‘Outdoor Expo’ Friday, Saturday

History, cookoff, music, pageant, food displays on tap
Reporter Staff Writer

Apache Pass, eight miles northwest of Rockdale on FM 908, will be the site of the Central Texas Hunting & Outdoor Expo this weekened. Apache Pass, eight miles northwest of Rockdale on FM 908, will be the site of the Central Texas Hunting & Outdoor Expo this weekened. If you like hunting and the outdoors, you need to make plans to attend this weekend’s Central Texas Hunting and Outdoor Expo at Apache Pass, put on by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.

The event w ill include barbecue cookoffs, archery competition, washer tournaments, a “camo” pageant, civil war re-enactment, tons of displays and demonstrations, along with nightly entertainment.

“There should be something for everyone,” Michelle Morgan, Expo chairman said.

Admission is $5 for Friday only and $10 for both days for adults. Two-day children passes (ages 2-12) are $5.

Things get underway on Friday with “school field trip day.” Check-in for the barbecue cookoff will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

FIELD TRIPS—“We are expecting over 450 school kids from six different schools on Friday,” Morgan said.

Students from Hearne, St. Paul Lutheran in Thorndale, Coupland, Immanuel Lutheran of Giddings, Thrall and St. Mary’s of Taylor are expected to be on site Friday for field trips.

Members of a mounted calvary civil war re-enactment group out of Fredricksburg will be on hand for demonstrations Friday, Morgan said.

Daytime activities on Friday are for the school children only.

Friday night’s entertainment will include “Straight Up,” formerly known as “Broken Chains,” from 5-8 p.m. under the pavillion. From 8 p.m. until midnight there will be karaoke hosted by Bobby Buchanan.

BEAUTY & AMMO—Things start up again at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the “camo pageant” registration, cooks’ meeting for the cookoff and the 3-D archery competitions.

The pageant is open to boys ages 4-7 and girls ages 4-18. More information on the pageant can be found on the Chamber’s website (w w Pageant will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The 3-D archery tournament will be put on by the Bastrop County Bow Hunters. Sign up will be the day of the event from 9-1. Scorecards will be calculated at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 17 and under. Participants will need to supply their own bow and arrows. They can pay to shoot multiple rounds but only the first round will count toward the tournament score. Trophies will be awarded to winners in each category.

A skeet shoot competition will also run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in two divisions, 15 and under and 16 and older. It will be $12 for 12 shots with a community gun or $10 for 12 shots with your own gun and ammo.

Morgan said fire department equipment and personnel will be on hand throughout the weekend as a safety precaution.

COOKOFF—The barbecue cookoff will include entries in beans, chicken, pork spare ribs, beef brisket and wild game. A margarita and salsa taste-off will be held on Friday night. Awards for Saturday’s portion of the cookoff are set for 6 p.m. Entry fee is $100 for the meat categories and $10 each for the bean, salsa and margarita jackpot categories. Payout will be at least 50 percent to winners.

Early week numbers show about 30 teams signed up for the cookoff.

RE-ENACTMENT—The Fredricksburg civil war group will be back on hand from 1-2 p.m. for a re-enactment and members will also hold a question and answer session at the conclusion of their “show” on the grounds.

The washer tourney is set to get underway at 2 p.m. with no pre-registration required with an entry fee of $20 and a 70-percent payout.

Other things on site include fly fishing demonstrations and lessons, displays from Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Forestry Service, children’s activities, a petting zoo and other outdoor vendors and exhibits.

‘CAMO COTILLION’—Saturday’s events will conclude with a “Camo Cotillion” dance starting at 9 p.m. featuring Rockdale native Lange Debault.

Sponsors for the event, along with the Chamber, are Walmart, Miller-Starnes Chevrolet-Buick, Rockdale Signs & Photography, Rockdale Country Ford, Coufal- Prater Equipment, Taylor Equipment and Williamson County Equipment Company.

Proceeds from the weekend will go back to the Chamber in hopes to make the Central Texas Hunting and Outdoor Expo an annual event, Morgan said.

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