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Heavy Rains Can’t Hold Back the Drive for a Free Breakfast

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Thanks to the rain, lines were not long.

Thanks to the rain, lines were not long.

The annual Cowboy Breakfast, the unofficial start of the San Antonio rodeo season, arrived Friday in the midst of a heavy rain. Temperatures were in the low 40s, and an icy wind sliced through the air. But none of that stopped thousands of San Antonians from showing up for some free food, coffee and a chance to party.

Space under the tents and overhangs was at a premium for much of the morning, which started at 4:30 a.m. Workers had to show up at least an hour earlier than that.

The desire to stay dry meant that while there were plenty of people on hand, few were willing to stand in line for any one food item. So, you could walk up and grab a pair of Delicious Tamales or a Johnsonville Brat, even the Pioneer Mills’ biscuits and gravy without having to wait.

Space heaters provided some warmth.

Space heaters provided some warmth.

That pleased more than a few, who would dart from their dry spots to grab a snack or a cup of McDonald’s coffee and race again for cover.

After the Cowboy Breakfasts I’ve attended in the past, I never thought I would envy the food workers. But watching them under their dry tents, near the warmth of the charcoal, made me rethink that. It just might be a good idea to volunteer next year.

Many grabbed a bite, then headed for cover.

Many grabbed a bite, then headed for cover.

The only thing in short supply was adequate trash receptacles, forcing people to stack their trash high on the few counters in the parking lot.

Time to cook the sausage.

Time to cook the sausage.

Rain can't stop a party in San Antonio.

Rain can't stop a party in San Antonio.

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