ďNever approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.Ē ó from Cowboyway.com

By Candace Cooksey Fulton ó Brownwood Bulletin

Well howdy cowfolks and wannabes, used-to-weres and once-a-years (for the rodeo). Todayís your day.

Everybody loves a parade. Well, just as many love the rodeo and a fair-sized group love to dance. Canít argue that this is a made-to-order day for them. For the rest, itís going to be a sort of catch-as-catch-can.

Oh sure, weíll list the various and sundry things on the calendar for today that donít have much to do with the rodeo. But the pickings are slim, the marginís pretty wide and other activities seem to be fairly minimal.

The rodeoís here, and weíre near and the wise choice will be to enjoy as much or all as can be possibly enjoyed of whatís here and near.

They say it will be a great day for a parade, and if youíve been here even one July, you know for sure, itís not just the parade that makes this Saturday special. Word downtown is there will be all kinds of sidewalk sales and summer specials. Please, donít forget to check out the farmerís market, downtown on Brown Street.

Early birds get the goods

Abundant Life Church, 1120 Belle Plain, is hosting a yard sale from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot. All proceeds are to benefit The Refuge, a ď20-something ministry.Ē

Recycle, recycle, recycle

The citizens of Lake Brownwood and Keep Brownwood Beautiful will cosponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Brownwood Bridge Volunteer Fire Station on Highway 279.

Recycle your glass, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum, tin or metal cans, plastic soda/water bottles and milk jugs. All items must be clean, and please, be a sport and remove the lids.

Farmerís market

The Brownwood Area Farmers Market, sponsored this year by Downtown Brownwood Inc., is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to sell out, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3 p.m. to sell out. The market is located in the 500 block of Brown Street in the lot between Adams and Chandler. Fresh homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants and maybe some jams jellies will be for sale, so come on by and shop.

Hot dog!

Help send four Brownwood High School Lionettes to New York City this Thanksgiving. Karson Hailey, Kelci Charboneau, Hannah Sharp and Ina Pittman have been invited to perform at the Macyís Day Parade and are holding a hot dog fund-raiser. Sale starts right after the Brown County Rodeo Parade at the Bank of America drive-through area.

Gospel singiní

First Baptist Church of Bangs and Central Texas Gospel are hosting a Southern Gospel concert at 6 p.m. at the church at 401 S. Second St. in Bangs. Admission is free, with a love offering taken.

Dance club

OK, itís Saturday night, and that means the Heart of Texas Dance Club will be meeting ó and dancing (just like every Saturday night) ó from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Johnís Episcopal Church, on the corner of Main and Depot for a little open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information.

Various and sundry

The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday. For group tours and information call 641-1926.