The four days of beautiful weather last week helped to draw crowds from all over the Corpus Christi-area to Robstown's Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds for the first annual Bullfest-Cottonfest.
"It is a wonderful day to spend indoors," said Errin Shortl. "We came out here to spend time with the kids. We ate and now we plan to play and have some fun."
A ribbon-cutting opened the carnival Nov. 7. Children of all ages filled the arts and crafts center right next to the carnival rides as Thursday was Kids' Day.
Rides such as the Musical Chairs, Mary-Go-Round, and even the Ferris Wheel were all full for the five-day event.
A crowd of about 3,500 people piled into the Central Pavilion Arena Friday and Saturday nights for the Bullfest rodeo. Visitors, complete with cowboy hats and boots, watched as 32 riders were bucked on the back of some hard and mean bulls.
The smell of cow manure wasn't the only thing that filled the air as funnel cakes, ice cream, turkey legs, and many other deep-fried carnival delights were served at the festivities with cold domestic beers and soda drinks to wash them down.
As the day gave way to night and most children went home to bed, the adults stayed to party and dance as each night included some kind of musical entertainment by local artists starting at 10 p.m. and continuing until one in the morning.
The music could be heard all the way out to Highway 77 as Thursday was Rock and R&B night, Friday was Tejano night, featuring Roberto Pulido y Los Clasicos music, followed by Saturday's country music by Jarrod Birmingham and Ryan James.
It was hard to sleep in past 10 a.m. Saturday if you lived in Robstown because of the loud sirens traveling downtown for the Cottonfest Parade that led from City Hall all the way to the fairgrounds. Vincent Browning led the parade riding his African Watusi bull.
About 35 motorcycles in a row traveled down Main Avenue, including several riders of the Gypsy Motorcycle Club. The Straight Clowns car club of Robstown also attended.
"We ride in several parades every year," said Straight Clowns president and founder Adolfo Bernal. "But being from Robstown, this is always our favorite."
Candy spilled onto the streets as city officials rode in cars waving at the crowds and throwing candy at the little children.
Cottonfest Queen Brittany Ramirez, Miss Junior Bullfest Erika Marzella Gonzales, and Little Miss Bullfest Angela Ann Arce were there also, riding the back of a black truck and waving to the crowd as they went by.
As Saturday came, arts and crafts boots were replaced with vendors selling everything from sunglasses and jewelry to dream-catchers and back massages.
The Gulf Coast Corvette Club was there with several cars lining the walls as was the Cat Safari, showing many kinds of wild cats, including tigers, panthers, and leopards, oh my.
This month being Native-American Awareness Month, Larry Running Turtle Salazar with the Gulf Coast Indian Confederation was there with his wife and several members drumming and dancing to traditional Native American songs.
Overall about 7,000 to 10,000 people attended the five-day event.
"We had a little less then expected show up, but we did alright this year," said Ken Faughn, executive director of the Robstown Area Development Commission. "Everybody that worked on this event this year is looking forward to another one next year."
There was no final word on how well the event did financially or if there would even be another Bull-Cottonfest, but there are high hopes.