Annual Raymondville Picnic has something for everyone


Photo by Shari Harris
The Raymondville Picnic and Carnival had fun for all ages and interests. Youth and the young at heart enjoyed carnival rides including the Ferris wheel and swings.


Annual Raymondville Picnic has something for everyone
By Shari Harris,
Co-Publisher
Raymondville held its 68th annual celebration June 13-15, with a carnival, picnic and rodeo.
Several vendors set up in the community building, with quilts, graphic arts, jewelry and more on display and for sale.
Photo by Shari Harris
The Rhubarb Jam Band played classic country Friday night and kept dancers and the audience tapping their toes.
The Bingo pavilion had a good crowd, as did the pavilion by the rodeo grounds where the band was playing. Picnic goers could listen to the music and watch the rodeo at the same time. Dancers took to the dance floor during breaks in the rodeo action Friday evening, kicking up their heels to the band’s classic country hits.
Photo by Shari Harris
The music was right for kicking up your heels on the dance floor at the Raymondville Picnic and Carnival.
The Ozark Rodeo Association put on a good show Friday and Saturday night, and a variety of age groups competed in several categories. People crowded the bleacher seats and set up their chairs around the fence to watch the action.

Fabulous funnel cakes, giant corn dogs, crunchy pork rinds, the unmistakable delicious scent of kettle corn and other carnival foods tempted passersby moving between the music or rodeo and the carnival rides or craft fair.
Other food offerings were available from the PTO; the Missouri Lions Club had a hearing conservation test booth; and booths for the Blue Heaven Club, the Texas County Republicans and the Fire Department were manned during the event.
The Ferris wheel, swings, a slide, the Bumble B and a small roller coaster were a hit with thrill-seekers, and a horse-pulled chariot ride and car ride was there for the little ones.
The mild temperatures made it an enjoyable time for all, and the free admission and parking had cars filling the parking area. The Village of Raymondville held an all-in-one community event that had something for everyone, and did it in style.

Photo by Shari Harris
Young and not-as-young-anymore competed in the rodeo at the Raymondville Picnic and Carnival.

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