Cross Timbers Trails- Spring/Summer 2013

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Cross timbers trails

Volume 2, Issue 1 spring/summer 2013

Your Guide to the eight counties of the Cross Timbers area

Last Picture Show Take a Sip

Brazos Drive-In Survives Extinction

Winning Wines in Comanche

Belly Dancing Benefits Local Community

Jammin’ at the Rink Life as a Cowboy Capital Rollergirl

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Sweet Sounds in Glen Rose

EXPLORE A TOWN FUELED BY COAL. BUILT BY BRICK. AND DROWNED BY 0IL. SEE A REAL TEXAS GHOST TOWN COME BACK TO LIFE. It was the largest town between Fort Worth and El Paso—yet it was owned by a single company.

It was the most important mine site in Texas. A major manufacturer of paving bricks. And located near the oil field that helped make Texas a worldwide giant in petroleum production. It was one of the first cities in Texas to be totally electrified. And one of the few towns in the country to be totally unionized. It was Thurber, Texas.

And, by the 1930s, it was gone.

Now, the famous ghost town of Thurber comes back to life—at the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas. Through artful reconstructions, historical artifacts, period photographs, interactive exhibits and video displays, you can relive Thurber’s unforgettable journey from boom town to ghost town.

FOR THEM, IT WAS WORK. FOR YOU, IT’S PURE PLEASURE. Stop in and enjoy a fascinating presentation of the industrial pioneers of Texas, and take a break from the Interstate to explore an era that is gone but will never be forgotten. Be sure to visit the “Made in Texas Shop,” where you can buy a wide variety of items that are manufactured in the Lone Star State.

Make plans now to visit the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas—and mine a remarkable period in the annals of the state.

The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas Museum and Visitors Center is made possible by the generosity of Mrs. W.K. Gordon Jr., Texas Department of Transportation, Erath County, Tarleton State University, Tarleton State University Foundation Inc., and the W.K. Gordon Jr. Foundation.

Public welcome! Museum hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm O Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm Planning a retreat, family reunion or workshop? We have spaces available!

Exit 367 (Thurber/Mingus) from Interstate 20. The W.K. Gordon Center is on the south side of I-20.

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The mission of the W. K. Gordon Center is to preserve, document and research the industrial history of Thurber and the state of Texas and to interpret its influence on the people of Texas.

In This Issue 26

11 Best in Steak 13 Lovers of the Weird Flock to Granbury 18 Tribute to Hayley Burns 20 Follow the Red Brick Road to “Unexpected Treasures” 23 The First Hilton Hotel 25 Entertainment at the Track Cross Timbers Counties

Comanche Somervell Hamilton Hood Bosque Palo Pinto Eastland Erath

Crafting fine cheeses at Veldhuizen Cheese Farm. Photo by Andrea Beare.

Cover Stories 06 Winning Wines 09 Dulcimer Festival Brings Sweet Sounds to Glen Rose 14 Belly Dancing for a Good Cause? ...Yes! 16 Last Picture Show: Granbury’s Brazos Drive-In Survives as One of the Last of its Kind in Texas 28 Jammin’ at the Roller Rink

Letter from the Editor I am pleased to bring you the third edition of Cross Timbers Trails magazine. This issue is bursting with information about each of the eight counties: Comanche, Somervell, Hood, Hamilton, Bosque, Palo Pinto, Erath and Eastland. You will find features about events, people, entertainment venues and more that you may not have realized are this close to home. Or, if you are just passing through our part of Texas, you may find something worth stopping to see. Being a dependent of someone in the military, I’ve been all around the United States, so I have always known that everywhere you go is different. However, the position as

Rhyland Pittenger

editor for this magazine is what really taught me to appreciate the fact that anyone can go a mere mile outside of his or her own town and find a whole new perspective there. I hope more than anything you learn how unique each county is, and about how much all of these hidden gems throughout the area have to offer. – Megan Kramer

Contributors Staff Writers

Andrea Beare, Breezey Clark, Caleb McCaig, Ian Troub, Megan Kramer, Monét Gerald, Rafael Sanchez, Sametria’ Taylor, Savannah Trantham, Trevor Peele


Andrea Beare, Megan Kramer, Sametria’ Taylor

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Aimee Kanode, Alexandra Parrott, Erica Calhoun, Heather Sims, Kelsey Pharr, Kemi Adedoyin, Kendra Geer, Kristy O’Keefe, Robyn Tanter, Ryan Cox, Sara Heard

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inning Wines by Trevor Peele

ust out on Texas Highway 16 in Comanche, Brennan Vineyards is thriving. Established in 2001, Brennan Vineyards continues to perfect the best tasting wines in Texas and grow in tourism. It all starts with location, and this vineyard is in the right spot. The vines happen to be growing at the junction of the two most acclaimed winemaking regions, the legendary Hill Country and the Texas High Plains. Wine taste comes from the color and flavor of the grapes. Being in such a great location, the rich soil, warm days, cool nights and semi-dry growing season produce a diverse selection of grapes that thrive in the Lone Star climate. You will find different classics such as Cabernet and Syrah, as well as wines growing in popularity like Viognier and Nero d’ Avola, which both grow on Newburg vines. Now 37 acres of grapes lay across the Comanche plains. Pat Brennan, owner of Brennan Vineyards, has joined together with two other winery owners from different parts of Texas: Kim McPherson, owner of McPherson Cellars in Lubbock, and Gene Estes, owner of Lost Oak Winery in Burleson. Together these three owners have managed to collaborate and bring 4.0 Cellars to Fredericksburg. “We wanted to have a winery in the heart of wine selling

in Texas; Fredericksburg is the most popular place for that,” Brennan said. Brennan Wines can be found at 4.0 Cellars in Fredericksburg, along with wines from the rest of the collaboration. Photo courtesy of

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Brennan Vineyards obtained a permit to make wine at McPherson Cellars when demands got high, which led to the

idea of a new winery. “The three of us are all from different points, Fredericksburg connects all of us, that is how we came up with 4.0 Cellars,” Brennan said. Brennan wines have been recognized in prestigious international competitions as being world-class. “It takes time and dedication; I love wine and I know others do as well, so I try to put out the best wine possible,” Brennan said. “Our 2010 Viognier wine won gold medals at the Los Angeles International and the Riverside, Calif., International.

