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Cotton and Crude Festival set Saturday Levelland

Cotton and Crude kicks off Saturday morning in downtown Levelland with the Smith Auto Family parade, followed by the downtown street fair and concludes with the Cotton and Crude Music Festival that even-ing, also in downtown Levelland.

The Cotton and Crude event is new to Levelland, and transitioned from the former Early Settlers’ Day that was typically held the second Saturday in July.

For the past five years, Siders said the chamber, along with its board of directors and stakeholders, have been discussing a need to change Early Settlers’ Day.

“We had been talking about the need to change Early Settlers’ Day and started having serious conversations pre-Covid,” Siders said. “Then Covid happened and put everything on hold. But, it gave us a little extra time to prepare to make the move.”

Siders said the change of date mostly had to do with the summer heat.

We surveyed our vendors after every Early Settlers’ Day, along with our downtown merchants,” Siders said. “The reoccurring comments we received was that the crowd was dwindling. Then we looked at why it was dwindling, and it was because of the heat.”

Siders said chamber volunteers began actually taking the temperature of the pavement during Early Settlers’ Day and found it was between 130 degrees to 140 degrees.

“We were literally picking up melted flip flops off the pavement,” Siders said.
However, the day will look almost identical to Early Settlers’ Day as the day begins with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast on the corner of Avenue G and Houston Street, followed by the Smith Auto Family parade through downtown Levelland.

Splash & Dash–Register here

The Levelland Emerging and Active Professionals will host the first-ever Splash & Dash 5K Run to start the day for the Cotton and Crude Festival.

The race will begin on the south side of the Levelland Fire Department and continue to Avenue H. Runners will turn south on Avenue H and run through Lobo Park.

At Lobo Park, runners will get to experience the first of two giant slip and slides. From there, runners can choose to turn east on 13th Street to take a shorter route. run through Lobo Park.

Those who want to run the full 5K can go on to Double U Park where the Levelland Parks Department will have their “water cannon” set up.

The water cannon was originally used to water the Levelland City Park, meaning it has a long-distance reach. After going through Double U Park, runners will go east toward Avenue C, where they will turn left and run north towards 13th Street.

Runners will then be faced with the final and biggest slip and slide that will go down Lobo Hill. They will then go north through the parking lot between the Levelland ISD Administration Building and the old Lobo Stadium.

Lastly, runners will go back north down Avenue H, turn east onto 5th Street and then south onto Avenue G where the race will end at the Rotary Pancake Breakfast.

The first runner to complete the entire 5K will be awarded with the grand prize, a 40 oz. customized hydro flask.

Every runner who participates will receive a custom sticker to show they completed the first-ever Splash and Dash 5K.

Additionally, the first to complete the race who is 10 years old or younger will be awarded with a free ticket to the Rotary Pancake Breakfast. And, two additional winners will be picked randomly for tickets to the Rotary Pancake Breakfast.

To register for the Splash and Dash 5K, go online to

The race will start at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Kati Moody at (806) 894-3121, or the Levelland Chamber of Commerce at (806) 894-3157.

Smith Auto Family ParadeThe parade will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and will start on Avenue H. The parade route can be found inside today’s section.

There will be several categories for parade entries and overall, prizes will be awarded for first place, second place and third place.

Line-up for the parade will begin at 8:15 a.m.

with different areas designated for each category.
Categories include:

–Youth, 13 years old and younger, bicycles and wagons: line up at the Levelland Chamber of Commerce parking lot, located at 1101 Avenue H;

–Elected officials and municipal entries: line-up on Avenue H by Lobo Park, across the street from Tattler’s;

–Automobiles and motorcycles: line up on 11th Street at Avenue G, in front of the administration building;

–Commercial and businesses: line up on 13th Street at Avenue H, in front of the Sodexo building;

–Non-profit organizations, schools, churches and school bands: line up in the parking lot between the old Lobo Stadium and the Levelland ISD administration building, facing the south;

–All other entries: line-up on 12th Street between Avenue H and Avenue I; and

–Mounted horses and horse drawn wagons or carriages: line-up in the empty grass lot to the west of the Levelland ISD bus barn off 13th Street.

The rules for the parade include:

–No candy or other items can be thrown from moving vehicles in the parade. Candy and other items can only be distributed by people who are walking adjacent to the crowd;

–No water guns in the parade;

–No one under the age of 16 years old will be allowed to operate a motorized vehicle in the parade, including go-carts, motorcycles, four-wheelers, dirt bikes and other such vehicles;

–An adult, over the age of 18, must be on or around any float to supervise at all times; and

–Participants who walk in the parade should be prepared to complete a one-mile route in less than an hour.

