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Jamboree prompts toe-tappin’
by Tim Delaney
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Ray Goodwin of Victoria sings "Heartaches by the Number" at the Refugio County Jamboree on Thursday evening, July 25. Others in the Jamboree Band are Rick Faircloth of Yoakum on drums, Emcee Bill Dragoo and Donald Florus of Flatonia  on fiddle.
Tim Delaney photo Ray Goodwin of Victoria sings "Heartaches by the Number" at the Refugio County Jamboree on Thursday evening, July 25. Others in the Jamboree Band are Rick Faircloth of Yoakum on drums, Emcee Bill Dragoo and Donald Florus of Flatonia on fiddle.
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From left, Stephanie Ordaz, 21, and Ayde Ordaz, 13, operated the Refugio County Jamboree concessions on Thursday evening, July 25. About 40 people attended the music venue.
Tim Delaney photo From left, Stephanie Ordaz, 21, and Ayde Ordaz, 13, operated the Refugio County Jamboree concessions on Thursday evening, July 25. About 40 people attended the music venue.
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Refugio County Jamboree fan Gene Herrmann, left, of Beeville, stands with his friend Jamboree Emcee Bill Dragoo on Thursday evening, July 25. Hermann said he has been coming to the Jamboree for 15 years.
Tim Delaney photo Refugio County Jamboree fan Gene Herrmann, left, of Beeville, stands with his friend Jamboree Emcee Bill Dragoo on Thursday evening, July 25. Hermann said he has been coming to the Jamboree for 15 years.
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REFUGIO – For the past 15 years, Gene Herrmann of Beeville has faithfully attended the Refugio County Jamboree.

And he was in the audience Thursday evening, Jan. 25, as were about 40 other fans.

The Jamboree began when the community center was built more than 22 years ago.

“I’ve been coming about 15 years,” Herrmann said. “My wife and I came for years and years, but my wife died Aug. 13, 2010,” he said.

Herrmann said he comes to the event because of the Jamboree Band.

“They’re a good band. They play good music –good country and western music,” he said.

He said some different acts sit in with the band, as well.

Herrmann complimented Emcee Bill Dragoo and drummer Rick Faircloth, who he knew from Beeville.

“I’m from Refugio orginally,” Faircloth said. He lives in Yoakum now.

“Before I graduated, my dad was transferred in the oil and gas business,” he said.

So Faircloth graduated in Beeville in 1956, missing out on all graduating with all his classmates from Refugio.

Also at the Jamboree as a special act was Ray Goodwin, who sings several songs with the Jamboree Band.

Among those songs are “Heartaches by the Number,” “Four Walls,” “It’s Only Make Believe,” and “Lord I Hope This Day is Good.”

Although Goodwin is getting well known from Central Texas to South Texas performing country, he also is well know as a football announcer for the Victoria football games.

The Jamboree also features a concession full of home baked pies and cakes, drinks and burgers.

The Ordaz sisters –Stephanie and Ayde – were on hand to make sure audience members got what they wanted at the concession.

Other members of the Jamboree Band included Johnny Mitchell on lead guitar, Calallen; Donald Florus on fiddle, Victoria; Bingo Wilson on Bass, Agua Dulce; and Aaron Migl on rhythm guitar, Victoria.

Ray Boyd sat in on keyboard for the evening performance.

Other featured singers were L.A. Zdansky of Corpus Christi and Harvey Bailey of Victoria.

The next show will be Thursday, Aug. 22 in the Refugio Community Center.

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