The Brownwood Reunion Celebration will have an even greater hometown feeling this year with the theme “Roots Run Deep.”
The theme, as well as the names of the two headline entertainers for the festival scheduled Sept. 19-21, were unveiled Tuesday morning at the Brownwood Public Library’s Genealogy Branch.
“We’re ready to capture the spirit of the festival and the feeling of Brownwood,” said Randee Green, executive director of the Brownwood Reunion Celebration.
The theme is captured on the celebration’s official poster, designed by sisters Shauna and Sarah Dodds of BackStage Design Studios of Austin.
The eighth annual celebration covers most of the downtown business district with exhibits, rides, entertainment and other attractions for people of all ages.
Green said Robert Porter and Troy Carroll, two longtime volunteers, were chosen to unveil the poster because of their families’ own deep roots in the city. Porter said his family has been here since the 1920s, and Carroll said his ancestors settled here at least in the 1890s, when documentation is available, but perhaps earlier than that.
Porter said even though between 1,200 and 1,500 volunteers are mobilized to produce the Brownwood Reunion Celebration each year, “it couldn’t happen without the professional management of Randee Green.”
With the “roots” theme attached to this eighth annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration, Clay Riley of the Genealogy Library said the facility on South Broadway will be open additional hours, including that Sunday, to welcome visitors.
“We’ll have our materials available, and historic books for sale,” Riley said.
Copies of the poster will be available to the public in August.