10 things to do for Father's Day weekend in Amarillo area

Ahead of next week's official start of summer, the Amarillo community will be hosting all kinds of events this Father's Day weekend, including a parade, celebrations, a convention and much more.

Several events are tied to the ongoing Texas Route 66 Festival in Amarillo.

Here's what's happening.

The Shops at Wolflin celebrate 60 Years on the Square

The Shops at Wolflin will celebrate 60 Years on the Square with a Route-66 themed day of shopping and fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 14. Festivities include special sales, food trucks, face painting and balloon twisters, games, a kids petting zoo, free swag and more.

More information is available on their Facebook page at facebook.com/Wolflinsquare/.

Slug Bug Ranch set to open

Matching the iconic Cadillac Ranch on the west side, the relocated Slug Bug Ranch, at 1415 Sunrise on the east side of the city of Amarillo, will have its christening event at 6 p.m. Friday as part of the Texas Route 66 Festival happenings. Braxton Keith will take the Moon Palace stage with special guest Chandler Pearson in concert. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the concert at 8 p.m.

A row of the original Volkswagen Beetles at the Starlight Ranch in Amarillo.
A row of the original Volkswagen Beetles at the Starlight Ranch in Amarillo.

The original Slug Bug attraction was built in Conroy, about 30 minutes from Amarillo, to draw visitors to the Longhorn Trading Post but then closed. Over six months after announcing a move to a new location, the Slug Bug Ranch was reconstructed just across from the Starlight Ranch Event Center off I-40 in Amarillo. It features a more tourist-friendly atmosphere with sidewalks, the original five Volkswagen Beetles, additional cars and the Big Texans' former limousines to use as canvases for visitors.

More details are on Texas Route 66 Festival website or the Big Texan Facebook page.

Fitness @ KT Black Route 66 5K Run/Walk

People can warm up for Saturday's all-day celebration with the Fitness @ KT Black Route 66 5K Run/Walk. Check-in starts at 10 a.m., with the run beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the walk at 11 a.m. on the iconic Route 66 Mother Road. Participants and guests are invited to the free Inaugural VIP After Party taking place at 920 SW Seventh, with live music by Ty Blackburn as well as food trucks, free snacks and beverages.

A classic car show was among the many activities at the Amarillo National Bank Route 66 Celebration in June 2023 in Amarillo.
A classic car show was among the many activities at the Amarillo National Bank Route 66 Celebration in June 2023 in Amarillo.
Thousands of attendees lined Route 66 at the Amarillo National Bank Route 66 Celebration in Amarillo in this June 2023 file photo.
Thousands of attendees lined Route 66 at the Amarillo National Bank Route 66 Celebration in Amarillo in this June 2023 file photo.

Route 66 Festival all-day finale celebration

The Second Annual Texas Route 66 Festival finale presented by Amarillo National Bank runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Amarillo's Route 66 Historic District. While visiting the district's eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and bars, attendees can enjoy pop-up vendor booths, various cuisine in the food truck park, live music at multiple stages, a kids' activities area, contests including the Miss Texas Route 66 Pinup Pageant and Sonic TX 66 Corn Dog Eating Contest, Elvis performers, a classic car show, VIP area and more. Admission is free.

The celebration also features numerous vendors, cooling stations, and shuttle buses from parking sites. Na'Cho Daddy's Wrestling: Super Kicks on Route 66 will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and cReaTe 66 1-6 p.m. at The Garage, 2819 SW Sixth Ave. On the interactive side, a community paint by number mural wall will be set up at The Garage, as well as a community paint car. Hoodoo Photo Activation will be at Sixth Avenue and South Florida Street, with the Arts in the Sunset Photo Activation at Sixth Avenue and South Virginia Street. The kids area will have archery tag, a fire truck, Disgo Wild West Magic Shows, Nerf gun wars, dodgeball and a dance performance. The full schedule and map can be found at visitamarillo.com/events/route-66/finale/.

Here are a few of the other events of note taking place this weekend throughout Amarillo.

The Juneteenth Parade goes down Hughes Street in Amarillo in this June 2023 file photo.
The Juneteenth Parade goes down Hughes Street in Amarillo in this June 2023 file photo.

Juneteenth parade and park celebration

The annual Juneteenth parade and park celebration is set for Saturday, June 15. The parade lines up at 8 a.m. at the Black Historical Cultural Center, then is set to head down Ninth and Hughes at 10 a.m. to Bones Hooks Park. The park celebration then begins at 11:30 a.m. Masters of Ceremony will be David Lovejoy and Chuck Williams, and the parade's grand marshals will be Judge Thomas Jones and Tremaine Brown.

More information and updates can be found on the Juneteenth 2024 Planning Committee group's Facebook page.

The parade and celebration are just part of this year's festivities, which include a historical marker presentation at Bones Hooks Park next week, multiple workshops and more.

Get Fit's mascot Sheldon holds the flag during the National Anthem at the Get Fit "Hot Blooded Run" in Amarillo in this August 2023 file photo.
Get Fit's mascot Sheldon holds the flag during the National Anthem at the Get Fit "Hot Blooded Run" in Amarillo in this August 2023 file photo.

Get Fit celebrating 15 years

Get Fit, located at 1911 S. Georgia St., will celebrate its 15th anniversary with shopping, specials, giveaways and more from 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, June 15. The store will also host group runs that morning, with a 15-mile run at 5:15 a.m. and a 1.5 mile and 5.1 mile run at 7:15 a.m.