Every year our wines win multiple awards and it just reflects on what we are here for.” Since 2007, Brennan wines have won 27 awards, including double gold, gold, silver and the grand star award. They have also been awarded different titles like best of class, Texas class champion and top Texas wine. If world class wine doesn’t bring you out, then think about drinking wine in a historical landmark. The tasting room of the McCrary House was built in 1879 and is one of the oldest houses still standing in Texas. “We have between 500 to 1,000 people pass through our tasting room a month,” Brennan said. Stepping into the house you feel that sense of elegancy that comes from the wine, and the soapstone bar puts you in the old tasting rooms of Europe. As Brennan said, “We sell sophisticated wine with Texas roots.”

The McCrary House is a designated landmark by the Texas Historical Commission. Complimentary wine tastings are Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Wine dinners are also held here on the second Friday of every month. Photo by Megan Kramer.

Vineyards owner Pat Brennan and his wife. Photo by Megan Kramer. | 7

events & county info Gustine Homecoming, Rodeo & 5k Gustine Rodeo Grounds & Main St May 23 – May 25 Comanche Rodeo and Parade Rodeo Grounds & Hist. Downtown July 19 – July 20 Barnie McBee N Central TX Regional State Championship BBQ Cookoff Comanche City Park September 28 Comanche County Pow-Wow Comanche City Park September 28 – September 29 First United Methodist Church Harvest Festival FUMC Comanche October 12

Annual De Leon Peach & Melon Festival

Comanche County In1995 Jason Schayot, a junior at Southwestern University in Georgetown and a descendant of one of the two grocery store families in De Leon, spat his way into the record books. At the town’s annual Peach and Melon Festival, Schayot entered the watermelon-seed spitting contest and hurled a seed 75 feet 2 inches. That beat the previous world record by more than 7 feet and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. This year more watermelon-seed spitters can try to break that record as De Leon holds its 99th Annual Peach and Melon Festival from Aug. 6 to 10. This fun-filled week includes tractor pulls, a Miss De Leon contest, a parade, a “42” dominoes tournament, gospel music, Spanish dancing, a 5K/10K “Watermelon Crawl” run, melon slicing and judging of cake and fruit entrees. Food booths, vendors and a carnival will be set up the entire week as well. Come enjoy all the free watermelon you can eat during the seed-spitting contest. A full calendar of events is available at For more information, call (254) 893-6600, or email – Andrea Beare

Historic Downtown and Around Trick or Treat Downtown Comanche October 31 Founded in 1856 Cities: Comanche, De Leon, Gustine County Seat: Comanche Population: 13, 765

The 1940 festival queen Zannette Stephenson with some of nature’s bounty. Photo courtesy of

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ulcimer Festival Brings Sweet Sounds to Glen Rose by caleb mccaig


very year during Mother’s Day weekend, musicians from all around flock to Oakdale Park in Glen Rose for a weekend of music during the annual Lone Star State Dulcimer Festival. The music spans genres and depends on the people who come and wish to play. Nationally known performers such as Cathy Barton and Dave Para, Bing Futch, Jim Miller, Dana Hamilton and others will take the stage this year May 10 to 12. Mike Jeter, an attendee for more than 20 years, says “There’s everything between a 16th century harpist to jazz and gospel.” Much of the music has a rhythm you can tap your foot to, or even find a partner and dance. “Around 60 percent of the music is something you can dance to, similar or originating from Appalachian music,” Jeter said. The musical lineup usually includes a few headliners who bring out the crowd, but they’re not necessarily the main attraction. Anywhere you go in Oakdale Park during the festival, you are bound to see multiple jam sessions between local artists or festival attendees – no stage, and the people may not even know each other. If you have an instrument, you’re likely to start up a tune with another individual. The festival’s roots are unique. Around 30 or so years ago, according to Jeter, “Two men who were woodshop teachers from Mansfield were visiting Oakdale Park with their significant others and had started an informal jam session underneath a tree in the park.” This started a chain reaction of people showing up and playing the music they wanted to, and started what is now the Oakdale Park’s biggest festival of the year. If you play an instrument of any kind, you are encouraged to bring it.

Bing Futch brings his unique blend of music, drawing from African and American Seminole Roots and talent on the Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, to Glen Rose. Photo courtesy of Bing Futch.

Not only is there music at the festival, but there are also vendors who sell crafts and goods for those who attend. These goods include musical instruments, food and even custom ballpoint pens. “The Dulcimer Festival is something that is a great family atmosphere and is something for all ages,” Jeter said. “If you hear something during the festival and don’t like it, then walk a few feet in a different direction and you’ll probably find something you do like.” For more information, visit or | 9

Somervell County Mom’s Free Day Dinasaur World May 12 Photography Tour Fossil Rim Wildlife Center May 25 Art On The Square Historic Courthouse Square June 15 Dad’s Free Day Dinosaur World June 16 Paluxy River Fall Bluegrass Festival Oakdale Park October 3-5 Heritage On The Brazos Somervell County Expo Center October 4-5 Fine Art, Funk & Fabulous Junk Art & Antique Show Historic Courthouse Square October 11-12

After falling into a state of disrepair, Oakdale Park and its swimming pool, “The Plunge,” were rescued by the city of Glen Rose. The city renovated cabins and cottages, installed modern RV pads, updated utilities and gave the pool all new lining and tile. “The Plunge” was dug in 1925 and holds 330,000 gallons of water, making it one of the oldest and largest pools in Texas. According to the Oakdale Park website, people did not have access to many pools in the early days and most didn’t even own swimsuits, but at Oakdale Park anyone could rent a swimsuit for a quarter and admission to the pool was a nickel. Daily rates for the pool now are $5 for adults, $3 for youth under 18 and free for children under 3. You can also buy individual or family season passes. To check when “The Plunge” is open for the season, you can visit Regular hours during the season are: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Sundays 10:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays for cleaning (Except for major holidays) – Megan Kramer

