Second ‘outdoor expo’ this weekend

Civil War reenactment, tourneys, music, food, fun ahead at Apache Pass

Historic Apache Pass will be the place to welcome in fall Friday and Saturday as the second annual Central Texas Outdoor Expo unreels beside the San Gabriel River.

The expo features a Saturday night dance with Little Texas, food, a barbecue cookoff, all kinds of competitions and exhibits by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Master Naturalists.

Last year’s highlight presentation returns at 1 p.m. Saturday with a Civil War reenactment in period costume.

It’s the perfect week for such a remembrance. Monday was the 150th anniversary of the war’s bloodiest single day, the Battle of Antietam, fought Sept. 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland.

ADMISSION—Two-day admission to the Outdoor Expo is priced at $10 for those 13 and over and $5 for ages 2-12.

After 5 p.m. Saturday, for the Little Texas appearance, admission goes to $15.

Active duty military personnel will be admitted free with their military IDs.

SCHEDULE—Friday features a Battle of the Bands at 6 p.m., along with a margarita and salsa taste-off.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and here’s the schedule of events for the big day.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Skeet shooting; 3-D archery.

1 p.m.—Civil War reenactment; horseshoe tourney; washer tourney.

5:30 p.m.—Barbecue cookoff awards.

6 p.m.—Battle of the Bands winner.

8:30 p.m.—Dance with Little Texas.

All day—BBQ cookoff, f ly fishing demonstrations and lessons, outdoor vendors, both food and retail, giant gunny sack slide, rock climbing.

Pony rides, exotic petting zoo, children’s activities, Wild West Regulators Show, Texas Parks & Wildlife display, Texas Master Naturalists exhibit.

Sponsors for the 2012 Outdoor Expo include:

Rockdale General Store, Rancho Del Marr, KRXT, Alcoa, Shindigs, Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, Texas Amateur Rodeo Association.

Med Spa, Stoney’s Liquors, The Marine Outlet Inc., Rockdale Signs, Cowboy Reflections, KMIL, Miller Starnes Chevrolet Buick, Stanley-Lynd Dodge, Taylor Equipment.

Julie Sulak State Farm Insurance, Days Inn, RV Outlet Mall, Spillar Custom Hitches, Coufal Prater.

Garlyn Shelton, WACO 100, Apache Pass, Walmart/Michael Lopez, Luminant.

Apache Pass is located eight miles northwest of Rockdale on FM 908.

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