Tejas Fest, car show ahead March 1-2

Authors, vehicles featured downtown

Some “high-octane” authors and motorized vehicles will be in downtown Rockdale the first weekend in March.

Rockdale will host its seventh annual Tejas Fest, with most events Saturday, March 2, with authors, artists, events for children, food and plenty of history.

And the Rockdale Downtown Association (RDA) hosts an early spring tradition, the annual Auto & Cycle Show in the downtown area.

Site is the block of Ackerman north of US 79, Milam Street and the Citizens National Bank parking lots.

TEJAS FEST—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.

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 crowds at his two previous 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.

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

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

“The depot and the Kay Theatre are the Main Street anchors for downtown Rockdale,” organizer Dave 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 also attend an evening reception at Citizens National Bank.

CAR SHOW— Last year the show drew 95 vehicles and another large turnout is anticipated for 2013.

The show will run from 8 to 10 a.m. with awards in 26 classes presented at 2:30 p.m.

Chris Dyess, RDA president, said there will be food booths on-site, the show is open to the public and parking is free.

There are also door prizes and a fund-raising drawing.

Entry fee, for autos and motorcycles, is $20 each.

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