More details are on social media at facebook.com/GetFitAma or by calling 806-350-4262 for updates.

A family looks over action figures Saturday at the Amarillo Super Mini-Con at the Amarillo Civic Center in this October 2023 file photo. The Civic Center will be host to another convention for fans this weekend, the Amarillo Collectors Expo.
A family looks over action figures Saturday at the Amarillo Super Mini-Con at the Amarillo Civic Center in this October 2023 file photo. The Civic Center will be host to another convention for fans this weekend, the Amarillo Collectors Expo.

Amarillo Collectors Expo to be held at Civic Center

Various groups and fandoms will convene this weekend for the Amarillo Collectors Expo at the Amarillo Civic Center. The event takes place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16 in the North Exhibit Hall.

Special guests include anime voice actors Vic Mignogna and Beau Billinglea, and the Sports Card Alley will have 40 plus sports card vendor tables. The event also will also have on hand Funko Pops, new and vintage toys, Pokemon cards and figures, as well as meet-and-greets and more.

Tickets for adults are $10, early bird tickets for children 12 and younger are $5, and children 4 and younger get in free; VIP tickets cost $30. Tickets and more information are at superanimefest.com/ama.

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) announced last April in the AQHA Hall of Fame Museum that the 2024 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse (VRH) World Championships will be held at the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds in June 2024.
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) announced last April in the AQHA Hall of Fame Museum that the 2024 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse (VRH) World Championships will be held at the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds in June 2024.

AQHA competition at fairgrounds

The American Quarter Horse Association invites the Amarillo and Texas Panhandle community to celebrate the American Quarter Horse and versatile ranch-bred American Quarter Horses during the 2024 AQHA VRH World Championships at the Tri-State Fairgrounds from June 16 to 22. Admission is free.

Some key days to come and visit include Tuesday, June 18, when roping and cutting classes take center stage, showcasing the versatility of the working ranch American Quarter Horse. From Wednesday, June 19 through Friday June 21, the outdoor trail course will be open, and exhibitors will demonstrate what it looks like to work in a pasture on the ranch. Then on Thursday, June 20, during Amarillo Day, they will highlight and celebrate the community. They also will have open and cowboy cow work classes in the main arena at the fairgrounds, which AQHA described as a fan favorite packed with adrenaline.

Vendors will also be on site for spectators to shop with while they visit the show.

Prize money is up 10% thanks to local partners including Amarillo Convention and Visitors Bureau, Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Amarillo National Bank and the Western Horseman Club, and entries in the Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals and Level 1 Cattle Championships have increased, which means more AQHA members visiting the Amarillo community, AQHA said. Tenth Street will be closed during the ranch trail days to showcase what it is like for ranch horses to work in their environment and simulate a real ranch.

Also for this year's show, members of AQHA staff will be on site offering "horse-pitality" to welcome members and exhibitors and offer a glimpse into Panhandle hospitality. More information is at aqha.com/disciplines/showing/shows/vrh-world.

The region surrounding the Amarillo area is also hosting various annual festivities this month, including DadFest in Hereford and Dogie Days in Dumas.

Hereford hosting its annual DadFest at Dameron Park

The 8th annual DadFest Car Show and Cruise takes place Friday and Saturday at Dameron Park in Hereford.

The event kicks off with a cookout 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Deaf Smith County Courthouse Square, with A historic picture will be taken at 12:15 p.m. as they rededicate their new grounds. The fun continues Friday with Dyno Pulls from 1 to 5 p.m., a car cruise from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and time trials 5-7 p.m.

A 5K run begins Saturday festivities at 8 a.m. at the Dameron Park Pavaillion, with volleyball and cornhole tournaments starting at 9 .m. The DadFest Parade rolls out at 10 a.m. and Roudy, the Deaf Smith County Chamber of Commerce mascot, will be leading the lineup. Businesses and churches are welcome to join the parade of cars and meet at the 200 block of Avenue H at 9 a.m. Kids Electric Car Races begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, and DadFest awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

DadFest event was established 2016 by Pastor Ted Taylor of the Nazarene Family Church to celebrate Fathers Day, with events that dads and men enjoy doing, and hot-rodders travel from all over Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona, to display their beautiful rides at the annual event, according to its website. More info is at dadfestherefordtexas.com.

Crowds from all over the Texas Panhandle lined the street for the 75th annual Dumas Dogie Days Parade in Dumas in this 2022 file photo.
Crowds from all over the Texas Panhandle lined the street for the 75th annual Dumas Dogie Days Parade in Dumas in this 2022 file photo.
Dumas High School Cheerleaders ride about the Dumas Fire Department Ladder Truck during the Dumas Dogie Days Parade in Dumas in this 2022 file photo.
Dumas High School Cheerleaders ride about the Dumas Fire Department Ladder Truck during the Dumas Dogie Days Parade in Dumas in this 2022 file photo.

Dogie Days continues in Dumas community

The 78th annual Dogie Days 2024 is being held June 12-15 in McDade Park and around the community in Dumas. The Dumas Noon Lions Club website says Dogie Days normally occurs the 2nd Wednesday through Saturday of June each year.

The annual town celebration and tradition includes a carnival, food booths, parade, town barbecue, car raffle and more. The midway and booths open at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and they will run noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and barbecue tickets and ride wristbands are available for purchase.

More information is at dumasnoonlions.com/dogie-days-and-other-events.html.

This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Amarillo area Father's Day weekend schedule packed with events

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