Take “The Plunge” at Oakdale Park

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Founded in 1875 Cities: Glass, Glen Rose, Nemo, Rainbow County Seat: Glen Rose Population: 8, 598

Oakdale Park’s swimming pool, “The Plunge,” was recently given an extreme makeover by the city of Glen Rose. The pool has been important to the community and visitors alike for family reunions, festivals, concerts, family outings, camping trips and much more. Photo courtesy of

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Best in Steak By Ian Troub


othing says summertime in Texas quite like triple-digit temperatures under a blazing sun, with a hot grill and mesquite-smoke-scented air billowing through the atmosphere. Texas just wouldn’t be Texas without its barbeque. In 2004, with that spirit in mind, the city of Hico began what has become a Cross Timbers tradition for Texan taste connoisseurs from all throughout and even beyond the Lone Star State’s borders. Each year, on the third Saturday in May, Hico is transformed into a mecca of meat-making, steak-searing and palette-pleasing exuberance. May 18 will mark the 10th Annual Texas Steak Cookoff competition. Each year, hundreds flock to Hico for a weekend filled with good food, great fun and friendly competition. To quote a con-

testant from last year’s TSC video on the official website, “Having fun is plan A, and really there ain’t no plan B.” The scene is always an incredible one, with tents and food carts, grills and customized vendor-mobiles lining the streets of the historic downtown area. With foods ranging from the usual steaks and bratwurst to the peculiar “Armadillo Eggs” and “Tailpipes,” there’s sure to be a delicious dish for any and all manner of appetites. There is even a wine tasting sponsored by various local wineries.

teams to town, with some of the most creative names to ever grace the landscape of grill-offs all across America. Some of last year’s “Best Steak in Texas” award winning hopefuls included the Pivo Diablos, the Sir Loin Brothers, Daddy Brad’s Meat Schack, the Misteaks, Pirates of the Primeribbean, and Grillas in the Mist.

“Having fun is plan A, and really there ain’t no plan B.”

Last year brought over 100

Chairman of this year’s event, Mike James, said he expects there will be 40 to 45 vendors at this year’s cookoff, though the exact number is unknown at this time because the vendors, “always come in at the last minute.”

James said, “We anticipate record crowds this year.” This is likely due to the growth of the event over the past few years. This year will add a PBR-sanctioned bull riding event after the cookoff, thanks to the city’s partnering with Hico resident and six-time world champion bull rider, Cody Ohl. James said this year’s wine tasting will be even larger than last year’s as well. “We had eight wineries last year, and I have 14 [signed up] right now.” There will also be more live music than any previous event, with bands like the Chubby Knuckle Choir from Austin performing from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. that night. The Grand Prize “Best Steak in Texas” team receives a $2,500 award. Second place gets $1,250, third place gets $750, fourth place gets $500 and fifth place gets $250. There is also an hors d’oeuvres competition, and a $200 “Best in Show” award given to the team who creates the most entertaining and aesthetically unique area for the event. While this year’s winners are still anyone’s guess, if the nine previous events are any indicator, it is a safe bet that the 10th Annual Texas Steak Cookoff is sure to be another memorable one for everyone, from the backyard chefs to the casual consumers of culinary mastery. | 11

events & county info Homestead Antique Spring Fair Homestead 100 N. Elm Hico, TX 76457 May 24-25 World Series Team Roping Circle T Arena – 4007 West Hwy 36 May 4-5 D&G Barrel Racing Memorial Weekend Event Circle T Arena - 4007 West Hwy 36 May 25-27 Texas Senior Pro Rodeo Circle T Arena - 4007 West Hwy 36 August 17-18 Hamilton County Dove Festival Fair Park 1007 Park Rd Hamilton, TX 76531 August 31

Hamilton’s Parks and Recreation

Hamilton County If the summer weather has you itching to have some fun in the sun, look no further than the city of Hamilton. The city boasts acres upon acres of parks and other outdoor recreation. There is Pecan Creek Park, Horton Park, Fair Park, the city lake and the city swimming pool. The parks include fields for various sports, gazebos for activities such as yoga and Pilates, playgrounds for children of all ages, horseshoe pits and a skate park. A walking trail runs through it all, and connects the city by tunneling under State Highway 36 and Henry Street, past the Hamilton Public Library. There is also the A.G. Thompson Nature Trail, which according to the city of Hamilton’s website, is a half-mile of “scenic, undisturbed natural beauty.” The Perry Country Club golf course is open to guests who pay green fees. Rental carts are available. Green fees are currently $10 for nine holes and $15 for 18 holes. Tee times are not required. The city Parks and Recreation Department offers a triathlon every year during the second week in June for kids ages 7-14. The triathlon consists of an 80-meter swim, a one-mile bike and a half-mile run. All participants receive a T-shirt and medal. First, second and third places are awarded in each age group. – Megan Kramer

Founded in 1856 Cities: Evant, Hamilton, Hico County Seat: Hamilton Population: 8, 307

The city of Hamilton’s Parks and Recreation Department hold a triathlon for children ages 7-14 every year during the second week of June. Photo courtesy of Hamilton PARD.

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Lovers of the weird flock to granbury

By Monét Gerald

The lovers of the unexplained behind the Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour are bringing the city the second annual Granbury Paranormal Expo. During the one-day event, paranormal enthusiasts will get a chance to meet speakers and exhibitors relating to paranormal activity including ghost hunters, psychics and mediums, UFO experts, authors and more. Last year’s event was a success with approximately 300-400 attendees. Co-founder of the Ghosts and Legends Tour, Brandy Herr, says expo coordinators are hoping to double their attendance this year. “We started advertising earlier this year and word of mouth is a lot greater this year,” she said. “We’re hoping to branch out more. We were able to get aliens represented this year and we will also have zombies represented this year.” Coordinators stress that it is not just alien, zombie and UFO enthusiasts who are invited; all fields related to the unexplained are welcome. Confirmed exhibitors and vendors for the expo, other than the Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour, include an animal communicator, a spiritual jewelry and crystal designer, the North Texas Paranormal Trackers and others. Speakers at the event include zombie aficionado and professor at the University of Oklahoma Katie Shearer, ghost hunter 1st Sgt. Gregory Stephens and UFO expert Dennis Balthaser. Balthaser is a certified Mutual UFO Network field investigator, a member of the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association and belongs to several UFO research organizations. Balthaser did not get a chance to participate in the expo last year, but will be presenting “Roswell 1947: Then and Now” this year. In his presentation he plans to

