Call it a Brown County tradition. That first weekend in June is always chock-full of things to do, though this weekend may rival years’ past as busier than ever before. So many events and activities are packed into that three-day span — just about — that much bigger cities might seem boring by comparison.
The Texas Bluegrass Festival got off to a delicious start Thursday, with the Early Chamber serving a beans and cornbread supper, followed by an anybody-can-join-in-jam-session and finishing with a preview by a couple of bands.
But the celebration is far from over. There’s more music to be made, starting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Brownwood Coliseum, and still more, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be on sale at the door both days — $10 admission on Friday, and $15 on Saturday. Six “cream of the crop” bluegrass bands will rotate their stage times. This year’s roster includes Triple L, Digger Davis and Tombstone, Saltgrass, Tennessee Valley Authority, IIIrd Generation and Clear River.
Also tonight at Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood, and many places around the world, is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
The 12-hour event starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 6 a.m. with fun and games planned every hour on the hour throughout the night.
Preliminary pledges and money had come in at about $32,000, almost half the $70,000 goal in Brown County, and at a midweek calculation, chairmen Bill Owen and Margaret Carter were confident the goal would be met.
Honorary chairs and cancer survivors, Dick Williams and Montana Early, will arrive by helicopter for the start of the event following a few introductions, and the national anthem, led by the Early High School choir, the survivor’s lap will begin. At 7 p.m. a free hot grilled hamburger supper will be served.
The luminary ceremony, during which the stadium’s lights are dimmed and candles are lighted in honor or memory of cancer patients, will begin at 10 p.m. Dallas Huston will read the names of those honored and/or memorialized by the luminaries.
Hot rods, custom cars and classic Detroit iron will be on display today and Saturday, all part of the annual Heartland Rod Run.
And, say the Heartland Cruisers, hosts for the annual Rod Run, you don’t have to have a hot rod or classic car to come and enjoy the best vintage tin and oldies music — all you need is a love for chrome, custom paint and horsepower. This year, the Rod Run proceeds will go to Good Samaritan Ministries.
The Poker Run registration is from 7-8 p.m. today and costs $5 per hand. Registration is in the Early City Hall parking lot. Stops are Bruner Motors, the Sonics on Commerce, Austin Avenue and Early Boulevard, and the Sportsman Center.
The car show will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at Riverside Park. Awards will be given at 3:30 p.m. with trophies to be given for first and second place for each decade from 1900-2000. There is no entry fee and there is plenty of shade under the pecan trees.
A large air slide and bounce room will be provided for the younger children and the usual car show games will be present.
A cruise is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Saturday with cash awards. Line up will be at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Park.