Fort Stockton loves Tejano: Hundreds attend Fall Festival


They say “third time's a charm”, which became true for the third annual Fort Stockton Fall Festival this past weekend. The event had its largest turnout as hundreds gathered at the Pecos County Coliseum and Civic Center grounds to enjoy the diverse entertainment coordinated by the Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce.

The Fall Festival was once again in conjunction with the PCMH Health Fair, which kicked off the event Friday, Oct. 6. The Wine & Dine dinner seated its many patrons, and took place inside a private tent illuminated by outdoor string lights.

At sundown, the carnival lights came on and the Electric Cowboys brought the first dose of live music to town. From goat roping to carnival rides, the event provided much fun for local families and visitors alike.

Saturday, Oct. 7 saw the pinnacle of the Fall Festival's attendance. The Resonators warmed up the crowd while lines grew for the various vendors. The main event, Jay Perez & The Band, drew in an impressive audience that included some of his fans who drove into town from El Paso and San Antonio.

A multitude of lawn chairs filled up the lot in front of the Civic Center as Jay Perez's music led couples to dance in front of the stage. The Tejano singer performed past midnight, and even honored the audience's song requests and encore.

“It was great; this was our biggest turnout for the Fall Festival,” said Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Crystal Lopez. On stage Jay Perez complimented the cool desert air, and related that he and his group had a blast here in Fort Stockton.