The Texas heat makes it feel like summer is already here, even though the season doesnít officially arrive for more than two weeks. But the schools are out, the vacations have begun and itís time to kick back and take it easy.

Right? Wrong.

Itís going to be a busy weekend for area residents.

The Texas Bluegrass Celebration opens Thursday evening with its now traditional beans and cornbread dinner, and on Friday and Saturday, a host of outstanding musicians will take the Brownwood Coliseum stage for this event sponsored by the Early Chamber of Commerce. This is a program that continues to grow, and it enjoys a strong following from local and regional fans.

Meanwhile, the annual Relay for Life sponsored by the Brown County chapter of the American Cancer Society will be held from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium. Itís a major fund-raiser for cancer research and service programs for the organization, but its function as a support to cancer survivors and to others who have lost family and friends to the disease is hardly secondary. Few are in the fortunate position of being able to say their circle has not been directly affected by this disease, but the ongoing research events like this help make possible has provided patients with improved odds of beating it and living a long and enjoyable life.

Another annual event being held this weekend is the Heart of Texas Rod Run organized by the Heartland Cruisers will be held at the Early Chamber of Commerce building. A poker run will begin at Early City Hall on Friday evening, and the car show is scheduled Saturday. Some 200 classic and antique vehicles are expected to be on display, competing for prizes.

A lot is happening in Brown County this weekend, and a glance ahead at the calendar shows itís only the beginning of an exciting summer to come. Local residents donít have to travel a long distance ó even if they can afford to do so ó to have a great time.

Brownwood Bulletin