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Council approves Go Texan request for Western Week
by Gary Kent
Apr 27, 2011 | 1418 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beeville City Council members approved a request from the Bee County Go Texan Scholarship Fund, Inc. for $30,000 in hotel and motel occupancy tax funds when they met Tuesday evening, April 12.

The Go Texan group was requesting the money to help fund the promotion of this year’s annual Western Week Celebration.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike Scotten represented the Go Texan organization, reading a tentative schedule of events planned for the October celebration. He also read an itemized list of where the money would be spent.

Funds for the event will be used to promote tourism and the hotel industry, Scotten told the council.

The four-day celebration will begin on Oct. 13 and continue through Oct. 16 with team roping and a rodeo that will encourage spectators and participants to stay overnight in local motels.

Other attractions this year will include a concert featuring a country/western recording artist, a reptile show, a magic show and western gun fight re-enactments.

“Western Week is Bee County’s largest and longest-running festival that was started over 35 years ago and has since become a Beeville tradition,” Scotten told his fellow council members.

Some celebration events will actually begin days before the activities open on the grounds of the Bee County Exposition Center with a golf tournament and a Miss Western Week pageant on Oct. 3.

One of the most significant events of the celebration will be the annual Bee County Chamber of Commerce Parade along North Washington Street on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Scotten said the Go Texan organization donates thousands of dollars of the proceeds made during the celebration to Coastal Bend College, the Beeville Vineyard and in providing scholarships to graduating seniors at Bee County high schools.

More than 12,000 people passed through the front gate at the Expo Center during last year’s celebration, Scotten said.

Councilman David Carabajal made the motion to approve the request and Councilman John Fulghum seconded the motion.

Those two council members were joined by Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez in voting in favor of the motion.

Scotten and Councilwoman Libby Spires abstained because both of them are associated with organizations that are involved with the celebration.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Approve a request for $4,144.80 in 4B sales tax funds to Illusions Hair Salon at 800 N. Washington St. for facade improvements made to that business.

— Pass a resolution showing the council’s support for the Texas Mile. The event has been held at a former U.S. Navy auxiliary landing field in Goliad County for the past eight years but it will be calling the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex its new home.

Thousands of participants and spectators will be coming to Bee County three times a year for the racing event.

— Authorize the Beeville Police Department to purchase a Chevrolet sedan for $20,485.05 to serve as an unmarked car for the assistant police chief.

— Reappoint Elden Price to the Traffic Safety Commission and name Mike Page to replace a resigning member of that commission.

— Schedule a public hearing for April 26 to listen to comments on the voluntary annexation of Dan. A. Hughes property west of North St. Mary’s Street and south of Reyes Road.

The property is the site of the new Danville Village condominium complex.

— Slate a public hearing on a zone change request for property at 1206 W. Sylvia St. for 6 p.m. at the council’s May 10 meeting.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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April 27, 2011
did western Wek make any money last year??? If so , how much?