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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wind Festival a Huge Success

Spectators crowd Cypress Street to hear the Bellamy Brothers. (Photo Courtesy of Leslie Schmidt)  

On a day when the weather was almost as perfect as anyone could ask for, a huge throng of local  folks and visitors from surrounding communities converged on downtown Roscoe to enjoy the fifth annual West Texas Wind Festival, which turned out to be the biggest and arguably the best one yet.

The free concert starring the Bellamy Brothers and the fireworks show were attended by an estimated crowd of 3500, which filled the downtown parks and Cypress Street from the stage next to the Roscoe State Bank all the way back to the Lumberyard. 

The Barbecue Cookoff sponsored by the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department had more entries and prize money than ever, and the always popular Plowboy Mudbog drew a sizable crowd at George Parks Field while vendors of all types sold their wares on the downtown streets.  

Kids enjoyed the inflatable slides, bounce houses, and games in the downtown park, and the ones who participated in the Mudbog Dash for Cash at the baseball field were covered with mud as they raced, stumbled, fell, and crawled through the blackland sludge of the mudbog to the delight of the onlookers.  

Food and snacks of all types were available everywhere, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves as they watched or participated in the many festivities. 

Lawless Flatz kicked off the free concert and street dance and got the crowd revved up for the Bellamy Brothers, who followed and pleased the audience with old favorites such as their “Let Your Love Flow,” “Old Hippie,” “Redneck Girl,” and “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body,” while mixing in some of their more recent hits like “Guilty of the Crime,” “Jalapeños,” and others.

Despite the huge crowd, events seemed to go off without a hitch, and most who attended went away pleased with the way the festival was run.  All the planning and hard work by the organizers of the event paid off, and the result was one the city can be proud of.  



Scenes from the 5th annual Wind Festival, including the Plowboy Band, street scenes, the Plowboy Mudbog, the Mudbog Dash for Cash, and cookoff scenes.


Scenes from the 5th annual Wind Festival, including street scenes, kids' inflatables, Lawless Flatz, cookoff awards, fireworks, and the Bellamy Brothers singing "Old Hippie" and "Guilty of the Crime."


The Bellamy Brothers sing "For All the Wrong Reasons," "Let Your Love Flow," and "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body" at the street dance.



The Roscoe Plowboys put up their best defensive effort of the season against the Roby Lions last Friday, but the offense couldn’t capitalize, and the Plowboys lost once again.  Roby jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs by Matt Fells and Troy Stevenson, and that was the end of the scoring for the evening for either team.  Roby is now 2-1 in district play and Roscoe is 0-2. 

Chris De Leon rushed for 70 yards to lead the offense while Luke Rovig, Landon Jones and Matthew Cuellar stood out on defense.

This Friday the Plowboys are at home against the Crosbyton Chiefs, who are 4-3 on the year and 2-0 in district play.  They are coming off a 60-15 shellacking of Rotan.   



Funeral services were held on Friday at the Roscoe Church of Christ for Martha Ruth Light, 96,  who passed away on Wednesday, October 12, at Sweetwater Healthcare Center.  Interment followed at the Roscoe Cemetery.

She was born April 7, 1915, in Mitchell County and married Leland “Runt” Light on April 5, 1947, in Hermleigh.  She attended Wastella schools and lived in Nolan and Mitchell Counties all her llife. She attended beauty school in Abilene and worked as a beautician for many years.  She was also a housewife and member of the Roscoe Church of Christ.

Survivors include her daughter, Schylon Boyd of Sweetwater, granddaughters Sabrina Bishop of Roscoe and Sharessa Garrett of Sweetwater; a sister, Ruby Parker of Roscoe, and brother, Wayne Hagood of Sweetwater; a great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.



Funeral services were held on Sunday at the First Baptist Church for Archie Joseph Hunter, who passed away at home on Thursday, October 13.

He was born on May 27, 1932, and graduated from Roscoe High School in 1952.  After attending Arlington Junior College on a football scholarship, he served in the U.S. Army and played on the all-Army football team before returning to college at Hardin-Simmons University, where he played for Coach Sammy Baugh. He married Sherry L. Hunter on February 25, 1956. 

After graduating with a degree in accounting, he moved back to Roscoe and went to work for Flintkote in Sweetwater, where he rose in rank to become the North American comptroller before retiring in 1994.

He was a long-time Deacon of the First Baptist Church. He was also a high school football and basketball official for many years.  He attended all Plowboys and Plowgirls sports events and was a leader in the booster club.  He was also a community leader, serving on the school board and groundwater district board.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry, of Roscoe; daughter Sandy Graham of Stephenville; sons Arthur Lee Hunter of Crawford and Dan Hunter of Stephenville; sisters Audrey Hunter and Mae Hunter of Coppell and Sue Sanford of St. Louis, Missouri; brother Howard Hunter of Odessa; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were the Roscoe Plowboy coaches and honorary pallbearers were the Deacons of the First Baptist Church.

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