Armadillo Day (Groundhog Day in the North)

Armadillo Day will be celebrated on February second this year.  There are no armadillos up north so they celebrate Groundhog Day.  According to folklore when the armadillo emerges from his burrow and it is cloudy, winter will end soon.  If the Armadillo sees his shadow we will have six more weeks of winter

The official Armadillo Day observance is in Austin.

Come And Take It

175 Years ago, October 1835, Texans began the struggle for Independence at Gonzales.  The reenactment of the “Come and Take it Battle” begins October 2, 2010.

The battle was really a skirmish.  Texans fired on the Mexicans over a canon used to protect Gonzales from the Comanche.  The commander of the Mexican troops had been ordered to take the canon from the town of Gonzales.

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The Mexican commander was sympathetic with the Texans and opposed the Centralist Big government being forced on Texas by Santa Anna.  Even at this early date in Texas history, the Texans valued personal independence and freedom over an oppressive central government.

The Texan commander John Henry Moore, ordered the attack on the Mexicans.  The Mexicans withdrew and the battle was over.  This was the major break in relations between The Texans and Mexico.

Later in the war for independence, the Gonzales men would be the only reinforcements to fight their way into the Alamo.

Ladies State Chili Championship of Texas, 2010

40th Annual Ladies State Chili Championship of Texas gets underway this weekend October 1st and 2nd. The event is at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US Hwy 281 S, Blanco, Texas. They advertise that skill level is immaterial, so this is really just an excuse to party. The margarita mix competition and Texas Hold-Em competition allude to my party theory. Chili Cook-off follows Tolbert’s Rules.

Texas-Best State Fair Starts Friday 24th

State Fair is held annually in Dallas. The event starts the last Friday during September and concludes 24 days later. The fair is presented in Dallas Fair Park where it has long been held since 1886. Your 2010 event is going to be presented from September 24 to October 17.

The Texas Event is the biggest within the United States. State Fair attendance has previously been estimated at more than 3 million individuals.

Visitors first see the 212-foot Texas Star Ferris wheel when approaching the fair. The Texas Star has been the biggest Ferris wheel in North America ever since it first showed in October 1985.

One of the centerpieces for your fair includes the yearly college football competition involving Texas and Oklahoma. The Red River Shootout is played inside the Cotton Bowl at the heart of Fair Park. This year, 2010, Baylor and Texas Tech are going to hold a game during the State Fair for the first time.

Big Tex is one of the fair symbols since 1952. Your State Fair also incorporates an auto exhibit, dating back to 1904, utilizing more than 300,000 sq feet of floorspace and displaying most of latest model automobiles.

It can’t be the State Fair of Texas without showcasing distinctive, high-fat goodies such as fried butter and this year’s champion fried Frito Chili Pie.

Everyone is required to eat at least one Fletcher’s brand corny dog.

The past decades have experienced the introduction of innovative uncommon deep-fried offerings, such as deep-fried Oreo cookies; deep-fried Twinkies; deep-fried pork ribs; fried cheesecake; deep-fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches; and most recently a batter-based fried Coke. Innovative food items in 2008 included chicken fried bacon and fried banana splits.

Autumn Trails 2010, Winnsboro, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas – AUTUMN TRAILS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS —Every Weekend in October

Saturday, October 2 — Coronation of Queen Autumn Trails XLVIV at 7:00pm, Winnsboro High School Auditorium. Tickets available from the Autumn Trails office or at the door.

Saturday, October 9– Arts and Crafts – City Park – For space reservations call 903-342-1958.

Friday & Saturday, October 8 & 9 —- Antique Tractor Show & Pull, City Park. Friday activities at 6:00p.m. — Saturday beginning at 9:00am with the parade of tractors from the Depot to City Park. — Tractor pull starts at 10:00a.m. — BBQ Cook-Off at City Park. Entry forms available at the Autumn Trails office or call 903-342-1958 for more information. —- Annual Tour de’ Trails Bicycle Race sponsored by the Pilot Club.

Friday, October 15 –Trail Ride Welcome Parade – 4pm, Downtown. —- Trail Riders’ Campout, all weekend at City Park. $2:00 per vehicle, per day. Showers and Concessions available.

Saturday, October 16 — “42” Tournament – 9:00am Winnsboro Senior Citizens Center. Registration at Autumn Trails Office or by calling 903-342-1958. —–TASTE OF WINNSBORO Cook Out – 5:00pm, City Park.– Barn Dance at City Auditorium at 8pm.

Sunday, October 17 — Big Woods Trail Ride.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, October 22, 23, 24, — Trades Day & Swap Meet – Flea Market – 8:00am – 5:00pm at City Park. REGISTRATION begins at noon on Thursday, Oct 21.

Saturday, October 23 — Antique Car Grand Entry Parade, 10:30am, Downtown Winnsboro. Competition Events Downtown Winnsboro, open to Model A and Model T cars following the parade. — Sidewalk Sales all day in Downtown.—– BBQ and Awards presentation 5:00pm at City Auditorium. For reservations call 903-342-1958. Limited tickets at the door. —- Annual WHS Ex-Students’ Association Stew after the parade at the Old Rock Gym. —– All School Reunion at Old Rock Gym in the afternoon. Program at 7:00pm.

Sunday, October 24 — Antique Car Tour – leaves the Trails Country Motel at 9:00am.

Saturday, October 30 — Livestock & Dairy Show. Register from 7:30 to 9:30am. $10.00 Entry Fee. For more information – 903-342-6759 or 903-342-3641

Texas Gatorfest Sept 10-12

The Texas Gatorfest (Sept 10-12) created a fun online game to promote the festival this year.  It is the Cross Canadian Ragweed Edition.  Players seek to swim the 4 members of CCR across a Texas Gator Pond to score points.  Lots of fun!  We’ve had over 200 people play more than 1500 times this week.