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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

City Prepares for West Texas Wind Festival

Country singer Gene Watson is the feature artist at this year's free concert.
There should be something for everybody this Saturday as more events than ever are scheduled for this year’s West Texas Wind Festival.  From the opening of the garage sale at the Community Center at 7:00am to the last song of the Gene Watson concert at around 10:00pm, the day will be full of events and diversions in various locations around town. 

The center of activity will be downtown with the vendors’ booths and children’s bounce houses on Cypress and Broadway and in the two downtown parks, along with the music stage “on the bricks” in front of the Roscoe State Bank.

Events will include a garage sale at the Community Center, the 5k “Run with the Wind” starting at the school, the Fire Department cookoff in the area next to the fire station and Community Center, the Show-Pig Sale at the FFA Ag Barn, the Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field, and the free concert and fireworks show downtown.  

Each of the Wind Festival’s major events is explained in more detail below:

Garage Sale at the Community Center 

Highland High School’s Class of 2015 will be hosting a garage sale at the Roscoe Community Center starting at 7:00am Saturday morning and running until about 2:00pm.  For questions or more information, call Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384.

Roscoe Elementary's 5k "Run with the Wind"  

On Saturday morning at 9:00am, runners of all ages will set out on Roscoe Elementary’s first ever 5k “Run with the Wind.” 

Starting in front of the new Roscoe Collegiate Special Events Center on 7th Street, the run will proceed to Ash, up to 10th, down Hickory to Broadway, through downtown to Front Street all the way to Sycamore and the baseball field, then back to the starting point by way of 3rd Street, Cypress, and 7th.  Total distance is five kilometers, or 3.16 miles. 

A map of the exact route is available by clicking here.

Prizes will be awarded to the first-place male and female finishers, and medals given to the top three. 

Registration for the event is $20, and all proceeds go to the Elementary School’s Student Incentive Fund. Participants may pre-register at the Roscoe Elementary School office or at the event’s starting point between 7:30 and 8:45 on Saturday morning.

Showers will be available at the school for participants who want to go from the run directly to the West Texas Wind Festival downtown. 

For more information, phone Roscoe Elementary Principal Andy Wilson’s office at 325-766-3323, or visit the Roscoe Elementary Facebook Page.

The Roscoe Fire Department's Third Annual Cookoff

The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department will once again host a cookoff with three categories: a 16-ounce ribeye steak cookoff with a first prize of $1500 donated by Fuller Foods of Colorado City; a pork spare ribs cookoff, and a half-of-a-chicken cookoff.  Prize amounts for winners of the last two events are yet to be determined and will depend on the number of entries.

Cost for entries is $80 for all three categories, and contestants must enter all three to be eligible for the steak prizes.  Meat inspection will begin at 8:00am, the cooks’ meeting is at 10:00am, and the turn-in times are 3:00pm for the chicken, 4:00pm for the ribeye steak, and 5:00pm for the ribs. 

Setup starts on Friday evening at 6:00pm.  There will be spaces for dry campers only and no hookups.  Contestants will be supplied with public electricity and a water station but no electricity per cook site.  They will be allowed one camper, one vehicle, up to 12’ x 12’ cover, and up to two pits in the cooking area.

All proceeds will go to the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.  For more information, contact Gary Armstrong at 325-235-4110. 

The Roscoe Show-Pig Sale 

Allen Richburg, Cullen Presley, and others have scheduled a major show-pig sale at the Roscoe FFA Ag Barn just southwest of town on the access road to I-20 west.  Over twenty breeders will each be bringing from one to six barrows and gilts from locations all over Texas as well as Oklahoma, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  There will be a total of 100 to 125 July, August, and September show pigs of various breeds for sale.

The show and sift for sale order will start at 1:00pm with Reggie Spencer of Colorado City as judge.  The auction will begin at 7:00pm with opening bids set at $200.  The auctioneer will be Brodie Harris.

The Roscoe FFA Chapter will run the concession stand. 

The sale will be an excellent opportunity for anyone with kids who are planning to show pigs for the upcoming stock show year.  For more information, consult the Roscoe Show Pig Sale Facebook page, or contact Allen Richburg at 325-236-5666 or Cullen Presley at 325-338-2457.

The Plowboy Mudbog

Another popular event on Saturday will be the Plowboy Mudbog, at George Parks Field on Second and Sycamore Streets.  It is shaping up to be another big crowd pleaser with entries from as far away as Hobbs, New Mexico, and Amarillo planning to attend. 

Admission will be free for kids 7 and under, $2 for ages 9 to 14, and $5 for 15 and over. 

Events will run from noon until finish around 4:00 or so.  Registration for participants begins at 9:30am with the driver entry fee set at $30.  The public gate opens at 11:00, and the driver safety meeting is at 11:45am.  Competition begins at noon and will go until the finish around 4:00pm or so, depending on the number of vehicles entered. 

Vehicles are classed as follows:

1.    Street: 35” wheels and under, limited engine modification.
2.    Super Street: 35”, engine vac under 13”.
3.    Modified: 36”-39”, limited engine modification.
4.    Super Modified: 36”-39”, engine vac under 13”.
5.    Open: 40” and over (no blowers or nos.).

All proceeds will go to Roscoe’s Little League Baseball program.  

For more information, contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384, or consult the Plowboy Mudbog Facebook Page.  

