Society

The many faces of Tejas

Authors, art, music, cars blend during celebration

Praise interpretive dancers from Rising Star Baptist Church performed at Wolf Park in front of town symbol, I&GN Depot Museum. From left, Ivory Douglas, Jadon Lewis, Lela Mitchell and Janeene Maloy. Reporter/Mike Brown Praise interpretive dancers from Rising Star Baptist Church performed at Wolf Park in front of town symbol, I&GN Depot Museum. From left, Ivory Douglas, Jadon Lewis, Lela Mitchell and Janeene Maloy. Reporter/Mike Brown Rockdale’s fourth annual Tejas Fest, which unreeled downtown Saturday before a crowd of thousands, was as diverse as Texas.

Where also, in the space of a few blocks, could you listen to a former Texas agriculture commissioner, see a 1923 Ford TBucket, tour an art gallery, listen to three live bands and see a reenacment of Texas history?

And do it all while munching on barbecue, egg rolls, shishkebabs, hot dogs, baked goods, gorditas and ice cream.

T he Ro c kd a le D ow ntow n Association’s car show drew 101 entries from as far away as Victoria and San Antonio, according to Bernie Finley, organizer.,

The heart of Tejas Fest, as always, was appearances by authors at the city library and the depot-museum.

Cade Lambright gets a makeover from Karmjit Gill in face-painting booth in front of Kay Theatre. Cade Lambright gets a makeover from Karmjit Gill in face-painting booth in front of Kay Theatre. Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Comissioner, brought his brand of populist rhetoric to a crowd during his talk at the Depot, which played well after a huge round of corporate layoffs.

He plugged his book, “Swim Against the Current,” which chronicles people who he said have a better idea about how to run things, from banking experiments to organic farming.

The Denison native praised hard-working people: “The book is full of people just like you— plucky people, good folks. This country did not become great because of the Wall Street elite, but by every day people.”

Results

Results for art and auto/cycle shows were listed as follows:

ART SHOW Best of show—Corolyn Holub.

Intense artist Rita Kirkman specializes in portraits, caricatures. Intense artist Rita Kirkman specializes in portraits, caricatures. High school First—Corolyn Holub. Second—Justin Herrera. Third—Hayli Gregory.

Junior-high First—Shelly Evans.

Second—Alex Ferguson.

Third—Chris Vest-Marco Romo- Spencer Evans.

CAR SHOW

Best in show—Mark Muston, 1923 Ford T-bucket.

Mayor’s choice—Cathy Ormsby, 1968 Camaro.

Ladies choice—Cathy Ormsby, 1968 Camaro.

Best street rod, T-bucket— Mark Muston, Rockdale, 1923 Ford T-bucket.

Best street rod, open—Raymond and Sandra Tate, 1929 Ford Roadster pickup.

Best street rod, closed—R. J. Pelzel, 1934 Ford Coupe.

Best conver tible —Jennifer Owen, Dodge Coronet R/T.

Best convertible (post 1960)— Cathy Ormsby, 1968 Camaro.

Best antique car, 1946 and older—John Franklin, 1931 Ford Coupe.

Rememberring the Alamo (L-R) Ashley Barcuch (William Travis), Blake King (Davy Crockett), Mia Arnold (ghost of Ben Milam). Rememberring the Alamo (L-R) Ashley Barcuch (William Travis), Blake King (Davy Crockett), Mia Arnold (ghost of Ben Milam). Best antique car, (post 1946)— Justin Praesel, 1948 Chr ysler Windsor.

Best antique truck, (1946 and older)—Larry Cissna, 1030 Model A.

Best antique truck , (post 1946)—J. R. Rusch, 1949 Chevy pickup.

Best muscle car—Chuck Owen, 1968 Plymouth GTX.

Best 1975 and older car—Jack Truelove, 1957 Chevy.

Best 1975 and older truck— Charles Kuder, 1934 Ford pickup.

B

est post-1975 car—Tim Patin,

1977 Trans-Am.

Best post-1975 truck—Shane McHenry, 1975 Chevy.

Best Corvette—Bernie Jensen, 1965.

Best Mustang—Darrell Paris, 1965 Shelby.

Best Camaro—Jef f Ormsby, 1968.

Best antique motorcycle (1975 and older)—Brett Lindsey, 1958 Cushman Eagle.

Best custom motorcycle— Dusty Albreight, 2003 Big Dog Chopper.

Best original motorcycle (post 1975)—Roger Kiesling, 2022 Indian Spirit Deluxe.

Special interest—Ken Berry, 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk.

Best Mopar—Carrol Embr y, 1936 Dodge.

Best Chevy—J. J. Rusch, 1946 Chevy pickup.

Best Chevy—J. J. Rusch, 1946 Chevy pickup.

Best Ford—Charles Kuder, 1929 Ford pickup.


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