EARLY— Despite spotty showers forecast throughout the weekend, the Early Texas Showcase is expected to continue without delay.
Thousands moved about Early City Park through Saturday morning with a host of events including a pair of charity softball tournaments, venders from throughout the Lone Star State and live performances by local artists.
“It keeps getting busier as they day goes as people get done with football, soccer and all of that,” Early Tourism and Convention Bureau Coordinator Densie Hudson said. “…I’ve been monitoring ticket sales. We literally have ticket sales from Midland, San Angelo, Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, Lampasas, Graham, we have a lot of people that will be here tonight and as the day goes on the park continues to fill.”
Hudson said the only shortcoming so far this year has been a few teams canceling their appearances from the baseball and softball tournaments out of fear they would come to Early, book a hotel room only for the rain to cancel the tournament. The showcase kicked off Thursday with a soft opening, then reported a slight uptick Friday due to high school football games taking place that night. However, Saturday the showcase got into full swing with performers such as Early High School’s Brooklyn Richmond taking the stage, who is currently in the running to sing the national anthem at the National Rodeo Finals in Wyoming.
“It was a great opportunity to get local talent,” Hudson said. “We have a lot of great talent out here, it’s just getting people to showcase it. We’ve had people from Comanche and Goldthwaite as well singing on our stage. It’s not just people from Early and Brownwood. We’ve had people from throughout singing on it.”
From venders’ row, Interim Early Chamber of Commerce Director Domonique Stephens also reported a large, diverse crowd, which was only matched by the variety of venders in attendance.
“This is my first year having to do all of the craziness of vender row. It has been an amazing experience. I’m excited that more traffic is coming in and we’re hoping that flow continues,” Stephens said. “We’re just hoping for the best, including the weather. That way all of our amazing community can experience the showcase.
We got lucky in that we have an amazing variety of food venders and an amazing variety of regular non-food venders. They have been great and wanting to be a part of it. So far, I’m happy we were able to pull this off … If you haven’t been able to come out already there is so much to offer Sunday.”
For a complete listing of the Sunday events at the Early Texas Showcase, for online to visitearly.com.