Palomino Fest bringing music, carnival and rodeo

by Kimberly Rubio, assistant editor

The 22nd-annual Palomino Fest will take place at the Uvalde County Fairplex this weekend, beginning today (Thursday, Aug. 30) and ending Sunday (Sept. 2). In addition to a performance by Los Palominos, there will be a community parade, professional rodeo and carnival.

The first-annual Palomino Fest began in 1996 as a dream by local musicians Los Palominos. Since then, the three-day extravaganza staged in Uvalde has allowed the group to donate more than $175,000 in student scholarships.

Pre-sale weekend mega passes are available at Oasis Outback, Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau or online,, for $15. Mega passes will be good for all three days.

Otherwise, daily admissions at the gate is $12 per person. Children 10 years old or younger will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Musical acts will be set up on the Bud Light concert stage for performances Friday through Saturday.

Uvalde rock band SURGE, a blend of AC/DC and Greta Van Fleet, will kick off the musical entertainment with a 7:15 p.m. concert on Friday, followed by The After Party at 8:30 p.m.

Whole Lot of Led and Friends: A Tribute To Rock will take the stage at 10 p.m.

SURGE was formed in January of 2018 when brothers Luke and Matthew Sagemuehl paired up with sibling rockers Kat and Daniel Martinez at Studio 3.

The After Party Band performs the Top 40 hits of today and years past, while the rock tribute band brings David Lee Roth, Janis Joplin, Guns N’ Roses, Kid Rock, Bret Michaels, Alanis Morissette, Stevie Nicks and Ozzy to one stage in one night.

The lineup for Saturday includes Retoño, at 7:15 p.m.; David Farias, 8:30 p.m.; Dezigual, 10 p.m.; and A.J. Castillo, 11:30 p.m.

Retoño is a band made up of brothers Samuel Jr., Salomon and Pablo Ramos, along with cousin Armando Ramos Villela. The band’s music is classified as Tejano with a touch of Norteño. David Farias also plays Tejano music.

Dezigual is made up of twelve individuals. The band uses trombone, trumpet and saxophone to produce a unique cumbia sound.

A.J. Castillo is a Latin artist known for his unique accordion sound and style, energetic live performances and his custom accordions.

Next Sunday, Sept. 2, Joe Lara Y Grupo Xprezzion will perform at 5 p.m.; Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers, 6 p.m.; Mister Chivo, 7:30 p.m.; Los Palominos, 8:45 p.m.; and Grupo Bryndis, 10:15 p.m.

Joe Lara Y Grupo Xprezzion is based out of Mathis and composed mainly of friends and family. The band is in the Tejano music category with a progressive Conjunto music style.

According to Ricky Naranjo, music by Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers is filled with emotion and powerful lyrics that are easily relatable.

Mister Chivo, a six-member band, plays Tejano music.

Los Palominos is made up of Arreola brothers Johnny, James, Julio, Jorge and Jimmy. The band has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. Los Palominos won the award for Best Tejano Performance with “Por Eso Te Amo” in 1999. They were nominated in 2001 for Best Tejano Album, “Obsesion,” and Best Norteño Album, “Me Enamore De Un Angel.”

The band has also previously won two Latin Grammys, in 2000 and 2007 for Best Tejano Album, and has been nominated several times.

Grupo Bryndis consist of members Andy Zuniga, Mauro Posadas, Gerardo Izaguirre, Claudio Montano, Mauro Posadas Jr.


The rodeo will take place in the arena and begin at 7 p.m. each night, Thursday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 2.

The Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned event will include bull riding, tie-down calf roping, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, women’s breakaway roping and women’s barrel racing.

On Sept. 1, mutton bustin’ will take place. Children can participate if they are between the ages of 4 and 7 years old and weigh no more than 55 pounds.

The fun-in-the-sun themed Labor Day Weekend parade is set Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. in downtown Uvalde.

The parade route will begin in the 1000 block of North Getty Street, travel south to Nopal Street and turn east, ending at the Willie De Leon Civic Center parking lot. Parade lineup begins at 8:30 a.m.


The carnival will be open to the public on Thursday and last until the final day of the festival, Sunday, Sept. 2.

On Thursday, all rides will cost $1 each. The carnival will open at 5 p.m. and close at 10 p.m.

All-you-can-ride armbands will cost $25 per day, but discounted $20 per tickets are available exclusively at O’Reilly Auto Parts.

On Thursday, Friday and Sunday, the carnival will open at 5 p.m. and close at midnight.

On Saturday, the carnival will open at 5 p.m. and close at 1 a.m.

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