discuss the alleged Roswell cover-up by the government and military. Shearer teaches English at OU and believes zombie films are much more than just entertainment. Shearer believes these films reflect social commentary on issues such as social inequality, rabid consumerism, pandemic fear and the philosophical condition of humanity. Stephens performed paranormal investigations while stationed in Germany, Korea and Kosovo. After returning home, he joined a paranormal group in the DFW area and later formed Research and Investigation of the Paranormal. Another point Herr was sure to emphasize is that the paranormal is for everyone and that there is a large assortment of people that are interested in the unknown. “Anyone and everyone are into the paranormal,” she said. “It’s not just the foil hat people. That’s what still surprises us. You never know who can be a ghost hunter.”

Balthaser agreed with Herr. Though what he studies may be outside the norm, he has 33 years of experience in civil engineering. “The credible background information that I share is based on some 25 years of research. If I’m able to share information with people that haven’t heard it before that’s great,” he said. So anyone that loves the weird should head out to Granbury on May 18. The event will be held at the Granbury Resort Conference Center. And Herr doesn’t want parents to worry about the kids. “It’s a very family-friendly event,” she said. The expo will start at 10:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door for everyone. For more information on the expo, visit the website at And for more information on Dennis Balthaser, visit his website at

The expo is hosted by the Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour. It will be held May 18 at the Granbury Resort Conference Center. Photo courtesy of

dance to the music of Middle Eastern music duo “Wind and Fingers” of Dallas. Wayman said she is delighted to be able to show women the benefits of belly dancing. “We really strive to present belly dance as an art form. We want to teach women the benefits of belly dance and how it can help women physically and emotionally,” she said. Aside from dancers, attendees also will be able to take part in a silent auction. Items up for sale during the auction include rounds of golf from local courses and World War II-era military style prints. The event will take place May 11 at the Granbury Resort Conference Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the silent auction and the show will begin at 7 p.m.


ranbury Belly Dance’s Belly by Heather is holding its third annual showcase this spring. Each May the students of Belly by Heather participate in a showcase to show the performances they learned during the year. The showcase also serves as an opportunity to give back and offer support to the community. This year the showcase will benefit the Granbury Cheetahs, a Special Olympics Texas team. The team helps special needs children and adults in Hood County get the opportunity to be active in competitive sports at their own individual levels. Belly dance instructor Heather Wayman said she decided to benefit the Granbury Cheetahs this year because one of her students has a child that is a part of the organization and she wanted to do what she could to help. The local chapter is run solely by local parents and volunteers and all net proceeds from the ticket sales, donations and sponsorship funds will go directly to the Granbury Cheetahs. Granbury Cheetahs spokeswoman Sandi Miller is expecting to see about 300 people at the showcase and said she is thrilled about her organization getting some attention.

If you are unable to attend the showcase but still want to make a donation to benefit the Granbury Cheetahs, a check made out to Granbury Cheetahs can be mailed to Granbury Cheetahs, P.O. Box 6912, Granbury, Texas 76049. Donations also can be made through Wayman’s website at

Belly Dancing for a Good Cause?....


by monét gerald

“I think it’s a great idea and a chance to give Granbury Cheetahs some much needed money,” she said. Attendees of the showcase will get to see family-friendly entertainment suitable for all ages that will consist of student and professional performances by dancers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Granbury. Performers will

Photos courtesy of Heather Wayman

Granbury’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

Hood County events & county info

The 39th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Historic Granbury will be held July 4-6 this year. Texas Highways has named Granbury’s Old-Fashioned Celebration one of the top 4th of July events in the state, and the city usually expects over 50,000 people to attend.

Granbury Belly Dance “An Evening of Oriental Dance” Granbury Resort Conference Center May 11 2013 Showcase of Homes Granbury June 1-2

This year, there will be over 100 vendors, live music every hour on the stage in the downtown square, and the musical “1776” performed by Granbury Theatre Co. in the historic courthouse.

5th Annual Acton Nature Fun Run 5K Run/Walk Granbury/Acton June 8

The parade will begin at 10 am. and the fireworks at 9:45 p.m. on July 4 itself, and handfuls of other events and activities will be held over the next two days of the celebration.

Warriors for Christ Biker Bash Granbury Historic Square August 31 – September 2

For a schedule of events, vendor applications, sponsorship opportunities and/or any other information, visit or call (817) 573-1622.

Harvest Moon Festival Granbury Historic Square October 19-20

– Megan Kramer

Founded in 1866 Cities: Decordova, Granbury, Lipan, Tolar County Seat: Granbury Population: 52, 044

Granbury’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration was named one of the best events of its kind by Texas Highways. The celebration will take place July 4-6 in Historic Granbury. Photo courtesy of the Granbury Chamber of Commerce. | 15

The Last Picture Show

Granbury’s Brazos Drive-In Survives as One of the Last of Its Kind in Texas By Rafael Sanchez


exas drive-in movie theaters are going the way of the dodo, a flightless bird that is now extinct.

