The 11-year-old apprentice probably had no idea at the time what he would do with himself after fleeing the jeweler who mistreated him.
He stowed away on a boat heading south, and from there, he made his destiny.
That little boy was Richard King,
the founder of what would become one of the largest ranches in the world – The King Ranch.
The Annual Ranch Hand Weekend will be Nov. 16-18 in Downtown Kingsville in celebration of the King Ranch. Part of the celebration includes an “art round up” sponsored by the Texas A&M-Kingsville Art Program. It will feature steam-roller prints and other art work by TAMUK students.
This year the 159-year-old King Ranch continues its decades-old tradition with an open-gate Ranch Hand Breakfast on Saturday, and the community will be extending that celebration into a weekend event with festivities that extol heritage and legacy according to the Texas Tropical Trails Program.
“For 22 years, the King Ranch has had an open-gate once a year for a Ranch Hand Breakfast that shares the heritage and experience of life on South Texas ranchlands,” said R. Rodgers (Bob) Trescott, Downtown and Special Projects Manager. “This year, we are working with the ranch to extend their half day event into a whole weekend by adding activities before and after the breakfast centered on our downtown.”
Ranch Hand Weekend will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. with Poetry Café’ at the Centennial Bandstand. All downtown shops and restaurants are extending their hours until 8 p.m. for the event. Butch’s Steakhouse will be open until 10 p.m. There will be a cowboy photo board from Kleberg Parks, and the annual Light Up Downtown with Little Miss La Posada starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Depot.
Wildlife Spotlight Tours on King Ranch will be offered 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Supporting the Texas A&M University- Kingsville (TAMUK) senior students, Henrietta Memorial Center will have its art on display 7-9 p.m.
The Cowboys, a movie with John Wayne, will be projected on the side of 7th Street Building at 7 p.m., ending the night. The Cutest Cowboy and Cowgirl contest will be held right before the movie airs.
Saturday Morning will start with the annual Ranch Hand Breakfast at King Ranch from 7-11 a.m. Heaping plates of eggs, refried beans, biscuits ‘n gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee, and juice will be cooked and served outdoors.
Saturday morning breakfast will cost $6 per person, but ages three and under eat free. All other events are free. Saturday is full of events from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. ranging from a car show to a special performance from the Javelina Sapphires Dance Team. There will be plenty of kid activities and family entertainment all day.The King Ranch Museum and the Henrietta Memorial Center will be open Sunday at 1 p.m. to continue displaying TAMUK student art.