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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

West Texas Wind Festival Enjoyed by All

Cypress Street on Saturday afternoon.
Roscoe was once again the center of activity for the Big Country on Saturday as visitors from area communities joined local folks for a day of fun and relaxation at the sixth annual West Texas Wind Festival.  From the opening of the garage sale at the Community Center early that morning to the fireworks show that closed the festivities that evening, people had plenty to keep them entertained.

The free concert downtown drew the largest crowd of all with people filling Cypress Street and adjacent Old Town Park.  Some danced “on the bricks” in front of the stage while others sat in lawn chairs and listened to the music that filled the air. 

The group Canyon Rim started in mid-afternoon and was followed at about six by the Tennessee Stiffs, a band from Austin that opened for the feature act of the evening, Gene Watson and the Farewell Party Band. 

The Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field was another crowd pleaser with a large gathering on hand to watch the powerful vehicles tackle the formidable Blackland mud, and everyone enjoyed watching the kids slog through deep mud in the mudbog “dash for cash.”

The Barbecue Cookoff downtown sponsored by the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department had a large number of entries for each of the three cookoffs: steak, ribs, and chicken.  I can attest to the quality of the steak since I was one of the judges who took a bite of each of the 24 entries.  I never ate so much good steak at one time in my life, and I was told the chicken and ribs were equally delicious.

At the FFA Ag Barn, Allen Richburg, Cullen Presley, and others held the Roscoe Show-Pig Sale, which lasted all afternoon into the evening and was attended by a large number of sellers and buyers. 

The Roscoe Elementary 5K “Run with the Wind” was held in the morning while the weather was still cool.  About two dozen participants started at the school and ran a course that took them up Ash to Tenth Street, across to Hickory,  then all the way down to Broadway, through downtown to Front Street, then the baseball field, then back to the school—a total distance of 3.16 miles.  Medals were awarded to the top three males and top three females. 

In Memorial Park, kids enjoyed the inflated horses that they raced and moved forward by bouncing, and some even got their photos taken on the live longhorn steer that was stationed there. 

On the streets, vendors sold foods and snacks of all types as well as all kinds of merchandise, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves as they watched or participated in the many festivities.

Thanks are due once again to the organizers of the event, whose hard work and careful planning produced another memorable time for all.


Sights & Sounds of the West Texas Wind Festival, Part 1 (4:00) :

Sights & Sounds of the West Texas Wind Festival, Part 2 (3:50) :

Click on the Play button to view.  To view full screen, click on the small square in the bottom right part of the screen. 


Patty McBride also took a large number of photos of the festival and has made them available.  You can access them by clicking on the descriptions below:

1. The Plowboy Mudbog, Show Pig Sale, BBQ Cookoff, and downtown scenes.

2. The free concert and street dance "on the bricks."

3. The Gene Watson meet-and-greet in City Hall.

Roscoe Elementary 5K Run with the Wind Results:

Top Three Males (with times):
1.    Andy Wilson (22:25)
2.    Guillermo Lara (25:30)
3.    Luke Wilson (27:00)

Top Three Females (with times):
1.    Tamara Alexander (27:09)
2.    Chikwanda Chisanga (30:08)
3.    Carla Sauer (30:51)

1st Prize Men: $35 Gift Certificate – Tractor Supply
1st Prize Women: $35 Gift Certificate – Vickie’s Gifts

Plowboy Mudbog Results: 

Street Class:
1. Roland Matos
2. Tanner Park
3. Pascual Ortiz

Super Street Class:
1. Brady Henderson
2. David Pantoja
3. Brian Owens

Modified Class:
1. Trey Wood
2. Mike Rubner
3. Glenn Owens

Super Modified Class:
1. Abel Alvarez
2. Art Rivera
3. Jesse Martinez

Open Class:
1. Jonathan Nord
2. Adam Galvan

BBQ in the Wind Cookoff Results: 

A correction to one of the awards:  the 2nd place steak box number was read out incorrectly by a cookoff official, and no team responded at the time of the awards with that number. The committee reviewed the numbers on the box and found that it was their mistake and not a cooking team. The winning cooking team was then awarded their prize.