Rarely found anymore and not as popular as conventional cinemas, the drive-in theater offers a unique experience of watching a movie outside. There’s still at least one left in the Cross Timbers region– Granbury’s Brazos Drive-In. Since 1986, Jennifer Miller has owned and operated the theater. The drive-in shows many current movies, such as Life of Pi, but it still uses traditional equipment such as spool reels. Now, however, instead of the old mono-speakers that hang from the car window, you can tune your radio to a station set specifically for the theater and listen to the movie with better clarity. Cliff Knight, who brought his family from Arlington last Labor Day weekend, posted on the drive-in’s website that he “gets a kick” out of telling people that he went to the drive-in. Their usual response, he said, is, “Really? I didn’t know there were any left.” “I know y’all have heard this a million times, but

I can’t express the joy I have, getting to enjoy the drive-in experience with my daughter,” Knight added. The Brazos Drive-In’s concession stand is full-service, offering hot buttered popcorn, candy, cheeseburgers, chili dogs and hot dogs, and nachos that you can enjoy on the tailgate of your pickup, a blanket on the grass or inside the comfort of your vehicle. The featured movie begins as soon as it is dark enough to project on the enormous white screen. The theater attracts vintage car owners to show up in their restored pickups or convertibles. You can even bring your pets – just please keep them on a leash. Some of the patrons will pass a football and play Frisbee on the grassy area, or sit in the red vintage metal lawn chairs and enjoy the outdoors. The Brazos Drive-In is located at 1800 W. Pearl Street. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for a carload, $15 for “heroes” (military discount) and $10 for one person. For more information, visit the website at or the theater’s Facebook page for movie listings.

Photos courtesy of the Brazos’ website

Hayley Burns

In memory of...

By Breezey Clark


t has been nearly a year since the passing of Hayley Burns, a 20-yearold student attending Tarleton State University at the time of her death. Hayley drowned at a friend’s wedding reception in Lake Whitney on June 3, 2012. The magnitude of her passing has continued to impact her friends and family as well as members of the surrounding communities. Hayley was from Iredell and moved to Stephenville in 2009 after graduating high school to attend Tarleton State University. Hayley was very active in high school. She played sports, participated in FFA and graduated at the top of her class. Hayley’s childhood friends remember her as a cherished person that continues to impact their lives. “Hayley was the type of friend people pray they can find. I’m just lucky I found her at such a young age. There isn’t a single hour of any day when Hayley doesn’t cross my mind. I hope she’s proud of all the things we accomplished this past year,” Melinda Newton, a close friend of Hayley’s, said. Not long after Hayley’s death, memorials started sprouting in her honor, to keep

her memory alive and to celebrate the person that she was. Colt Molloy, a former coworker of Hayley’s, wrote a tribute song titled “Another Angel Got Her Wings” just days after the accident in honor of the beauty and joy Hayley had brought to this world. “Hayley was the type of girl that just made you smile every time you saw her. That is what made her special. That is what made her Hayley,” Molloy said. Neon yellow T-shirts with the tribute song’s title on the front and a pair of wings on the back were made and worn during a 5k walk/run where family and friends joined together in late July. Bracelets with the song title and Hayley’s name were also made during that time. A scholarship fund was established for graduating seniors from Hico and Iredell, and all proceeds from the T-shirts and bracelets were contributed to the fund. Hayley’s 21st birthday was on Oct. 2, 2012, just three short months after her passing. In honor of her birthday,

friends wore their neon yellow shirts and followed through with Hayley’s original plans for celebrating her special day. In February, friends and family ‘Adopted a Highway’ in memory of Hayley on the same road where she grew up, and gathered just weeks after for the first trash pick-up. Other memorials include the continued Facebook posts to Hayley’s page, tagging her in photos and statuses, reminiscing on memories and expressing the sadness of her loss. The magnitude of Hayley’s death has reached many, and her memory has continued to impact those who knew her. The tributes and memorials have been healing and have reflected Hayley’s character. Although the sadness of her passing will always be present, her memory is cherished every day by her friends and family.

Top: Hayley on an end of year trip with the Upward Bound program in 2010. Above: The ‘Adopt a Highway’ sign for Hayley. Left: Hayley’s friends and family at the 5k tribute walk/run. All photos courtesy of Hayley’s family.

Rock the Gap Shopapalooza

Bosque County The Shopapalooza Ladies, Misty and Mindy, are once again hosting and sponsoring the second annual Rock the Gap Shopapalooza event in Bosque County on May 11. Rock the Gap Shopapalooza is a family-friendly shopping event that will be held at the Cranfills Gap Community Center in downtown Cranfills Gap. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The idea behind Shopapalooza is to start a new family tradition, as well as attract shoppers from other areas to Cranfills Gap. Rock the Gap Shopapalooza also serves a greater intent, supporting Niki de Mayo and benefiting Niki Covers the Cold, a celebration of the late Niki Carlson who wanted to help the less fortunate by collecting and distributing blankets. Carlson died unexpectedly in March 2010. Since then, her family has carried out her passion. Rock the Gap Shopapalooza welcomes donations of gently used coats, jackets or blankets, hoodies, hats, socks and scarves. In addition to a day of shopping, the event features bike runs, a motorcycle show, music, food and a Wild West gun show. For more information, call (254) 733-0803, (254) 640-9336 or visit – Sametria’ Taylor

events & county info Don Weller Western Art Show Bosque Arts Center May 4-23 Bosque Tour de Norway-Bike Race Clifton High School May 18 Central Texas Youth Fair Clifton Fair Grounds June 4-June 8 Imagination Factory Bosque Arts Center June 24- June 27 Music Madness Camp for Children Bosque Arts Center July 29- July 31 Texas Troubador Song-Writers Contest and Performance BAC Tin Building Theatre August 17 BAC Annual Art Classic Bosque Art Center September 15-September 30 Bosque County Hay Show Bosque Bottoms October 22 Founded in 1854 Cities: Clifton, Cranfills Gap, Iredell, Meridian, Morgan, Valley Mills, Walnut Springs County Seat: Meridian Population: 18, 125

Misty Huff and Mindy Skains, known as the Shopapalooza Ladies in Cranfills Gap. Photo courtesy of | 19

Follow the Red Brick By Sametria’ Taylor

The Channel Garden was inspired by Classical English garden design and features several fountains and a sense of elegance. Photo by Sametria’ Taylor.


ave you ever been to a place that felt like it should be in a different location? That’s how some visitors might feel when encountering Clark Gardens Botanical Park for the first time. Situated at the end of a winding country road in Mineral Wells, Clark Gardens was the dream of owners Max and Billie Clark. The 35-acre oasis was initially their own private garden, which they landscaped in 1972. Now it is an “unexpected treasure.” In 1999 the Clarks created the Max and Billie Clark Foundation and entrusted 143 acres to the non-profit organization. Now Clark Gardens serves as an educational facility. It contains Texas native and adaptable plants that are low maintenance and drought resistant. In April 2000, the Clark Gardens were made accessible to the public to tour as well as to rent for ceremonies such as weddings, receptions, club/ business meetings and proms. The rental facilities include the Channel Garden, East Tented Facility, Bowling Green, Changing Room,

Clark Gardens is located at 567 Maddux Road. The garden is open year-round. The hours are Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The general admission fees are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 5 to 12. Children under 4 years are free and there is a 10% discount for groups of 25 people or more. The gardens are also handicap accessible. For any questions, contact info@clarkgradens. org or call (940) 6824856.

