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North vs. South at Apache Pass

First ‘Expo’ includes Civil War reenactment


‘Yankees’ (actually reenacters from the Fredericksburg, Texas, Cavalry) return fire in the ‘Battle of Apache Pass’ on Saturday. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken ‘Yankees’ (actually reenacters from the Fredericksburg, Texas, Cavalry) return fire in the ‘Battle of Apache Pass’ on Saturday. Reporter/Marie Bakken Organizers say that 1,500 bands were handed out to vendors, cookers, spectators and more dur ing the f irst ever Hunting and Outdoor Expo held Friday and Saturday at Apache Pass, north of Rockdale on FM 908. The event was sponored by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.

That large attendance number included 450 school children from six districts throughout Central Texas.

“ I think ever yone had a great time,” Expo chairperson Michelle Morgan said. “Some of the comments we received included, ‘ this is great for your first year’.”

Plans are to make the event an annual thing on the fourth weekend of each September.

“It will get bigger and better in the years to come,” Morgan said. “We are looking for larger sponsors, lots more vendors and w ill continue with the Civil War re-enactments. We see it doubling in size.”


From left, archer Jeff Barnard ready to ‘let er fly,’ Les Davenport and Doug Davenport plot Rebel strategy during the skirmish. From left, archer Jeff Barnard ready to ‘let er fly,’ Les Davenport and Doug Davenport plot Rebel strategy during the skirmish. The event started with a school field day on Friday where students got to interact w ith members of civil war re- enactment groups from Milam County and Fredericksburg.

Karaoke with Bobby Buchanan was offered to visitors on Friday evening.

Food vendors were on site both days with serveral varieties of treats. There were also displays from Texas Parks and Wild life Depar tment, Texas Forestry Service, f ly fishing activites, horse rides and implement exhibits.

A “ camo pageant” was held Saturday with winners crowned in several divisions from boys ages 4-7 and girls ages 4-18. Skeet shooting, washer pitching, horseshoes and 3D archery contests were also held.

A group of “Milam County Gray,” civil war re- enactors from the area organized by Les Davenport, along w ith a mounted calvary group from Fredericksburg, delighted spectators on Saturday afternoon with a “skirmish.” The group stayed around to answer questions and were also set up for informational talks during the day.

Twenty teams participated in the Expo’s inagural barbecue cookoff. Flop- N- Sop of Rockdale was the overall champion during Saturday’s competition.

Saturday night wrapped up things with a “Camo Cotillion” w it h music f rom Rockdale’s own Lange Debault.

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



‘This is the way it was,’ Les Davenport tells spectators who watched the the re-enactment during Saturday’s Expo activities. ‘This is the way it was,’ Les Davenport tells spectators who watched the the re-enactment during Saturday’s Expo activities.

Maci Wages won the 14-16 division of the Camo Pageant. Maci Wages won the 14-16 division of the Camo Pageant.

Flop-N-Sop was the overall champion barbecue cooking team. From left: Noah Lillard, Andy Willingham, Colby Fisher (holding daughter Paisly Fisher), Justin Breithaupt. Not pictured is Carter Travis. Flop-N-Sop was the overall champion barbecue cooking team. From left: Noah Lillard, Andy Willingham, Colby Fisher (holding daughter Paisly Fisher), Justin Breithaupt. Not pictured is Carter Travis.

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