Spring in Cleburne means outdoor festivals, family fun and competitive sports—made even better this year with the addition of the new Cleburne Railroaders minor league baseball team playing at The Depot at Cleburne Station. Grab your ball caps and head to Cleburne this spring for baseball and five more of the top things to do in the spring here.
1. Antique Alley
This spring, Cleburne (along with other several nearby small towns) will be hosting an Antique Alley show. The event attracts local businesses and private antique vendors to come together and showcase their best goods. Guests can browse through hundreds of antiques in pristine condition along with original artworks done by local talent. Live music and food vendors will also be present, making this a fun shopping and family fun event. Other participating locations include Grandview, Maypearl, Alvarado and Venus (all within a 25-mile radius). This three-day event will be held from April 20 to 22.
2. Cinco de Mayo
The Cinco de Mayo festivities are happening on May 6 this year in Cleburne. On that day, Hulen Park will be loaded with vendors selling their best Mexican imports and authentic dishes. Guests can watch live entertainment at the park including student performances, dancing horses from Ranchos Unidos, Mariachi, and live bands. Bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets and coolers and plan to stay a while. The event is free to the public and lasts from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3. Cowboy for Kids
Who said kids cannot be cowboys? Certainly nobody in Cleburne. Mark your calendar for June 2 for the annual Cowboys for Kids at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. Parents can register their kids (under age 10) to compete for prizes during the Stick Horse Rodeo, which includes a series of fun games using a stick horse at the arena. The event also includes a concert headlined by Aaron Watson, along with a Roping the Stars Dinner on Friday June 1 (at Cleburne Conference Center), where a live auction will be held during a barbecue dinner. All proceeds of this event will go to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County.
4. Shakespeare in the Park
Watch the Winston McGregor Park transform into a stage in June for Shakespeare in the Park. For two days, guests can watch the classic revival of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” live on stage. Spectators can bring their own lawn chairs and coolers of cold drinks for a comfortable experience (Food trucks also available on-site). This family-friendly outdoor theater event is a fun way to introduce your kids to William Shakespeare.
5. New Railroaders Baseball
If you know your Cleburne history, you know that the city’s baseball team garnered statewide fame in 1906 after it won the Texas League Championship. The Cleburne Railroaders had a bright future ahead of them. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen financial loss, the team was pulled from the Texas minor leagues and the Cleburne Railroaders have been in a hiatus since then. In 2017, Cleburne is a baseball comeback town. The Cleburne Railroaders are back, and they have a brand-new stadium. The minor league baseball season kicks off this spring and runs through the summer. Check out the schedule online and buy tickets.
6. Soccer: FC Cleburne
Minor league baseball isn’t the only sport that’s debuting a new team this year. Soccer fans, FC Cleburne is coming to town, too, with upcoming games scheduled at The Depot. Cleburne has a lot to look forward in 2017 with two teams sponsored by Neltex Sports Group (that also owns Texas United).
Photo Courtesy of: Ken Carmona