Cowboy hats and twirling skirts took center stage as early morning rains gave way to overcast skies and much-appreciated cooler temperatures Wednesday afternoon.
The Center City of Amarillo production of High Noon on the Square went off without a hitch on the Potter County Courthouse lawn. Youngblood's Cafe provided the barbecue lunch for the summer's second show, the cast from the musical "Texas" provided the entertainment and the National Weather Service of Amarillo provided the good news to Center City's Executive Director Beth Duke.
One of the first things Duke said she does on Wednesday mornings during the summer is double check the weather. She figures out by about 9 a.m. if High Noon will go on as planned.
"They said by 11 (a.m.) it would be fine," Duke said Wednesday, "and I think it's a perfect afternoon for barbecue."
She said if the show does need to be moved indoors she tries to get the word out via social media, television, radio and AGN Media. She said people also can sign up to be on the e-blast list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We have a fabulous Plan B," Duke said.
She said Happy State Bank has offered its atrium for an indoor event when it's raining or lightening. She said Center City has only had weather-related issues "a couple of times in 24 years," however one of those was last year's opening performance.
Before "Texas" singers and dancers delighted the crowd, David Pendergrass was announced as the winner of this year's Coors Cowboy Club Cattle Drive photo contest. His shot of last month's cattle drive in downtown Amarillo captured the moment, impressed the judges and landed him $500.
Pendergrass, who said he has "dabbled" in photography for three or four decades, also won last year to become the first repeat winner in the contest's five years. Pendergrass is retired from Mobil after working there 40 years. His wife, Jeanne, said he has taken pictures all over the world.
Next week's High Noon on the Square performance will be from the cast of the Summer Youth Musical's "The Secret Garden." It'll be back at the courthouse, weather permitting.