Iconic Ranger will return for Tejas Fest

Jackson Jackson One of the most popular speakers ever from past Rockdale’s annual Tejas Book and Ar t Fest ivals wi l l return for his third trip Saturday, March 2, when the Tejas Fest unreels downtown.

Retired Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson, who also appeared at the 2008 and 2009 festivals, will be one of 11 authors appearing at the seventh annual Tejas Fest, which is being organized thanks to a volunteer committee this time around.

“We are going to have a Tejas Fest in 2013,” committee chair Dave Phillips told The Reporter.

“ We’ve gotten our money from the city, we’ve been meet ing in recent weeks and, while we’ve got a lot of work to do, things are coming together. We’re looking to have the biggest and best one yet.”

In previous years, Tejas Fest was organized by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, but late last year that organization decided to forego adminis- tering the city’s hotel-motel tax for 2013.

That briefly left the future of Tejas Fest in doubt. But a volunteer committee was quickly organized, applied to the city for funding and received $14,500 to stage the 2013 event.

“We’re pretty sure another local organization is going to pitch in to help us out,” Phillips said. “We’ll know more after a meeting this week. But the bottom line is, Tejas is on schedule and it’s going to be another great one.”

RANGER—Jackson, who has been described as “the iconic face of the modern day Texas Rangers, after he appeared on the cover of “Texas Monthly” magazine in 1994, received an enthusiastic welcome from crowd s at h is t wo prev ious appearances in Rockdale.

The author of the frank and honest “One Ranger” and “One Returns,” he retired after serving in the Texas Rangers for 27 years.

A native of Alpine, he holds a bachelor of science degree in police administration, is a graduate of the National FBI Academy and was a certified instructor with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Sadly, Jackson’s beloved wife, Shirley, a former singer and friend of Patsy Cline, died almost exactly one year ago, just a few months shor t of what would have been the couple’s 50th anniversary.

Last summer, Jackson was inducted into the Frontier Times Museum’s Texas Heroes Hall of Honor in Bandera.

EVENTS— Phillips said more details will be released in upcoming weeks but the 2013 Tejas will feature many of the events in past years.

Authors will speak at the city library, there will be an artists workshop, activities at the I&GN Depot and Kay Theatre and the annual Linwood Acres Garden Club plant exchange at the former Henry Garage.

“ We’re tr y ing to make the depot and the Kay Theatre sort of the Main Street anchors for downtown Rockdale,” Phillips said.

“Also, we’ll have crafts booths and we’re planning to group the food booths into a food court near the depot,” he said

Authors will speak at Rockdale schools on Friday, March 1, and will attend an evening reception at Citizens National Bank.

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