Bob Wills Day ’20 moved to Oct. 8, 9, 10

Bob Wills Day 2020From the Bob Wills Foundation, March 24, 2020


Dear Bob Wills Friends and Family,
Bob Wills’ music rose to prominence during the Great Depression, one of the most trying times for our country. It has brought people joy and inspiration through all of our nation’s highs and lows and now today during this worldwide battle against an unseen foe. Bob Wills’ story is a story of perseverance and hope and so is ours as the Bob Wills Foundation and Bob Wills Day.

For 48 years without fail, we have preserved and promoted the legacy of the King of Western Swing and even though we must adjust and adapt, we will continue on in that legacy. While we are sad to announce that for the first time Bob Wills Day will not be held on the “Last Saturday in April,” we are excited to announce that we have spoken to all of our musical acts and will be able to hold the 49th Bob Wills Day on October 8–10th, 2020!

After a discussion with our local and state officials, it has become clear that we will not be able to hold the event at the end of April due to the global COVID-19 crisis. But . . . the music MUST go on!!

Therefore we will be holding all of our Bob Wills Day activities with all our musical acts, dances, and performances on October 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2020. That means Jody Nix, Jake Hooker, Billy Mata, Dallas Wayne and Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys under the direction Jason Roberts will all be here to carry on Bob’s legacy of hope and perseverance in October!

We are working on something special that will still bring Western Swing to your homes on the Last Saturday in April, but for now let’s take a page from Bob’s book and look on the bright side. The music lives on and the dances will continue.

To our sponsors, THANK YOU for weathering these changes with us. To our volunteers, THANK YOU for making this event possible. To our Bob Wills Fans, THANK YOU for keeping the music alive and the dance floor full. Until October, let’s put on a little Faded Love and remember that Bob would have lit a cigar, cracked a smile and kept the show going.

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Bob Wills Days 2020 update


  1. Roger harrod on March 31, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    That is the same days of cowboy symposium in ruidoso new mexico. The same dates will hurt both of them as there is large crowds at both events. Like us we try to make both of them.

    • Editor on April 1, 2020 at 9:24 pm

      Seemed to us it was bound to conflict with something else big, in October. We’ll have to hope there’ll enough pent-up demand for enjoying travel and events this fall, though it’ll make for some difficult choices!

    • Reta Oliver on April 23, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      Ruidoso entity SOLD and they are making huge changes…virtually killing the western swing element but are adding a”rodeo”. The groups going to Turkey rather than Ruidoso are going for serious reasons, so this says a lot about what the idiots are doing in Ruidoso…..they will never be able to get it back once they realize what a big mistake they have made!!!!

  2. Adam on April 24, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    We’ll be there to dance on the slab and hear the fiddle!

  3. Bill Eastman on April 26, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Do you have the schedule for all three days? Need to make hotel reservations and trying to see how many days I need, Maybe all three, but then maybe not,

    • Editor on April 28, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      We’ll share the full event schedule as soon as we learn it!

  4. Peter A Zegler on May 17, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Iam planning on attending Bob Wills day.
    I live on Long Island in New York.
    This will be my first Bob Wills day and i wouldn’t miss it for anything.

    Any suggestions for a new comer? Place to stray, boots, 10 gallon hat ?

    I like to get involved, help out etc.

    [email protected]

    • Editor on May 18, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks for your interest! The best places to follow developments on the rescheduled Bob Wills Day are on the event’s Facebook page — and in the pages of the Caprock Courier, of course! — closer to event time. We’re not sure when details will be released, but if you’re interested in subscribing online to keep up, it’s just $5 per month or $20 per year. Let us know any other way we can help!

  5. George Hodges on September 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    I’m vendor, what do I need to do the reserve three spaces?

    • Editor on September 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm

      For Bob Wills Day 2020, you’ll need to check contact information on the event’s Facebook page. Right now we’re awaiting word on whether it will go forward for October, ourselves.

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