Busy times ahead in Rockdale

This is the week of the 35th annual Rockdale Fair. The fair activities began this last weekend with the pageants and team roping. The Childrens’ Pageant went great and the winners were adorable. Great job by Elisha Betchan and her committee. In the evening The Miss Rockdale Fair pageant went off in an elegant way. Miss Texas performed and she was indeed a star. Emily McCoy, Becky Wolf and Allison Steinbecker performed for the pageants and what a great job they all did. We have a lot of talent in this town and these ladies were exceptional.

Yours truly also sang, which is always such a fun thing to do. Hats off to Neva Caffey and her committee—they did a fabulous job of decorating and organizing. Congratulations to all of the winners and look for them this Saturday on the Chamber float in the parade starting at 10 am. The fun continues this week with the Rockdale Fair with dances, carnival, arts and crafts and so much more. Season tickets are available until Thursday and then they are available at the gate each day. Come on out and I’ll see you at the Fair.

In addition to the Fair this month there are so many other activities. On Thursday, Oct. 21 the opening of a photo exhibit of sites along the El Camino Real de los Tejas will be at the Lucy Hill Patterson Library starting at 7 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public.

There will be a big event at Apache Pass the weekend of October 22- 23 called ArtOutside. This art and music festival brings in artists of every type from all over the country. It sounds like a wonderful event with art of all kinds of visual artists and performing artists. From art cars, to circus art, paintings to aerial artists and musicians. The tickets can be bought at the gate for Saturday pass for $45, Sunday pass for $35. Go out and enjoy the beauty of Apache Pass and the diverse collection of artists.

Also that weekend Cliff’s Tavern is hosting the 1st Annual Ride for the Cure, benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at 218 N. Main St. The cost is $20 per rider and $25 with a passenger. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. and kickstands down at 4 p.m. There will be a trophy for best bike, best hot rod, best antique car. Auction at 5 p.m., live entertainment, 50/50 drawing and lots more. Call Lorrie Currie, 512-269-5135 or Cliff’s Tavern, 512-446-5916. Come out, have fun and support a great cause.

On Oct. 30 we have a Community health fair and benefit for Terrilyn Williams, located at Healing Handzz at 225 N. Main. There will be all types of children’s activities from fire truck tours, bicycle safety presentations, apple bobbing, hula hoop contest, jump rope-a-thon, barbecue plates to go, silent auction and so much more. Plus there will be speakers and the Scott & White Blood Mobile will be there. The times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Door-prizes and raffles. Call Deta Donnelly, 446-4252 for more information.

Wow what a lineup of activities. Who says there is nothing to do in Rockdale, Texas? So get out and enjoy our town and its people. Get involved and make a difference in your community.

Until next time I leave you with this...Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

ddoss@rockdalechamber.com


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