The Free Concert and Street Dance "on the Bricks" and the Fireworks Show

Music will begin in the mid-afternoon on the music stage in the street in front of the Roscoe State Bank.  The first group will be Canyon Rim, a group from Oklahoma that will include one or more local performers, including Roscoe Mayor Pete Porter.

They will be followed about 6:00 by the Tennessee Stiffs from Austin. 

Then at around 8:00pm, the headliner for this year’s event, country music star Gene Watson, will take the stage.   Known in the music business as a “singer’s singer,” he has been recording since the sixties and is looked up to by such younger stars as Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Lee Ann Womack, and Randy Travis. 

He has built a reputation for soulful ballads in the classic country tradition.  Some of his many hits include  “Fourteen Carat Mind,” “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party,” “Memories to Burn,” “Got No Reason Now for Going Home,” and others.  You can listen to him sing some of his hits by clicking here

He and his band will do a set of about forty-five minutes and then break for the fireworks show, which is set to begin at around 8:45pm.  Following the fireworks, Gene Watson will return to the stage for a second and final set.  



The cards were stacked against the Plowboys in Albany Friday night as they faced the state’s 1A-II fifth-ranked Albany Lions, whose only loss this year came at the hands of top-ranked Munday.  And, although Roscoe actually scored first, the game’s outcome was never really in doubt as the Lions overpowered the Plowboys 69-12 behind their star quarterback, Jake Bumguardner, who threw for one TD, returned a punt for another, ran for two more, and kicked nine extra points. 

Roscoe got on the scoreboard first when Vincent Pantoja went over from the three early in the first quarter, but that would be the end of the scoring for the Plowboys until the latter part of the third quarter when Cutter Davila hit Jesus Leanos for a 12-yard scoring strike.  By then, the score was 55-12 and the game out of reach.

Despite Albany’s dominance, the Plowboys passing game continued to have success.  Cutter Davila completed 21 passes out of 36 attempts for 204 yards and one TD, along with two interceptions.  The rushing game didn’t fare so well, however, as the Plowboys wound up with -10 yards on 23 attempts.

Next up for the Plowboys are the Ranger Bulldogs at Plowboy Field Friday evening.  The Bulldogs are 0-6 on the year and coming off a 52-6 loss to Gorman.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.


A car detours past the condemned overpass.

The Abilene District of the Texas Department of Transportation will get rid of the current overpass that connects US 84 to I-20 and replace it with a new improved one.  The design work is now being done, bids will go out this winter, and construction will begin soon after that.

The damaged overpass will be removed before that to open up both lanes of westbound I-20.  At present, only one is available. 

The current detour for eastbound US 84 traffic will continue to be used and will in fact be repaired and strengthened due to its increased use, particularly from trucks.  This detour upgrade should be completed in about a month, and will cost about $238,000. 

The detour will apparently remain in effect until the new overpass is finished, whenever that is, hopefully sometime fairly early next year. 

In the meantime, a lot of eastbound US 84 traffic will avoid the hassle of the detour by exiting  US 84 northwest of town, going through downtown Roscoe and proceeding down Main out to Retta Mae’s to get on eastbound I-20.  Drivers who don’t know this shortcut will continue to be re-routed to westbound I-20 east of town and will get off at the Roscoe exit and turn left at Stripes to get back to eastbound I-20.  

Let’s hope that the new design makes for a safer connection between these two busy thoroughfares and that “Destruction Junction” is finally consigned to the dustbin of history.  



The weather was beautiful for the most part.  This is that time of year when neither heating nor cooling of the home is required, and doors and windows can be left open.  A couple of days were a little breezy, and it was a little sticky early Friday evening.   But skies were generally sunny or partly cloudy, highs were in the upper seventies or low eighties, and lows in the upper fifties and lower sixties.

The forecast is for more of the same with today’s high in the low eighties.  Tonight and tomorrow night should be somewhat cooler with lows in the high forties, but the lows will go back up into the fifties Friday and the nights following. 

There has been no precipitation and none is in the forecast.



Funeral services were held at 2pm on Sunday at the Roscoe Church of Christ for Clyde H. Ater, 94,  followed by interment in the Roscoe Cemetery.  A resident of Sweetwater Health Center, he died last Wednesday.

Clyde H. Ater was born to Horace and Elizabeth Ater on November 2, 1917.  They lived in Sweetwater and moved to a farm south of Roscoe when Clyde was about seven.  After high school, he studied accounting at Draughan’s Business School in Abilene and met there Shirley Ford, whom he married in 1937.  In 1942, they moved to Portland, Oregon, where he worked in the shipyards until he was drafted in 1944.  He then served in Germany until 1946, when the family, now including two daughters, Jimmie Rae and Judith Lynn, moved back to Roscoe. 

He was an active member of the community and a deacon in the Church of Christ for many years.  He received awards for his conservation farming practices and was named farmer of the year in the late sixties.  He also served on the boards of the Texas Bank & Trust and the H&H Feed Lot.  He established a scholarship fund at ACU and supported Lubbock Christian University.  He was a member of the Roscoe Lions Club and a supporter of the Roscoe Fire Department and the Roscoe Plowboys.  He was an ardent fisherman and bridge player. 

He was preceded in death by Shirley, his wife of 71 years; grandsons Parrish and Dale Berryhill and John Stephenson; and son-in-law Tom Fraley.    

He is survived by daughters Jimmie and her husband, George Plunkett, and Judy and her husband Paul Kester; grandchildren Becky Smith, Matthew Stephenson, Debby McCormick and Ann Simpson; sister Nina Brown; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

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