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Marfa Film Festival

Wild, Wild Texas

With miles of the state’s most rugged landscape, it’s a no- brainer that West Texas would be the setting for movies about wild men and wild times. Fandango (1985) starred Kevin Costner and a pre-Brat Pack Judd Nelson. The characters were making a spur-of-the-moment run to Mexico (something many readers can relate to) during the uncertainties of the Vietnam era. Locations included Monahans, the Rattlesnake Bomber Range near Pyote, Fort Davis, and Marfa. Directors have…

Delightfully Dazed

Romantics at heart still swoon over Hope Floats (1998), shot in equally romantic Smithville. Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr.—yeah, that was a cuddle movie! Smithville has its own film commission and more than a dozen movies to its credit. Roads sweep across the prairies through Elgin. Can you smell the sausage? Scenes for the ultimate Texas football movie Friday Night Lights (2004) were shot in Elgin, at the stadium in the Austin suburb of…

Riding with the Raven

The centerpiece of this scenic and historic ride is the town of Huntsville. Huntsville proudly carries the mantle of Samuel Houston. Sam Houston commanded the Texas army as they fought for independence from Mexico, was President of the Republic of Texas, represented the state in the U.S. Senate, and served as Governor of Texas. His family spent 16 years in Huntsville, and it is where he died and is buried. Located in the Piney Woods—and in close proximity to Houston and Bryan/College…

Honor Roll: Rolling Thunder

STORY AND PHOTOS BY GARRETT STANLEY:  I am not a military veteran, but most of my family members are. All of the men who stood at my wedding are Marines. I’ve heard the stories about the bonds of brotherhood (and sisterhood) and felt the loyalty that they all describe as part of their experience. When someone mentions a fallen comrade who didn’t make it home from battle, there is a universal pause and a moment…

Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles

It’s May, and that means it’s also National Motorcycle Safety Month. For the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), that means rolling out a giant inflatable motorcycle and kicking off its annual “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign. “Look twice, then look again!” said Lupita Velasquez, who rode in from Corpus Christi to help TxDOT kick off its program at an event held at the lawn of the Long Center in Austin. Velasquez, who…

Aggies to Astros

Our star-studded movie cruise to Houston begins in College Station. Late night movie buffs might have Revenge Of the Nerds (1984) in their collection. It included scenes from Kyle Field. Whoop! Yankee’s Tavern, east of town near Carlos, has been a popular biker bar since it opened in 2000. Farm-to-Market Road 1486 rolls south through the prairies before arriving in Magnolia. Head east to The Woodlands: The independent film Sacrifice (2015) was filmed in the…

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C.A.S.T. for Kids Celebrity Pro-AM Tournament at Lake Waco and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame

June 30 @ 5:00 pm - July 1 @ 12:00 pm

Catch a great feeling at the C.A.S.T. for Kids Celebrity Pro-AM Tournament at Lake Waco and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on June 30 and July 1. Just 75 boats will be allowed to compete for cash prizes – up to twenty-five thousand-dollars total purse! So get your entry in soon!   Plus, our VIP Auction could put a celebrity angler in your boat – like Jimmy Houston, Hank Parker, Roland Martin, Gary Yamamoto, Alton…
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4th of July Celebration

July 4

Come out to enjoy a small town 4th of July! Kick the celebration off with a G.I. Joe Stars & Stripes Fun Run on Saturday, July 1st at 8:00 a.m. Events continue Tuesday, July 4th at 2:00 p.m. in Ozona’s Historic Town Square with food booths, games, entertainment, etc. The Patriotic Parade starts at 8:00 p.m. in front of the Crockett County Courthouse and ends at the baseball fields north of town. The annual Fireworks…
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$10 - $15

Motorcycle Ride for Suicide Awareness

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Hear My Cry Foundation is proud to host our 3rd Annual Community Charity Event entitled, “Ride for Suicide Awareness” which will be held on July 22, 2017. We will kick off the festivities at 11:30 am with a motorcycle ride from Terrell (Ben Gill Park) to Flag Pole Hill 8100 Doran Circle Dallas, TX 75238. Education and entertainment after the ride at Flag Pole Hill. Ride registration begins at 9:30 am at Ben Gill…
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$40

Lace, Grace and Gears 2nd Annual Rally

September 28 - October 1

Join us to build the bonds of Sisterhood for All Women Motorcycle Riders and Passengers from across the U.S. and abroad– and break the World Record for the most ladies in a single riding event! This four-day rally will include self-guided Hill Country rides, scavenger hunt, guest speakers, live entertainment, contests, adventure outings, the record-breaking Parade of Sisters, and much more. Participation with registration is open to both female and male riders of any experience…
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Crockett County Deerfest

December 2 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

A community-wide appreciation banquet for hunters, this evening helps raise money for local civic organizations and the West Texas Rehab. Attendees are fed a meal of chicken-fried deer, turkey, axis, deer sausage, deer chili, deer tamales and brisket. Proceeds are raised through ticket sales for door prizes and admission fees. Previous years’ door prizes included guns, $10,000 in Cabela’s gift cards, a Polaris Ranger, and much more. FMI visit www.deerfest.org or call Martin Childress 325-277-9345
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