The Cattle Baron’s Ball

So yesterday was the big day…The Cattle Baron’s Ball…no little mice to help get me ready, no fancy dress, no pumpkin carriage….just a 4 Runner and my Prince Charming. And a lot of rain….. :/ I had really looked forward to this. My dream bubble burst as soon as we walked through the dry, perfectly suitable barn to board the second bus of the evening to drop us off at the far edge of the Southfork Ranch pasture. The reason they had to drop us off at the far edge of the pasture is because there was about 6 inches of mud between the “road” and the leaky tent. But I figured once Emerald City started playing my happy bubble would return. But no, that didn’t happen. Instead we made our way to our table. Table #111. We got to the tables…table 94, 104, 47, 24…WTH??? That would have been way to simple to put them in numerical order. When we finally found someone to ask where our table was, she finally found it…it was a row of chairs tucked behind the tables. Apparently when they decided to squeeze everything under the tent half the tables had to be moved. Lucky us!!! So we ate our barbecue in our laps and sat our drinks in the mud cup holders at our feet. After dinner, as I anxiously awaited Emerald City, they started the auction. It lasted until 10:00, then they started the Raffles…and we left! No Emerald City, no Blake Shelton, just a long walk back through the mud and rain. There were a lot of really ticked off people and it was miserable and uncomfortable but it was all for a good cause….the American Cancer Society. Hopefully this didn’t scare away any future donators, like the guy behind us on one bus ride that was beyond mad that he had paid $50k for this again and that this would be the last time. I didn’t get many pictures because there wasn’t much to take pictures of and because my camera was getting wet but here ya go….

The s’mores bar that I never got to visit. It had pink & white marshmallows, white & dark chocolate, sticks for roasting and of course, graham crackers. It was really cute. (and dry, one of the few dry things)

If you look past the s’mores bar you can see the wonderful mud pits. Trust me, they are a lot deeper than they look.

My Luchese boots after we made it to the tent.

Larry Hagman in the white hat (J.R. Ewing) and Josh Henderson (John Ross) from the TV show Dallas. Someone with us got to meet Josh while I had gone to get a drink. That would have been the highlight of my night. Instead the highlight was Deborah Ferguson from NBC news and the lightsaber yielding auctioneer…

He was pretty entertaining though. I wish we could have helped him out by bidding $50k+ on something but Johnny said no. Blake Shelton went for $15k+, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show $75k+, Lunch with the Dallas cast $30k and a Jeep for $65k+ and many, many others.

My Prince Charming (minus his muddy boots). Megan is still upset that I wore the hat. She thought I should have just worn the tiara, so I’m wearing it today.

The Swag Bag….hat, t-shirt, ear buds, koozie, water bottle, sippy cup, bbq sauce, bottle opener, $25 Pappas Bros Steakhouse gift card and a duffle bag.

Hindsight….I should have worn my leopard print rain boots!

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Awesome Rock Star Cowboy Hat with Cross