Tens of thousands of early risers in San Antonio will be crowding Cowboys Dancehall parking lot for some free food at the annual Cowboy Breakfast on Friday.
The breakfast, billed as the unofficial kickoff for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, raises scholarship funds for St. Philip's College's Culinary Arts Program students.
More than 300 volunteers will serve a Texas-sized menu from 4:30 to 9 a.m. that includes plenty of breakfast tacos, biscuits and gravy, tamales and plenty of coffee to wash it down.
In addition to free grub, there will plenty of entertainment for breakfast-goers, including live music by Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band, a cow chip contest, a mechanical bull ride, gunslingers from the Texas Wild Bunch and a line-up of Ford vehicles.
"We are looking forward to coming back to Cowboys Dancehall," said Chuck Cristian, board chairman of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation. "It's a great place for a free taco, live music and a lot of fun with friends and family."
The breakfast was recognized in 2001 as the World's Largest Cooked Breakfast by the Guinness Book of Records and pays tribute to the trail riders of the Old West.
The Cowboy Breakfast began in 1979 with a handful of cooks and grills in the parking lot of Central Park Mall as the sendoff for trail riders starting the annual trek to the Stock Show & Rodeo.
Free shuttle buses will run continuously to and from the Cowboy Breakfast from the parking lot of the Santikos Realto Theater, 2938 N.E. Loop 410.
Parking also will be available onsite at Cowboys Dancehall, but the lot overflows early.
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