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County site of rare two-fer
by Chip Latcham
Mar 19, 2014 | 62 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Spring officially arrives on Thursday, and bluebonnets and other wildflowers are popping up along the countryside.

While some folks are excited about the start of March Madness, many cannot wait to get outside and enjoy this glorious weather. Two out-of-the-ordinary outings are offered right here at home this weekend.

First, the Texas Mile roars back into Bee County, being held Friday through Sunday at Chase Field’s crosswind runway.

A full field of 220 auto and motorcycle racers again will satisfy their need for speed, while pit crews and spectators watch them attempt to set records on the one-mile track.

Racing begins at 8 a.m. each day. Admission is $25 for a three-day spectator pass, and children under 12 admitted free. Beeville residents can receive a discount pass of $20.

“Everybody gets to see the flashy cars but what we have built is more than that,” Shannon Matus, organizer of the Texas Mile, said. “The people are the heart and soul that make the event.”

She credited the “incredible amount of work” to stage this venue and pointed out this race attracts thousands of visitors to Beeville, filling local motel rooms. This is one of only seven places in the world where this kind of event happens, she said. Racers are coming from 26 different states and seven different countries.

If you run into Matus and her husband, Jay, at Chase, please let them know how much we appreciate their contributions to our sleepy little community.

Also, for those who appreciate history, the second Bee County Living History Celebration will be staged from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday near the McClanahan House on East Corpus Christi Street and the surrounding mini-parks.

Organizer Shirley O’Neil said about this free event, “We’re trying to bring people out to share their history which melded and made this county’s history.”

From Native American singers, drummers and dancers to storytellers, pioneer games, tours and a pictorial history of the county on display, there promises to be exhibits and demonstrations that will educate and intrigue both children and adults.

A raffle also will be held to benefit the historic McClanahan House. Our thanks to the Bee County Historical Society and Beeville Main Street for presenting this special attraction.

So, for residents and visitors, this weekend boasts something old (re-enactors) and something new (race cars), something borrowed (from the past and Goliad) and something blue (bonnets, headdresses, streaking vehicles and cool, clear skies).

Other small communities would be green with envy to host such unique opportunities; so take advantage of these while you can.
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