The first ever Cattle Baron's Ball 'Stateline Stampede' to benefit the American Cancer Society was held this past Saturday, Oct. 5 at Bandana Ranch FM 1397 in Texarkana, Texas. A very enthusiastic crowd of more than 500 people attended on what turned out to be a very chilly night outdoors at the Cattle Baron's Ball. The event was very impressive. Riders on horseback greeted attendees and helped them park.  The grand entrance featured a real life stagecoach from Wells Fargo. The grounds at Bandana Ranch were completely transformed into what appeared to be an old western town. In fact, with all the western themed building fronts and props it felt like some back lot on a Hollywood movie set.

It was really cool how the organizers of the event tied everything in together for the theme of Boots, Bangles and Bandanas. There were western themed beer and wine stands set up throughout the grounds and a real live old wooden saloon style bar inside one of the tents.

The food was absolutely delicious and was prepared by Eddie Deen Catering of Dallas who specializes in cowboy cuisine. The buffet style dinner featured fajita's, sour cream enchiladas, pinto beans, loaded mashed potatoes and an avocado bar. The ribs and brisket were my favorites and the meat was so tender it just fell off the bone.  Oh, did I mention the homemade peach cobbler and Blue Bell ice cream for dessert?

Of course, the band Dagnabbit entertained the crowd during dinner and Sam Shupak played a set for the VIP's huddled in one of two tents on the property. In addition to all the activities that evening, there was a silent auction and a live auction headed up by Crystal Prince, one of the event organizers.

The night ended with a concert by Grammy-nominated country artist Emerson Drive as fans danced the night away in front of the stage. Linda Lilly with the American Cancer Society got a personal serenade on stage by the band. Happy to say the threatening rain in the area held off and the night turned out perfect for the first Cattle Baron's Ball in Texarkana. Big thank you for all the hard work everyone involved put into making this festive event a reality. It was well worth it!

Here are a few pics from the event.