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This week in the Hill Country

Bandera Pet Parade

Sponsored by Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League. Bandera City Park, Registration at 9:00 AM,bandera-pet-parade Judging at 10:00 AM, Parade at 10:30 AM. Enter anything you can lead, ride or carry! If you don’t have a pet – get creative – make up or dress like your ideal pet. Contest entry fee $2.00. Categories are Star Spangled Honors (Most Patriotic Costume), Best of the West (Cowboy/Western Costume), Look Alike Award (Pet and Owner Resemblance), Most Talented, Most Original, Favorite Storybook Character. Judges Pick for Best of Show & Most Creative.
City Park, Bandera, TX

WILLIE NELSON’S 4TH OF JULY PICNIC

Austin360 Amphitheater
9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.
Austin, TX
July 4, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Price: $65+

Yesterday’s News

1873    Delegates for a Colored Men’s State Convention gathered at Brenham with Norris Wright Cuney, a Republican party leader, as president. They announced support for friendly race relations, a federal civil rights act, open political meetings, black landholding, internal improvements, immigration to the United States, President U. S. Grant, and the Republican party. The delegates criticized the violence faced by blacks and efforts to repudiate state debts.

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Texas cowboy by Stanley Wood (1866-1928)

1930 – present    The Texas Cowboy Reunion, founded in 1930 as a tribute to the Texas cowboy, is held each year for three days around July 4 in Stamford (due north of Abilene.) It is a gathering of working cowhands, not professional rodeo cowboys, aimed at honoring their traditions. Held in conjunction with the rodeo are the Texas Old-Timers Reunion, the Texas Quarter Horse Show, and the John Selmon Memorial Art Show.

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