“We always try and change things up a bit,” says Texas Outlaw Challenge organizer Paul Robinson of the upcoming installment of the extravaganza, set for June 24-28 in Kemah, TX. The event, which features parties, bikini contests, bike rallies, awards and on-water fun (see schedule below), has had a proven record of expanding and improving on the more “show-stopping” elements of the Shootout—and the 2020 Challenge is shaping up to follow that trajectory.
The theme for this year’s event is Return of the Champions, according to Robinson, and that will entail highlighting many of the past Shootout winners in a few significant ways. Past winners have included Vern Gilbert, Bruce Bullock, Kenny Armstrong, Gary Smith, Kenny Mungle, Michael Lee Lockwood and Brad Schoenwald.
Robinson said the 2020 Street Party will be bigger and better, as will Armstrong’s world-famous pool party. “He has some new big additions, but he’s not sharing them just yet,” Robinson chuckles. “He’s making them a surprise.” Those familiar with Armstrong’s blowout know that he’s down to do anything during his off-the-hook bash. “He always comes up with something Texas-big for his party,” Robinson says. “Last year it was a money drop—he dropped $1 million worth of Outlaw Dollars that people collected to use a casino the next evening. Nothing would surprise me—he could have a ferris wheel and circus there, for all we know.”
Friday evening, the event will debut a new venue, Barge 295, which will host an outdoor concert for the public. “It will be a new water festival kind of thing,” Robinson says. “We’ll also be having our usual Miss Outlaw bikini contest there.”
Following up on last year’s Challenge, dealership Marine Max will host its Saturday-night “Outlaws to the Max” finale gala and awards ceremony at its expansive facility in Seabrook, TX, which includes a huge showroom, patio and private marina. “They have welcomed us back,” Robinson says. “They spoke very positively about what a great crowd we had and encouraged us to go bigger this year on their property—they’re doubling the casino tables and doubling our bar capacity. We’re expecting more than a thousand people there.”
Robinson added that he would be welcoming back all of the key sponsors back to the 2020 Challenge, much of which takes place on Clear Lake, and that registration for the 2020 event is going briskly and ahead of schedule.
Below: the 2020 itinerary. For more information, please visit texasoutlawchallenge.com.