(Note: This story originally appeared in the Jan. 17 print edition of The Pioneer)
The Pecos County Livestock Show and Premium Sale Auction had a bigger ending than ever before as the two-day event closed with a free concert inside the Pecos County Coliseum. Taking the stage first was The Dirty River Boys, who had a slew of instruments including some that were covered in skunk and raccoon skins. The four-man band built up the crowd's energy as couples stepped out to dance in the dirt floor arena.
“I really enjoyed The Dirty River Boys performance,” said attendee Armanda Gonzalez. “Each band member was so talented. I never got bored watching them. The fiddle player was my favorite and I really liked their rendition of the Charlie Brown Christmas song from Snoopy.”
Following the Dirty River Boys was headliner Kyle Park, who turned the Coliseum into a giant dance floor as he played some of his originals as well as some popular country classics.
“The concert was a fun time,” said City Councilwoman Pam Palileo. “We had family come all the way from Austin for it. Both bands put on a hell of a show. It was a great way to top off the Livestock Show!”
The event was sponsored by the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) but had much involvement from various entities. Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Director Remie Ramos was hands-on during the event and commended the concert as being a collaborative effort.
“From an economic development standpoint, any event that brings people to our community increases our sales tax revenue,” said Ramos. “It is great to see that our City, County, and 4-H officials were all able to envision something and work together to achieve it.”
CVB Director Crystal Lopez was pleased with the massive crowd that filled the Coliseum and said, “It was such a great success and we’re going to be meeting with the Livestock Show committee to see how we can keep this going as an annual event.”