Chapel, Chapel Lawn, Summer The Channel Garden features two walkways, two 700 square foot pavilHouse, Oxbow lions, flowered tiers around the pond and fountains and can accommodate Overlook, Rose 400 guests. Photo by Sametria’ Taylor. Pavilion, West Tented Facility, The Lake Pavilion and the Conference Room. Tucked inside what has been called “one of the most beautiful gardens in the nation” is the lovely Channel Garden. Red brick steps lead to a view of fountains that pour from a rectangular pond also outlined in red brick. On each side of the pond, large clusters of carnations bloom, along with other flowers of purple, red, orange and yellow.

Road to “Unexpected Treasures” The red brick sidewalk leads to smaller ponds graced with angel statues accompanied by small waterfalls. In the center of these smaller ponds are fountains that cascade water, creating a scene of tranquility and peace. Continuing to follow the red brick sidewalk, steps lead back to a covered patio. This garden gives the visitor an uplifting feeling of love and unity. It’s no surprise that weddings are held here. Another special place is the Lake Pavilion, home to blue herons, mallard ducks and a trumpeter swan. It was an engaging experience to watch the birds interact with each other as well as the nature around them. Although the Clark Gardens are open all year, April through June are good times to visit to see all the plants in full bloom and to get the full effect of the pops of color from roses in the Rose Pavilion to the green leaves on the towering native trees, as well as the different varieties

of butterflies. Clark Gardens also hosts annual events throughout the year. The Father-Daughter Dance is held in February, the Spring Festival is in April, a Mother’s Day Luncheon takes place in May and during the July 4th holiday, the gardens create a “Revolutionary War Tree Trail,” with each tree marked by the American flag, and a walking tour guide provides stories about each tree. To find out more information about annual and upcoming events, as well as blooming schedules and butterfly and bird listings, visit www. Above: Max and Billie Clark, co-founders of Clark Gardens. Photo courtesy of clarkgardens. org

Left: Map of Clark Gardens. Photo courtesy of

events & county info CSWM Swing Fest Holiday Hills Country Club May 4 Mineral Wells Rodeo 2013 Palo Pinto County Livestock Assoc. May 9-11 Mother’s Day Luncheon Clark Gardens Botanical Park May 12 Cowboy Campfire Lake Mineral Wells State Park May 25 Possum Kingdom E VFD Fish Fry PK East VFD Building July 20 Possum Fest & Great Outdoors BBQ & Chili Cook-Off PKCC Building October 4-5 Fall Festival and Half Marathon Clark Gardens Botanical Park October 5 Clark Gardens ‘Bootanical’ Clark Gardens Botanical Park October 31 Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival Clark Gardens Botanical Park November 25

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Palo Pinto County The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave American women the right to vote and ended the woman suffrage movement. To commemorate this event, the Palo Pinto County Historical Association will hold a special exhibition, “Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas,” from May 15 through June 12. The title is taken from a quote by author Jane Y. McCallum: “With high hopes and enthusiasm women stepped forth into a world in which they were CITIZENS AT LAST!” Texas was the first state in the South to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment. The event focuses on the 27-year-long campaign for woman suffrage in Texas with panel topics – “the national beginnings of the movement, early Texas leaders, anti-suffrage sentiments, efforts to amend the Texas Constitution, primary suffrage, and, finally, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment,” according to the association. The exhibition is based on the book Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas and on an earlier exhibition of the same name by the Woman’s Collection at Texas Woman’s University Library. “Citizens at Last” is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition will be held at the Old Jail Museum, 5th and Elm streets, Palo Pinto. Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. – CTT Staff

Founded in 1856 Cities: Brazos, Gordon, Graford, Mingus, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Santo, Strawn County Seat: Palo Pinto Population: 27, 856

Suffragists marched with their daughters in the Votes for Women parade in New York City, May 4, 1912. Courtesy Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

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Hilton Hotel

The First

By sametria’ Taylor


n 1919 a young banker named Conrad Hilton decided to buy a bank in Cisco between Fort Worth and Abilene because the oil business was booming there. When he arrived, though, the deal fell through and he needed a place to stay. He went to the local Mobley Hotel to find a room for the night, but there were none available. A history of the hotel by the American Oil & Gas Historical Society said that roughnecks from the booming oilfields at nearby Ranger were standing in line for a room. Hilton didn’t know it then, but he had stumbled across a business opportunity that changed his future and the future of the hotel business. He bought the Mobley for $40,000. It was a modest rectangular red brick building with only two floors, a simple, frontierstyle architecture, a long wooden porch and a flat roof. In his autobiography Be My Guest, Hilton said the hotel was “a cross between a flophouse and a gold mine.” The Mobley became a “practice ground” for Hilton’s ideas about the hotel business. One of them was to waste no space. Another was to provide maximum service at minimum price. He also wanted to foster a spirit of camaraderie among the employees.

community center, and a historical museum with five divisions: The Innkeeper Gallery, The Cisco Museum, The Walls of Fame, The Cisco Pictorial and The Santa Claus Bank Robbery. The center has become a tourist attraction for a business legend who struck it rich above ground with the Hilton hotel chain. The chamber and former hotel are located at 309 Conrad Hilton Avenue. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (254) 442-2537 or visit

