Rockdale’s Jubilee Days again brought out top-notch rodeo action and this year’s event had a nod to the traditions of the ranching cowboy. Few festivals recognize the working cowboy and this was a special event that featured those who work night and day to keep ranching operations moving steady.
Jubilee Days organizers have been dealing with the challenges of summertime vacations, intense heat and “people not as connected to this way of life,” as organizer Leroy Stephens put it last year. But we give them a thumbs up for bringing a carnival to town along with a chance for rodeo cowboys and cowgirls to show their stuff.
In Cameron, organizers worked hard to show off all Milam has to offer at the first-ever Nature Festival. A lineup of expert speakers and lots of activities to keep kids interested, all set against the beautiful scenery of Ledbetter Park, meant this festival had something to keep everyone’s interest.
In his talk on Friday night, Texas River Institute Director Andrew Sansom said the biggest challenge facing Texas water (and anything concerning the outdoors) was the continuing urbanization of the population. Kids who grow up in the cities are rarely exposed to the natural outdoors, and something as simple as skipping rocks on the water is an unexperienced pleasure for these youth. That goes for outdoor ranching and rodeos, too. Problem is, those children who are not exposed to the outdoors fail to become advocates for it — through their priorities, their donations, their votes.
If you stayed home last weekend, you missed two great festivals and a chance to connect with the great outdoors. The organizers of these festivals work hard throughout the year to bring entertainment and information to us. So let’s get out there and support them next summer.—K.E.C.