As part of the town’s Centennial celebration—George West was founded in September 1914—an extravaganza of special events is slated to take place throughout the year but especially in and around July.
Mary Ann Pawlik, chair of the GW Centennial, said this “Old Fashioned Fourth of July” celebration should be a treat to experience. Expect much in the way of singing, games, free food and children’s activities.
Also, stick around and enjoy some very heartfelt, patriotic words from an attorney, lobbyist, former Republican politician and former Bexar County judge, Pawlik said.
“There will be a rousing speech by Cyndi Taylor Krier,” Pawlik said. “Everything starts at 10 a.m. Bring your own chair.”
The Fourth of July celebration takes place at George West City Park, Highway 281 and Crockett St.
• 10 a.m. — Patriotic Singing and Address by Cyndi Taylor Krier.
• 10:30 a.m.-noon — Old fashioned games for adults and kids, free hot dogs, lemonade and watermelon.
Jump back a day earlier—to July 3—and you’ll witness end of voting on the George West Centennial King and Queen Contest. The candidates include Olga Diaz, Margaret Sue (Mox) Byrom and Margaret James for queen; and Bill Hardwick or Ike Houdmann for king.
(Contact Sue Holland, 361-449-1471, if you’re voting by mail or at six business locations in George West.)
The king and queen coronation takes place at the Dobie West Theater at 6:30 Aug. 23 with a reception following afterward.
“Voting has been heavy—and we thank everyone who has participated,” reads a joint statement from contest chairs Sue Johnson and Laura Gilmore.
Other calendar highlights include:
• Aug. 8-9, 7 p.m. — “Dividing the Estate” play at the Dobie West Theatre. $10 admission.
• Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. — The aforementioned king and queen crowning at Dobie West Theatre with reception to follow.
• Centennial Weekend — Sept. 18 through 21.
• Sept. 18-21 — Vietnam Memorial Wall at the Justice Center.
• Sept. 19 — Friday, 7 p.m. Readers Theatre, Dobie West Theatre — about “The West Brothers”
• Sept. 20 — 10 a.m. All Class Reunion — Classmates and Friends meet at GW Cafeteria for visiting and refreshments-tour the New High School; 3 p.m. – Centennial Parade; all floats welcome, class floats, family floats and cars; 5 p.m. – Dinner on the Courthouse Lawn. RSVP with Mary Ann Pawlik at email@example.com); 7 p.m. – History Highlights of George West at Dobie West Theatre; 8:30 p.m. – Live Band Concert on Courthouse step with Laser Show Finale.
Sept. 21 — 1:30 p.m., Texas Historical Marker Unveilings; Canfield Home Dedication, Program at Dobie West Theater, Tullis/Lewis Subject Marker Dedication, South Trust Bank (formerly 1st National Bank) Refreshments, George West Band – Tribute Military Armed Forces Medley Ranch Rodeo Day.)
• Oct. 11 — noon – Cook Off Judging, Market Days – all day, 6 p.m. – Ranch Rodeo, 9 p.m. – Dance.
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