Lots of places tout their celebrations as having something for every member of the family but Tejas Fest delivers. Here’s what visitors to Rockdale, and those who live here, could choose from:
• Books and authors. Eight best selling authors delivered lectures on subjects ranging from politics to history to baseball. Authors, publishers and book sellers held a massive day-long sale in the city library. Twelve authors visited local school campuses on Friday.
• Art. At least 16 artists from the area, including many from Rockdale, displayed their considerable talents at Wolf Park. Displays ranged from paintings to jewelry to sculptures to woodworking.
• Vrooom! One hundred and one cars and motorcycles lined up on blocks and Ackerman and Milam streets and on parking lots in an event sponsored by the Downtown Rockdale Association.
• Music, dance. Musical entertainment ranged from Christian band Broken Chains to the Matinee Musical Club to school choirs to the Communities in Concert band. Interpretative dance was provided by the Folklorico Dancers and the Rising Star Dancers.
• For the kids. Many youngsters participated in Tejas Fest events, ranging from essay and art contests to historic skits to volunteers who assisted throughout the day. For the younger set, there was face painting at the Kay Theatre.
• History. The past was on display at the I&GN Depot with blacksmith and flint knapping demonstrations and historic displays inside the museum.
• Food. The 2010 event turned downtown Rockdale into a food court with selections ranging from Chinese to Mexican to barbecue to baked goods and much more. Nobody left Tejas Fest hungry.
• An event of that scale doesn’t happen by itself. The hundreds of volunteers who participated can be proud, both of themselves and their town.—M.B.