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The 72nd annual Boys Ranch Rodeo is Saturday.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Summer's end brings a weekend full of activities, from the Boys Ranch Rodeo to Friends of Fogelberg concert and more.

Here's a roundup of your major options, but be sure to come back later this week for music options and more.


Boys Ranch Rodeo & Adventurefest

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Young cowpokes will compete Saturday at the 72nd annual Boys Ranch Rodeo & Adventurefest.

“Rodeo is one of the most significant events for our community each year,” said Dan Adams, president and CEO, in a news release.

Children ages 5 to 18 will compete in a variety of events, from mutton busting to bronc riding, at the rodeo on the Boys Ranch grounds. The facility is about 43 miles northwest of Amarillo on Farm-to-Market Road 1061. Tickets are $10; children ages 6 and younger are free.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m., including the accompanying Adventurefest, a family-friendly midway event with food, games, educational activities and more.

Rodeo action begins at 2:30 p.m. following a noon barbecue lunch, which is included in the ticket price.

Tickets are available by calling 800-687-3722, in person at the Cal Farley’s Campus Support Center, 600 SW 11th Ave. in Amarillo, or at the gate on the day of the event.


Goodnight Under the Stars

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It's a Lone Star love affair Saturday at the second-annual Goodnight Under the Stars event at the historic home of Texas pioneers Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Charles Goodnight Historical Center, 12 miles east of Claude on Texas Highway 287. Tickets are $100 or $1,000 for tables of eight.

The event will celebrate Texas wine, Texas food, Texas art and Texas legends, according to a news release.

The dinner will feature regionally grown Texas beef and Texas wines. Coby Carter & 5 Miles West and headliners Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys will perform for a dance, and Texas artists Jack Sorenson and Jeff Gottfried will create an original painting and sculpture on site.

Proceeds benefit programs of the Armstrong County Museum and the Goodnight center, which is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Texas Raiders

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Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress, will zoom into town for a Labor Day weekend stopover.

The Flying Fortress will be on view Friday through Monday at the Texas Air & Space Museum, 10001 American Drive at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

Cockpit tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and a limited number of 25-minute flights are available beginning at $475.

The stopover will include a hanger dance at 6 p.m. Saturday featuring a buffet dinner and music by Patrick Swindell & Pizzazz, who'll perform music from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Tickets are $35 for military and $50 for civilians. Call 806-374-2066 or 806-681-3596 or visit


Friends of Fogelberg

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As I wrote about Monday, the seventh Friends of Fogelberg concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. 

General-admission tickets are $20, which benefits prostate cancer testing and research through the Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation.

An all-star lineup of Amarillo musicians will include Anderson, Flesher & Key, Irma-Esther Borup, Charlie Clinton, Joe Ed Coffman, James Davis, Mike Fuller, Gary Guinn, Bob Hopkins, Insufficient Funds, Ken Ivey, Tony Naples, Maggie Scales, Nick Scales, Buddy Squyres, Russell Steadman, Bond Jessup Thompson, Randy Tupin, Cathleen Tyson and Robert Workman. Host is Dr. Richard Kibbey. 

Coffman began the concerts in 2008 as a way to commemorate his musical hero, Fogelberg, a popular singer-songwriter known for hits like "Longer," "Leader of the Band" and more. He died in 2007 of prostate cancer.


Crime Stoppers Car Show

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The eighth annual Crime Stoppers Car Show is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex South Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St.

Billed the "second-largest indoor car show" in the Panhandle, the show will feature more than 150 vehicles in more than 20 categories.

Organizers also will sell 3,000 raffle tickets for a variety of prizes, including a $500 gift card, milk for a year from Plains Dairy, and more.

Admission is $5 or free for ages 10 and younger. Proceeds benefit Amarillo Crime Stoppers and Student Crime Stoppers.

"We are a tool to represent and assist all law enforcement in solving unsolved crimes and in the capture of fugitives who commit crimes plaguing the area," coordinator Cpl. Sean Slover said in a news release. "Our program doesn't run off of taxpayers' dollars. It is run off of fundraising, state grants and probation fees."




Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and at on Facebook.