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Bob is Back i n Town

Live music, street performers, food and handcrafted items are just a small fraction of the fabric that weaves itself around Waxahachie as part of the Texas Country Reporter Festival. On Oct. 28, 2017, the festival once again returned to the center of downtown activity for its 22nd year. Spurred from the weekly “Texas Country Reporter” television show, the festival brings the personalities and stories found on the backroads of Texas to one central location. “We have a good mix this year of people that have been here for several years and a few new people that are coming this year. There are around 300 (booths), and we are right at 60 (booths) around the courthouse square and those are the ones that have been featured on the TV show,” said Bob Phillips ahead of the festival in 2016. “Our food court, I think, is one of the best food courts at any festival anywhere. Right there on the town square, we are going to have an incredible snow cone stand. They make their own syrup and such. It is not like any snow cone that you have had in your life.” To say the festival brings about all walks of life from all corners of the great State of Texas could very well be an understatement. For example, in 2016 the festival proudly

Annual Texas Country Reporter Festival brings over 50,000 visitors annually boasted a vendor who offered the newly statelegislature designated “Texas Cupcake.” The tasty pastry stands outs because of the pecans incorporated into its recipe. There was even a visit from Austin-based Amy’s Ice Cream, which, according to its website, started in 1984 and has more than 350 flavors in its daily rotation. While the festival typically begins at 9 a.m. on the Saturday of the weekend, the opening ceremonies normally commence at 9:30 a.m. — when Bob and Kelli Phillips are welcomed back “home” to Waxahachie. The festival changed its opening ceremonies in 2016

from the grand-entry-parade style previously used to a “Texas-sized” grand opening. “Of course, we are going to have the Waxahachie High School Cherokee Charmers involved. We will have the drumline involved,” said Laurie Moseley, director of the Waxahachie Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is going to more of a ceremony type of thing with the color guard that will present the colors, the pledge of allegiance and the Texas pledge.” CONTINUED PAGE 6


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