Back to the Beginning of Cornyval Festival and Rodeo
It all began 55 years ago, in a town that is now called Helotes, Texas. This small community had their very first post office built and what a better thing to do than throw a celebration. That celebration was just the beginning of the Cornyval Festival.
The festival was originally held downtown Helotes in front of John T. Floore Country Store right on Bandera Road. In the beginning, Cornyval started just as a carnival with food booths. Soon enough, the Cornyval Festival moved to its new grounds located on Leslie Road. The rodeo finally got to join in on the Cornyval team and take place on the new grounds in a little arena out in the parking lot. The rodeo has now moved to a different place and bigger arena on the same property. It will be the 55th year of Cornyval Festival and the 36th year of the PRCA Rodeo this year.
Having good dirt in an arena is important, Cornyval Rodeo has won best dirt of the year award. Cornyval has also made it to the top 3 of small rodeo of the year a couple times. Now, the Cornyval rodeo is more of a medium sized rodeo so we’ll see what’s in store.
The Cornyval Festival and Rodeo has grown tremendously over the years. Starting off, Cornyval was lucky to bring in 12,000-15,000 people in a 4-day event. Now they are bringing in almost 100,000 people each year! The rodeo has grown progressively year after year and keeps on getting bigger and better! The news is spreading that this is an all-time event that you don’t want to miss out on.
The Cornyval site is spacious and lush consisting of 48-acres filled with beautiful trees everywhere that makes up for good shade in the hotter months. A dance arena, rodeo area with box seats, permanent restrooms, an office and covered pavilion have been added to the property. As well as permanent booths have been built for venders/local non-profits and ticket sales. There is still so much in store for the Cornyval grounds. Things are growing and improving year after year.
Of all the construction on the rodeo grounds, the President of Cornyval, David Gray has incorporated used materials that the grounds already had and repurposed the materials. For example, he took old planks of wood from a set of bleachers and used it as a stage back drop.
All these changes are because of all the volunteers that Cornyval has. A big thank you to each and every one of you for helping make the Cornyval grounds what it is today. The grounds are available throughout the year to rent out by various organizations.