By 1923, Hilton owned five Texas hotels, including the Melba Hotel in Fort Worth and the Waldorf in Dallas. When the Great Depression hurt Hilton’s business, he sold the Mobley in 1929. It became a senior citizens’ home and a boarding house. Over the years it fell into disrepair. In 1979, Hilton died. The University of Houston Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Hilton family joined forces to restore the hotel. Today, the Mobley is the Conrad Hilton Center, housing the Cisco Chamber of Commerce, a

The Mobley Hotel currently stands as the Conrad Hilton Center in Cisco. It houses the Cisco Chamber of Commerce, a museum and “The Steve Hilton Room,” which is frequently used for events such as weddings, receptions, reunions, parties and business meetings. Photos courtesy of the Cisco Chamber of Commerce. | 23

Eastland County Chamber Mixer Ken’s Motorcycle Shop Eastland May 6 A Taste of Eastland Connellee Hotel & Civic Center May 16 Old-Fashion 4th of July Downtown Eastland July 4 Old Rip 5K Run and Kids Walk Siebert Elementary School October 5 RipFest 2013 Downtown Eastland October 5

KATX/HPRN 2nd Annual Great Outdoors Show

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If you want to boat, camp, hunt, ride an ATV or even just mow a lawn, the Second Annual Great Outdoors Show in Eastland on June 18 will feature the latest products and hands-on demonstrations. The event, hosted by KATX, runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is free to the public. Vendors range from small crafts booths to auto dealers, boat dealers, camper dealers, hunting equipment, lawn mowers, ATVs and much more. Proceeds from the concession stand will benefit Makayla’s Dream and research to find a cure for galactosemia, a rare genetic disorder that interferes with the body’s ability to use the simple sugar galactose. So come out and browse the booths while enjoying live music all day on the courthouse steps. For more information on vendor booths, contact Terry Slavens and For more information on the show, visit eastlandchamber. com/events-calendar. – Savannah Trantham

Coin & Collectibles Show June 7-8 Abilene Civic Center

Founded in 1858 Cities: Carbon, Cisco, Desdemona, Eastland, Gorman, Olden, Ranger, Scranton, Rising Star County Seat: Eastland Population: 18, 421

KATX Michael Cogburn and James Hazelip at last year’s “Great Outdoors Show” in downtown Eastland. Photo courtesy of Microplex News.

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Entertainment at the Track By Megan Kramer


tock car racing holds roots in the days of American Prohibition. People needed to transport alcohol in cars that wouldn’t attract police attention, but could also outrun said law enforcement if suspected of illegal activity. These liquor transporters started modifying their cars to reach top-notch speeds, and soon people were getting thrills from racing rather than smuggling. Thus, stock car racing was born. Three miles north of Stephenville on Highway 281 is 281 Speedway, a quarter-mile, semi-banked clay oval track made for such racing. Owner and promoter David Crenshaw built the track in 1989 with his father, Bill Crenshaw. “It was my father’s love for the sport,” Crenshaw said. “We’re grass roots racing on a dirt track. A lot of NASCAR drivers came from this type of racing.” The track is sanctioned by the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA), and sees three major divisions compete: stock cars, modified and, recently, compact. Each division has its own set of rules that drivers and their cars must follow, as well as point standings. During the racing season, drivers race at IMCA tracks all over the United States for points and awards. 281 Speedway doesn’t see just the professionals come through, however. “If you got all four limbs and you can see pretty good,” Crenshaw says anybody can come out

and race. “People get the rules, build a car and go compete,” he added. “You don’t have to be somebody special.” Crenshaw recently changed 281 Speedway’s business plan to include eight racing events a year and also a monster truck show. He is in the process of working a deal to add mini-sprints to the July event, because these types of cars are gaining popularity. If spectating is more your sport, you are encouraged to check out the various events 281 Speedway hosts throughout racing season. “If you like fast action race cars, it’s a great place to come and just hangout,” Crenshaw said. “It’s a strange subcultural group of people, which makes for some interesting entertainment.”

Cars from various divisions racing at 281 Speedway’s “Spring Fling” event. Photos by Megan Kramer.

Smile and Say

“Veldhuizen” by andrea beare

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ust outside of Stephenville on winding County Road 458 lies the Veldhuizen Cheese Farm. As you turn into the driveway past the cows grazing, a small structure comes into view. Inside the building you are greeted by the smiling faces of the Veldhuizen family and the pungent smell of cheese. Stewart Veldhuizen and his family have been in operation for 11 years. Accompanied by his wife and two of their seven children, Stewart runs 50 cows through the milking parlor twice a day. Each cow will produce around five gallons per milking, for a total of 10 gallons each day. All of this milk converts to about 1,200 pounds of cheese per week. The Veldhuizens sell 15 different varieties of cheese. The most popular is the “Red Neck Cheddar.” To make this cheese, the curds are soaked in a stout dark beer. After being aged for six to 10 months, the cheese has a medium sharpness as well as a malty sweetness. “I’m always thinking of new cheeses,” Veldhuizen said. “If I make the same cheese that everybody else makes then why would people want to come to our farm and purchase our product? Every time I make a new cheese I start thinking of another new cheese invention.” All of the cheese is stored in one of the two “caves” that the Veldhuizens have built themselves. These caves are rooms filled with shelves that are kept at a low temperature and high humidity to ensure that the aging process stays on track to produce a delicious product. Each cheese has different aging lengths, as well as different aging processes. The “Bosque Blue” cheese, for example, has its own cave to age in. This cave is set to a different temperature and the cheese is wrapped in foil. Most of the other variations of cheese have a wax coating on the outside. These two aging processes ensure the flavor and integrity of the cheese. Cheese is not the only product the Veldhuizens create. They also sell raw milk, cream and yogurt. But the foundation for each of these products is the same— they start with the cows. Not every breed of dairy cattle is ideal for making cheese. The Veldhuizens have focused their cheese making on three different breeds: Jersey, Brown Swiss and Guernsey. They have chosen these breeds because of the butter fat content in the milk. If the milk has high butter fat content, then that milk has a higher advantage of producing cheese. The cows’ diet is also important. Stewart feeds each cow oats and alfalfa. He does this to ensure that the cows stay healthy.

