The Sundown on the Square event is taking shape and will be bigger than last year featuring everything from wine tasting to rodeo activities, world champion cowboys, an art exhibit, Western craft vendors, mechanical bull and music on Saturday, Oct. 8, in downtown Stephenville.
“We’re focusing on the Western heritage of Stephenville, so we’re going to honor a lot of the world champion cowboys,” said Marion Cole, SOTS committee member and coordinator. “We have so many who live here in Stephenville and some of the retired ones have already said they would love to be there.”
Mayor Kenny Weldon will honor the cowboys with a special presentation during SOTS.
The event will once again be in conjunction with the annual By Gone Days on the Bosque that takes place at the Stephenville Historical House Museum.
“Since we’re known as the Cowboy Capital of the World, each year we’re going to try and focus on a by gone era of Stephenville,” Cole said.
Proceeds from this event will go toward a brick street initiative for the road that runs by the Stephenville Historical House Museum’s Oxford House and the Bosque River Trail. The project is estimated to cost $60,000 to complete.
“We just want to encourage people to come out to the event, enjoy it, have a good time and just support the community,” Cole said.
SOTS will also feature a raffle where people can win a variety of paintings, prints and even a handmade belt buckle. Raffle tickets will be $10 each or three for $25 with a pre-sale on those starting mid-August.
“We did this last year, but we only had two paintings, this year we’ve got several and some still in the works,” Cole said. “Ruth Buzzi is going to donate one of her prints; we have a Russell print that was donated by Craig Beman; then we’ve got a Robert Summers print; and then David Farkas, he’s going to donate a belt buckle to the raffle as well.”
Live music will also be featured at the event with CB Sutton and Michael Martin Murphy, who was booked by Doug Montgomery of Texstar Ford. Jimmy Chew will once again be the master of ceremonies making announcements in between performances.
A kids area will also be set up with bounce houses, face painting, a photo bull (instead of photo booth) and a new addition, Rodeo Zone sponsored by Twisted J.
“This gentleman in Saginaw - he himself is a world champion team roper - and he just has this mind of how to build robotics,” Cole said. “So he builds these robotic animals and he’s going to set that up.”
Other features will include a wine and cheese tasting tent (wrist bands will be sold), food trucks and Western artisan vendors.
This year’s committee members are Metta Collier, Marion Cole, Patricia Weldon, Jeremy Allen, Julie Crouch, Cathy and Steve Erck, Dorothy Farrar, Tessa and Rhett Harrison, Donna Hendershot, Sherri Knight, Kelijon Nance, Cindy Stafford, Joyce Whitis and Dianne Wilson.
“The city is helping a lot, Erath County is involved and of course the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce, they’re all three going above and beyond to help with this,” Cole said. “One of the things that made our event so successful last year was the volunteers. Without our volunteers, none of it could have happened.”
For more information, to donate or become a sponsor, visit the SOTS website at www.sundownsquare.com.
Those looking to volunteer can contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 254-965-5313.