Bulletin Staff Report
A Brown County native who has been involved in farming and ranching all his life has been named grand marshal of the 45th annual Brown County Rodeo Parade to be held in downtown Brownwood on Saturday, July 26.
Lewie Newman was raised on a ranch in the hills southeast of May and attended school at May with his two brothers. Newman is a former president of the Brown County Fair Association, and retired from the USDA Agriculture Conservation and Stabilization Service after a career of 30 years.
He and his wife, Peggy, had three boys and one girl. Newman said they all their children “started out and went all through school at May where they participated in everything offered in a school system, very successfully I might say. They also participated in youth fair activities where they showed champion pigs, champion breeding heifers and a reserve champion steer.”
Newman served 20 years on the May school board, some of that time as board president. He has also been president of the May Ex-Student Association. He helped organize the May Rodeo Club, serving as director and as president of the board. He is also a former Brown County commissioner in Precinct 2.
“My Youth Fair life started in 1965 when our oldest son started showing animals,” Newman said. “I served as livestock superintendent representing the Fair Association board of directors, served on the general steering committee, vice president and as president of Brown County Fair Association in the following 30 or so years. I was responsible for securing the floor prices for the steers, lambs, goats and pigs for 20 years or so. I have been partly responsible along with several other people for cooking the potato salad and beans for the annual membership meal for the past 25 or 30 years.”
Newman said the annual Youth Fair and Rodeo have been very successful only because of the many volunteering adults who furnish their free time and talent and work many days and nights before and after both annual events.
“One of the events I remember very well was back in the early ’60s,” Newman said. “We held one of the largest head and healing steer roping in the state at that time, where we had 106 teams entered for a six steer average roping that required 636 steers to be turned out of the chute to be roped in two days and nights. No, I won’t forget that one.”
Newman has been a member of the Brown County Farm Bureau since it began here in 1953, serving on its board of directors and as vice president for many years. He has been serving on the board of directors of the Comanche Electric Cooperative since 1994 and is currently president of the board.