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Thousands turn out for Cowboys For Heroes at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

By Steve Elliott | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | April 14, 2018

On a picture-perfect San Antonio day, thousands of aficionados of chuck wagon cooking and general cowboy-style fun turned out for the annual Cowboys For Heroes at the MacArthur Parade Field at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 14.

Kids got enjoy a petting zoo with everything from tortoises to prairies dogs to porcupines and alpacas. Spectators were thrilled by the expert horsemanship displayed by Jerry Diaz and family, while children enjoyed pony rides, art and crafts, and a hayride, among many activities.

And, of course, there was food. Oh my, was there ever food! If you and your posse were in the mood for meat, this was the place to meet in San Antonio.

Around a dozen and a half authentic chuck wagons from all over Texas were there serving up tons of grilled meats and all the fixings. Whether you enjoyed your vittles barbecued or chicken-fried, in a stew or in a tortilla, there were few people in the hungry and appreciative crowd that went away with empty bellies. 

"It was a great event this year at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston," said Charles Norris from Cowboys4Hereoes. "We had 17 chuck wagon teams and more than 200 volunteers who fed more than 8,000 military members and their families authentic chuck wagon-style meals to say 'thank you' for everything our military does and sacrifices for us."