The Chamber of Commerce also reminds parade participants that any entry using a horse or mule must participate in the parade as a mounted horse or horse drawn wagon or carriage entry.

All entries for the parade should be in place by 8:30 a.m. as they will be judged prior to the parade. Each category will have a winner. Awards will be presented before the parade and winners will be asked to display their prize for the public to see during the parade.

From all the entries, a “Best of Parade” float will be chosen, as well as first place, $300; second place, $200; and third place, $100.

Registration is not required. For more information on the parade, contact the Levelland Chamber of Commerce by calling (806) 894-3157.

Following the parade, vendor booths will be set up around the downtown square. The Chamber of Commerce is still seeking applications for vendors.

Street Fair

Set-up for the vendor booths will be Friday, September 24, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday, September 25 from 6 a.m. until 7:30 a.m.

All vehicles must be removed from the festival zone by 8 a.m. or will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

The parade and festival will begin at 9:30 a.m., thus cars must be out of the parade route. Additional parking is located at the former Citizen’s Bank building, one block west of the courthouse square.

Tear down of booths will begin promptly at 4 p.m., as the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an evening concert in part of the festival area.

Vendors will be responsible for providing all equipment necessary to equip their booth area, including tables, chairs, tents, extension cords, etc. Booth rent covers the space, only.

New this year will be vendor spots on the north side of the square that will be charged an extra $100 and be included as a concert food and drink vendor. These vendor hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the street fair and 6:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. for the concert.

No alcohol will be sold by vendors. No tents or trailers will be allowed in spots one through eight on the north side after 6 p.m. as it would obstruct the view of the concert and stage area.

The deadline for vendor booth applications was Wednesday, September 22. Vendors submitting applications past that date will be charged a $25 late fee, which is non-refundable. Checks are not accepted past the deadline.

For more information on vendor booth applications, contact the Levelland Chamber of Commerce by calling (806) 894-3157.

There will also be many activities scheduled throughout the day of the street fair, including games, kids activities and music.

The Krestridge VIP tent honoring Early Settlers will be set up from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the east side of the courthouse lawn.

The United Supermarkets’ kid’s area will be set up from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Austin Street.

The area will feature “Lightning McQueen” and “Mater,” as well as a mechanical bull, a “melt down” interactive castle bounce house, an obstacle course and a giant slide.

Wristbands for the kid’s area cost $6 and provide access all day for the activities listed.

The Hockley County Senior Citizens Association will recognize the 2021 Hockley County Early Settler at 11 a.m. at the gazebo.

There will also be live music throughout the day at the gazebo, featuring:

Clay Gibson, SPC alumni, playing classic rock and country music from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.;

Mariachi music by SPC alumni from 12 p.m. until 12:45 p.m.;

The Darren Welch Group, playing classic and modern rock from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.;

Madelyn Mandry, SPC student, playing country music rom 2:15 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.;

Caleb Barr,

SPC Creative Arts alumni playing country and

rock music from 2:45 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.; and

Troublesome Country, SPC Creative Arts alumni and SPC students, from 3:25 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The stick horse race will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the gazebo, and the turtle race will take place at 1

:30 p.m. on the north side of the courthouse. Both events are sponsored by Hockley County 4-H


Music Festival–Order tickets/cooler passes here

Tickets are still on sale for the Cotton and Crude Music Festival, which will take place that evening on the corner of Houston Street and Avenue H, in front of Studebakers.

Sam Riggs will headline the nd Crude Music Festival, which will take place that evening on the corner of Houston Street and Avenue H, in front of Studebakers.

show, and opening the show will be the Hogg Maulies and Slade Coulter.

Tickets are on sale now and cost $20 in advance and will be $25 at the gate the night of the event. Cooler passes are also $20 and will cost $25 the night of the event.

Tickets and cooler passes can be purchased by taking a picture of the QR code, located on any Cotton and Crude Festival flier. Buyers can use the camera on their smart phone to scan the QR code, which will take them to a link where tickets can be purchased.

The Cotton and Crude Music Festival will take place on the corner of Avenue H and Houston Street, in the intersection by Studebaker’s.

The concert will follow a full day of activities for the Cotton and Crude Street Fair and Music Festival.

The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and the music will continue until midnight.

Food vendors will be set up from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on the east end of Houston Street.

The Hogg Maulies will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and play until 8:30 p.m., followed by Slade Coulter at 9 p.m. and the headliner, Sam Riggs at 10:30 p.m.


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