Alpine, Texas Community Guide 2019/2020 | Page 8

Alpine, TEXAS 08 ANNUAL Alpine Events Favorite events are celebrated by locals, visitors Big Bend Livestock show The annual Big Bend Livestock Show provides students in FFA and 4-H programs in Brewster and Jeff Davis counties an opportunity to show their lambs, pigs, goats and steers. The Livestock show occurs each January at the Alpine FFA facilities near Alpine Middle School. Learn more on their Facebook page at Big-Bend-Livestock- Show-Association Lone star cowBoy Poetry gathering Sul Ross University hosts The Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering - a two day event that celebrates the lives and traditions of the working cowboy through poetry, stories, and music. Students, professionals, artists, and, of course, cowboys and girls, converge from around the region to share their pieces that try to capture the diverse range of experience in the Big Bend. Up to ten sessions run concurrently throughout the day, and are free to all. The 32nd annual Lone Star Poetry Gathering will be held on Feb. 21-22, 2020. Visit traPPings of texas - see page 14. suL ross sPorts From baseball to track and field, basketball to tennis to football, sports fans can keep busy cheering for the Sul Ross Lobo teams. Events throughout the school year. Learn more at 160-miLe uLtra marathon A 160-mile ultra marathon - Combining hiking, trail-running and overnight camping - through Big Bend Ranch State Park. Runners meet up in Alpine, and celebrate the end of the race at our own Big Bend Brewing Company – November 2-10, 2019. More information: trans- heart of aLPine Heart of Alpine nights happen four times throughout the year, when downtown businesses stay open extra late and band together to create an inviting, pedestrian-friendly downtown atmosphere. Events are scheduled by the Alpine Downtown Association to coincide with Big Bend Ranch Rodeo in August, the City of Alpine December parade and tree lighting, the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in February, and the Alpine Gem and Mineral Show in April. Big Bend gem & mineraL show Each April, the Chihuahuan Desert Gem & Mineral Club brings this free event to Alpine. Rock hounds and amateur geologists will answer questions about unique rocks and gems on display and you’ll see spectacular agate collections, finished jewelry, ready to set gemstones and other unique items. Learn more at aLPine cowBoys BaseBaLL Baseball, Apple Pie and Alpine! Come out and support the local professional team at historical Kokernot Field. Season begins each May. Learn more and see a schedule at cinco de mayo A local tradition – 25 years and counting – brings a wonderful enchilada dinner, themed parade, music and dancing from the Civic Center to Kokernot Park. Join the festivities at the 26th annual Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 2020. fiesta deL Barrio Kick off 4th of July weekend with an all day celebration July 1. Fiesta del Barrio begins with a traditional parade through the streets of east Alpine, and the day ends with a car show, live music and dancing at Medina Park. Find details at fiesta-del-barrio/. fourth of JuLy ceLeBration A parade and fireworks bring fun and excitement to the beautiful summer evenings of July. Celebrate Independence Day in Alpine!