I have been aware of and interacted with the homeless, street people and hobos in Amarillo since the mid-1960s. The hobos who used to camp out under and near the Line Street overpass over the former Rock Island Railroad line were among my favorites to talk to and learn from. Changes in railroad shipping practices since then have all but eliminated the notion of "catching a freighter" to travel cross-country.
The street people of Amarillo today have their own reasons for their state of affairs. Some actually choose to live in tents or makeshift shelters in the same location for years. This is the case with "Papa" Wayne, a Vietnam War vet I have known and interacted with for more than a decade.
I doubt there are many traditions in the Texas Panhandle that have been observed every year since 1888. Independence Day celebrations and rodeo in Canadian, Texas is one example and if there are others, I would like to hear about them!
I attended the parade and filmed all the participants. I edited the video down highlighting each entry to shorten viewing time.
I first covered the Oldham County Roundup in Vega Texas during 2004 shooting stills and video. I have covered many annual county celebrations throughout the Panhandle and I declare this one is one of my favorites.
For visitors, I recommend arranging for lodging in Vega for Friday night. The following video clip starts with the BBQ and street dance Friday evening then finishes up with highlights on the courthouse square.