake.
After mulling over the idea, Carillo sought the advice of long-time friend and retired bull rider, Ty Murray.
"When I told him about the idea the first thing Ty told me was: 'your not amateur Adam, you need to go PBR!'" Adam said.
The idea began taking shape and Adam and his twin brother, Gilbert, worked together to bring PBR to the lake.
The Gilbert Carillo Invitational Bull Riding, presented by 8 Second Saloon, is slated for Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission to the bull riding is included with general admission for Labor Day at the Lake.
PBR is attracting many well-known bull riders currently in the standings to Stephenville next weekend. Guilherme Marchi, LJ Jenkins, Edinei Caminhas and McKennon Wimberly are just a few of the big-name competitors confirmed to compete.
There are only 30 riders allowed in the short round, but Gilbert promises that spectators "will see 30 of the best riders there are."
There are also several locals competing, including many championship riders from Tarleton State University.
The men on the bulls are not the only ones good at what they do - the bulls are too.
Gilbert is bringing his bull, Carillo Cartel, which is in the top 10 running for PBR Bull of the Year. Carillo Cartel had a bounty of $5,000 on him, which increased a short while ago.
"It has been raised to $10,000 after recent success at making the riders unsuccessful," Gilbert said.
Carillo Cartel has only been ridden twice before and both times ended with a score more than 92. If one of the riders can complete an eight-second-ride this weekend, he will walk away with a $10,000 check.
For the ever-enthusiastic fan, the bull riding event continued to evolve, adding more excitement to Labor Day at the Lake.
After the PBR event held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, which featured motocross entertainment between rides and during breaks, the Carillo's didn't hesitate to pin the Pinn-It-Riders to their schedule.
Adam said fans enjoy the highlight at PBR events.
"It's real exciting," Adam said.
The motocross has been such a hit at PBR and other events that Adam is having performances in between music acts as well.
"We're now doing something like what took place at Cowboys Stadium, but we've got a lot more (activities) and have Labor Day and the lake as our backdrop," Adam said.
It might have been hard for anyone else to fit more activities on the already-packed schedule, but Adam did it.
On Saturday, there will be a barbeque cook-off sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. Categories include chicken, brisket and pork spare ribs. The cook-off will put the culinary abilities of competitors to the test on grills and smokers and officiating judge Brenda Gloria will help festival participants decide who to crown winners. There is special festival admission and camp pricing for participants, and 100 percent of the entry fees will be distributed among the winners.
The Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity has partnered with the Carillos to host the horseshoe and washer tournament, which will be held at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
"The tournaments are going to be a lot of fun," Chantry Rayl, a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, said. "We've built new sand, horseshoe and washer pits so that everyone can play and have a good time."
There will also be volleyball tournaments, wakeboarding competitions and fishing throughout the day.
The landscape of Super C Lake has changed drastically over the past year, in addition to the new horseshoe and washer pits, a volleyball court, bull riding arena, sand beach on the lake and full RV hookups have also been installed.
Adam is proud to have an event like this in Erath County.
"It's about putting on a production that is entertaining to everyone," Adam said. "Where else can you be fishing on the lake, watch PBR and enjoy a full music festival?"
For tickets, directions and more information visit www.superclake.com.