SAN ANGELO, TX — The annual Knicky Picky will be bringing you fun times at the Knickerbocker Community Center, 14499 S. FM 2335, Knickerbocker, TX 76939. Knicky Picky promises to be even bigger and better than in previous years. A short, scenic, 20-minute drive southwest from San Angelo will take you to the community of Knickerbocker where on a family fay of fun you can reunite with old friends, make new friends, while dining on great food, hearing good music, and shopping. It is all for the benefit of the historic Knickerbocker Community Center on June 17.
Serving the food kicks off the day with hamburger or hotdog plate lunches served. It starts at 11 a.m. Hamburger plates are $10 and hotdog plates are $5. To-go plates are available, too.
What rural festival isn’t complete without a corn hole tournament? There will definitely be one at Knicky Picky! The cornhole tournament starts at 12 p.m. Your entry for corn hole must be done before noon and the fee is $20. Payout will be 80% of the pot!
Several local vendors will be available for your shopping pleasure with a variety of products. Confirmed vendors include Christy's Whimsical Creations, Year-N-Yearout Decor, Sheka's Sweet Scents, and Nae's Creations.
Inflatables are to be set up for kids along with tables available for dominoes and cards. There are also plenty of areas to hang out in the shade and spend the day visiting with friends and enjoying all the activities happening around you.
Food Trucks are incredibly popular and there will be several from which to choose at Knicky Picky because the Knickerbocker community believes no one needs to go hungry! From 5-9 p.m. you will have a choice of great food from Ana's Tacos, The Crazy Heifer, and Sunset Slush.
Live music starts at noon with Darren Morrison who is a local favorite singer/songwriter from right down the road in Christoval. Morrison, who is former San Angelo Mayor Dwain Morrison's son, was well known before anyone had heard of his dad. Darren penned the popular ode to the most notorious bar in San Angelo, Blaine's Pub, and accredited it as the source of all of his rambunctiousness. The song is titled,“Blame it on Blaine’s.” Baptists, and even some Catholics, might call his rambunctiousness his failures. Morrison loves music so much that he built a live music stage in his backyard. The crazy thing is, his home stage has paying sponsors! Perhaps to atone for Darren Morrison’s sins, the CBC Worship team will also be on the stage that afternoon. These Gospel singers should not overlook the sins of the front man for the headliner band, either. T. Gozney Thornton & The Old Hat Band may get wild later in the evening.
Other entertainers who are developing a name in the local music scene and performing include Kyler Dean and Logan Lotz. They have been heard locally at venues such as Troubadour's Bar & Grill and the Rowena Fillin' Station Bar & Grill.
There will be something for everyone to enjoy throughout the day on the entertainment stage. Just before the official dance starts, you can enjoy country swing dance lessons provided by Susannah Mann. Susannah is a former college cheerleader, frequent dancer at country dance halls in the metroplex, and has been a private instructor creating the traditional and special wedding dance for several couples.
This year’s event will crescendo with a full-out dance party with the Grammy-nominated T. Gozney Thornton & The Old Hat Band as the headliner. “T” as everyone calls him performs a mix of Texas country, swing country and what "T" calls Tequila. This reference gives credit to the influence of the Tejano-style in his music. The Old Hat Band performs both covers and original songs. An interesting thing is you may have heard some of their original songs before and when they perform the songs live, you may think they are themselves cover songs. T has actually recorded hit singles back in the day.
The proceeds from Knicky Picky will go towards upkeep on the historic Knickerbocker School Building, now called the Knickerbocker Community Center, where the event is held each year. The building is showing its age and needs many repairs, including roof work, window replacement, and restroom facility updates.
Daytime activities at Knicky Picky are all FREE, no admission will be charged. However, there will be an admission charge beginning at 6 p.m. for the evening dance. Prices are very reasonable at $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The dance is BYOB with a $10 cooler fee. No glass is allowed.
If you’ve ever wondered where Knickerbocker Road went, Saturday, June 17 is a great day to find out! Load this into your GPS: The Knickerbocker Community Center, 14499 S FM 2335, Knickerbocker, TX 76939. For more information, or if you want to bring your food truck or be a vendor, call or text (325) 277-4376 or (505) 681-6592. Follow the Knicky Picky on Facebook.