The Veldhuizens’ products begin with cows. They are kept on strict diets to maintain good health and to ensure a quality product will be produced. Photo by Andrea Beare.

“Our goal is to keep the ingredients and methods of cheese making as organic as possible,” Veldhuizen said. “If we stay true to this then the integrity of the product will always stay intact.” Overall, the Veldhuizens’ mission is to raise healthy cows so they can produce healthy cheese that will yield happy, healthy customers. Veldhuizen Cheese will hold its third annual Family Farm Day on May 5. Everyone is invited. Take a tour of the farm and see what farm life is like. To find out more about the farm, call (254)968-3098 or visit

Left: One of the two “caves” where shelves of cheeses are stored and cooled while they age to perfection. Some cheeses are stored for 6-10 months before they are ready for purchase. Photo by Andrea Beare. Left page: Various cheeses during their aging processes. Photo by Andrea Beare.

Jammin’ at the roller Rink

By Megan Kramer


hat is roller derby? Not many people outside the realm of the sport seem to know, but to the select groups of women who play, derby is a way of life.

Roller derby is played throughout the United States and in different countries around the world, such as Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Leagues apply to become members of WFTDA— the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Flat track roller derby is basically skating on a smooth, flat surface, such as a roller rink, basketball court or parking lot. The other version of derby would be on a banked track, which uses an expensive track that needs to be assembled and stored when not being used. Flat track derby appeals to many grass roots leagues, where all you need is some space and tape to mark the track. The Cowboy Capital Rollergirls of Stephenville are a prime example of this grass roots derby ideal. The league was founded in 2011 by a group of skaters who wanted to put Stephenville on the map for roller derby. The CCR league has since grown to more than 40 skaters from around Erath County, and merged with the Brownwood Debu’Taunts earlier this year. The CCR league has also been accepted into the WFTDA Apprentice Program, which means they are well on their way to becoming an official WFTDA league. The CCR league is made up of two teams— the Pistol Annies and the Bolt Action Betties. The Pistol Annies are the league’s “dream team” and travel all across the south central United States to play. The Bolt Action Betties are the home team, meaning they mostly play against other derby teams with similar skill levels that travel to the Stephenville area. Each team’s roster is constantly changing, due

The CCR “Pistol Annies” in a team huddle at their scrimmage against the “Hell Mary’s” of theTexas Rollergirls from Austin. Photo by Megan Kramer.

to new membership and rising talent. Each player also has her own nickname, a kind of alias on the track that fits her unique personality. “We find inspiration and do a lot of soul searching,” Ashley Gill, head of training and public relations for CCR, said about choosing a derby name. Gill’s derby name, Gillotine Grace, is a combination of her last name and a retro vibe that her husband agreed fit her personality. While derby gameplay is easy enough to follow, being part of the league is anything but simple. “Roller derby is unique,” Gill said. “It’s not a sport of hobby to us— it’s a lifestyle choice.” Gill said derby practices are “intense,” and it’s not uncommon for the skaters to “sweat, cry and bleed.” Depending on

Left: The Pistol Annies prepare to block their opponents’ jammer. Right: Coach “Dewey Decimator” watches the Pistol Annies with intensity from the sideline. Photos by Megan Kramer.

“We want to involve the community,” Gill said. “Everyone involved in derby really values the family unit.” The rollergirls also get involved with the community through charities and volunteering. At each derby event, the league “spotlights” a specific charity and then donates a percentage of the ticket sales to that cause. The next CCR home event will be held on May 4 against Oklahoma City Roller Derby at the Lone Star Arena and will benefit the Cross Timbers the team, practice is held two or three times a week, plus extra Business and Professional Women’s Club. time at the gym. The skaters are constantly working on their Roller derby season is March through September. There are strength and speed and coming up with different strategies for no formal tryouts to become part of the CCR league, so any bouts. female 18 or older interested in derby is encouraged to go The CCR league is committed to helping women achieve excellence both on and off the track, and to providing strong and positive role models for young people. For these reasons, they recently finalized plans for a junior derby league. There will be a “boot camp” in June to teach basic fundamentals of quad roller skating, skating techniques specific to roller derby and basic game objectives and rules to girls and boys between the ages of 7 and 17.

watch practices and bouts at the Stephenville roller rink. Male derby enthusiasts 18 or older can participate by becoming referees. The skaters also advise anybody serious about joining the team to brush up on skating skills, buy the right gear— helmet, elbow and knee pads, wrist guards, mouth guard and quad skates— and have an abundance of sweat and determination.

Two teams line up to start the next “jam.” Pivots take the lead, then blockers, then jammers 33 feet behind the starting line. Photo by Megan Kramer. | 29

events & county info Tour de Pepper Bike Ride Dublin High School June 8

122nd Annual Birthday Celebration Dublin Bottling Works June 8 Firecracker 100 Bike Ride & Race Tarleton State University July 6 Golden Saturday & Classic Car Show De Leon August 11 Monster Truck Show 281 Speed Way September 20-21

2nd Annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot

Erath County The medieval-looking Greystone Castle, the shooting and hunting club on a hill off Interstate 20, will be the site of the Second Annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot on June 8. The event will benefit Erath County Meals on Wheels. Anyone can participate and there is no limit to the amount of those who wish to join in on the clay shoot. Having over 100 participants last year, the event’s organizers hope to attract even more this year and possibly include a youth division. The entry fee is $100 per person. Vendor booths will focus on educating participants about local organizations in Erath County. Proceeds from a silent auction will go to the Meals on Wheels organization. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the shoot starts at 8 a.m. For more information, see – Rafael Sanchez

Cowboy Capital PRCA Pro Rodeo Lone Star Arena September 27-29 By Gone Days on the Bosque Stephenville Hist. House Museum October 12 Founded in 1856 Cities: Alexander, Bluff Dale, Dublin, Huckabay, Stephenville County Seat: Stephenville Population: 39, 321

The medieval-looking Greystone Castle, home to the Greystone Castle Sporting Club. The fun shoot will benefit Erath County Meals on Wheels. Photo courtesy of Greystone Castle Sporting Club.

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