These Boys and Girls Want To Fry You Some Chicken
It’s time to wipe the dirt off your boots and polish your belt buckle! The 57th Annual Stonewall Peach Jamboree, Parade and Rodeo is Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16. There’s a rodeo and dance each night. Josh Ward is performing Friday night and The Bellamy Brothers are performing at the dance on Saturday.
The Peach Parade meanders through town Saturday morning at 10. And the boys round here know how to dress up a tractor. Garrison Brothers will have a Vikings and Virgins float in the parade and we’re sponsoring the bull riding at the rodeo.
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner is going down on Saturday, June 16 from noon to 4 at Garrison Brothers Distillery in gorgeous Hye, Texas. For the uninitiated, Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner is our annual celebration of everything Hye along with our sister city, Stonewall. Immediately after the Peach Parade, at noon, everybody is invited back to Garrison Brothers Distillery for a fried yard-bird lunch in our barrel barn. Come early though because we WILL run out of chicken and lunch is first come, first-served.
If this all sounds hokey as hell to you, well, it is. This is the eighth year in a row that we have held Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner immediately after the Stonewall Peach Parade to raise money for the Hye Preservation Society. This will be the best and biggest chicken dinner yet and we are expecting more than 500 guests. We’re going to have two parties underway simultaneously.
The Barrel Barn Hoedown will feature the live whiskey and wine barrel auction as well as live music by Mark Powell and Lariat. Six of the prettiest painted bourbon barrels you’ve ever seen will be auctioned off. The barrels were bought at the auction last year and have been painted by local artists. We’ll also offer an Afternoon in Hye gift package, which is a tour of the area aboard a Cellar Rat Wine Tours shuttle, featuring lunch at Hye Market, a wine tasting at William Chris Vineyards, a tour and tasting at Garrison Brothers Distillery, and an afternoon of cold beer and burgers with friends at The Albert Ice House and The Pig Pen.
The second event is for more respectable types like my wife. It’s our Garrison Garden Party out on the great lawn in front of our gift shop. Underneath the live oak trees, and an enormous, well-ventilated tent, we’ll have a washer pitching tournament and acoustic music from our friend Scooter Pearce.
At both parties, you can eat all the chicken, potato salad, cole slaw and biscuits and gravy that you want. The parties are BYOB though we’ll have some beer there. We’ll also be drinking wines from William Chris Vineyards, lemonade, iced tea, peach-bourbon tea, and of course, plenty of good bourbon.
Guests attending Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner can choose to have their lunch served at the Garden Party or in the Barrel Barn. If you choose an All Access Pass, you can eat at either location. But whichever wristband you choose, you are still welcome to move between the parties throughout the day. We’ll have our Polaris Ranger, a couple of golf carts, and the Hayless Hay Ride ferrying guests up and down the hill.
As always, it will be hotter than hades, so the dress code is casual/half-naked.
To make a reservation for Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner, click here.
You can learn more about everything going on in Stonewall and buy event tickets to the Stonewall events at http://www.stonewalltexas.com/
We hope to see ya’ll there.