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photo by Eric Pohl

Texas leads the nation in cattle production and projects a rough-and-tumble mystique about ranch life. City slickers and old ranch hands alike can celebrate this heritage at the Ranch Hand Festival, Nov. 16-18 in Kingsville and on King Ranch—the largest ranch in the Lone Star State. Downtown Kingsville gets festive Friday evening by lighting the Christmas tree followed by a street dance. Head out to the working King Ranch on Saturday morning for the Ranch Hand Breakfast—a hearty cowboy and cowgirl breakfast fit for a hard day’s work, served outdoors—plus team-roping demonstrations, storytelling, music, bird-watching tours, and wildlife tours. The festival caps off Saturday evening with a holiday-themed performance by the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra and a headliner country concert.

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