Dogie Days is an annual town celebration and tradition that includes a
carnival, food booths, parade, and town barbecue. The climax is the
raffling of a new vehicle on the midway Saturday night. 2015 marks the 69th annual celebration.
The name Dogie comes from a motherless
calf, pronounced "Dough-gie," as in the cowboy phrase "get along little Dogie."
Dogie Days first began in 1946 to help meet commitments made to the
Llano Estacado Boy Scout Council to aid the Don Harrington Ranch home for
Scouting in Amarillo. It evolved from an event called the Dumas Annual Old Settler's
Reunion and Rodeo. Today, the Dumas Noon Lions Club donates the proceeds to
local charities and buys eyeglasses for needy people. Proceeds also go to certain Lions
causes such as the Leader Dogs for the Blind and the Texas Lions Camp for handicapped
kids to name a few. In 2014, the Dumas Noon Lions netted over $103,000 dollars in
proceeds for charity. They also fed approximately 6,000 people at the town barbecue,
roughly half the population of Dumas.
Dogie Days is sponsored solely by the Dumas Noon Lions Club. The latest ranking put the Dumas Noon Lions club as the 10th largest club in Texas and the 5th largest club in the world. Members man the food and game booths while the carnival rides are operated by an independent carnival operator. No outside
organizations are allowed to run booths.
Dogie Days normally occurs the 2nd Wednesday through Saturday of June. The midway and booths open at 6:00 P.M. Wednesday through Friday. All nights begin with a $25.00 wrist band for the rides. The midway and booths open at Noon 12:00 P.M. Saturday afternoon (after the parade) and closes down at ???(Midnight).
Dogie Days is held in Dumas, Moore County, TX. Population 15,000. The carnival, midway,
the booths, and the barbecue are in McDade Park, which is on the very south side of town,
north of the football stadium.
There is no admission charge to the event but BBQ tickets are $10.00 until day of BBQ, then go
up to $11.00 the day of BBQ. Chances on the pickup are $5. (As of 2015)
Dogie Days General Facts:
First Dogie Days was held July 31-Aug 3, 1946.
It evolved from what was formerly called the Dumas Annual Old Settler's Reunion and Rodeo.
It was sponsored by the Dumas Noon Lions Club in an effort to meet commitments made to the
Llano Estacado Boy Scout Council to aid the Don Harrington Ranch home in scouting.
7600 pounds of meat is cooked in a covered pit with 15 cords of wood for 24 hrs.
40 gallons of barbecue sauce
800 pounds of beans
200pounds of onions
228 gallon cans of peaches
300 loaves of bread.
Approximately 5,000 to 6,000 people are fed at the barbecue every year.
14,500 hamburger patties are ordered each Dogie Days.
Approximately 8,000 cans of soft drinks are used each year.
2500 pounds of potatoes are cooked into Curley Q fries.
5760 cans of biscuits are deep fried into rooster eggs or approximately 57,000
individual rooster eggs which they normally sell out every night.
Hot Dog Wagon
600 hot dogs are sold.
Approximately 32,400 tickets are sold for a chance on the vehicle each year.
A vehicle has been given away continuously since Wayne Smith became ticket chairman in 1972
when Smith and Wayne Edwards put their heads together to come up with a 1972 Plymouth Duster
give away that year. The first vehicle ever given away was approximately in 1957.