1. Backyard Grillers
2. GDC
3. Two Peas in a Pod
4. Bar B-Que
5. Up in Smoke

1. Regulators
2. Plum Creek Cookers
3. Son of a Dink
4. Two Peas in a Pod
5. B S Bar B-que

1. Butt Crack Bar B-que
2. Hot Rod Grillers
3. Over the Hill
4. Son of a Dink
5. Tha Jones



Vincent Pantoja (30) opens the scoring with a 66-yard touchdown run.
The shoe was on the other foot Friday night as the Roscoe Plowboys overpowered the struggling Ranger Bulldogs.  The Plowboys scored twice in the first quarter and never looked back as they cruised to their easiest victory of the year.

Vincent Pantoja broke free for a 66-yard scamper to paydirt early in the first quarter, and a couple of series later Eduardo Gallegos followed with a 50-yard run for a touchdown.  Both extra point attempts were good, and at the end of the first quarter the score was 16-0. 

In the second quarter, Esteban Benivamondez ran 34 yards for a score, and Cutter Davila passed for two touchdowns, one to Benivamondez for 6 yards, and one to Shelton Toliver for 57 yards.  The halftime score was 38-0, and the game was over for all practical purposes. 

On the evening, the Plowboys amassed 572 yards of total offense, 379 rushing and 193 passing while holding Ranger to 118 total yards.   The Plowboys are now 2-2 in district play. 

Next up for the Plowboys are the Gorman Panthers Friday evening in Gorman.  The Panthers are 1-3 in district and coming off a 31-18 loss to 4-0 Hamlin in Hamlin.  Kickoff is at 7:30.



Early voting began Monday and will continue daily from 8:30am-5:00pm all this week and next in the County Clerk’s office at the Nolan County Courthouse.  It will end next Friday, November 2. 

Election Day will follow on Tuesday, November 6, when the polls will be open 7:00am-7:00pm in the Roscoe Community Center.

Voters will cast their ballots in several important races for office:

1.    President & Vice President of the United States: *Barack Obama & Joe Biden (D) vs.  Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan (R).  

The Libertarian and Green Parties also have candidates.

2.    U. S. Senator from Texas: Paul Sadler (D) vs. Ted Cruz (R).

3.    U. S. Representative for District 19: *Randy Neugebauer (R) vs. the Libertarian candidate.

4.    Nolan County Commissioner, Precinct 1: *Terry Willman (D) vs. Jerry Hulcy (R).

5.    State Railroad Commissioner: *Dale Henry (D) vs. Christi Craddick  (R).

       *  = Incumbent

Voters will also decide in the Nolan County Bond Election for or against the issuing of general obligation bonds not to exceed

1.     $4,020,000 for improvements, renovation, restoration and equipping of the Nolan County Courthouse.

2.    $10,245,000 for construction and equipping of a new County Jail and acquisition of a site.

3.    $1,425,000 for construction and equipping of new Sheriff’s Offices—with the understanding that, should the third proposition pass but not the second, the County is not obligated to construct the offices.

There are also a number of county and state positions where candidates are unopposed.



A blatant money grab occurred in the Chillerz convenience store at Roscoe’s Shell station Friday evening when a black man, described as in his thirties, of medium build and in grey shorts and a white t-shirt, came into the store and snatched about $200 in cash from a local woman as she was paying out at the counter. 

In the attempt to recover her money, she yelled and chased him out the door as he fled and got into what witnesses described as a late model pearly white Ford Edge.  She continued to hang on to him and tried to get the money back but was unsuccessful and suffered minor injuries when she fell as he drove away.  Unfortunately, none of the witnesses got the vehicle’s license number.

Police are asking anyone who has information about the crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 325-235-8477.  There is a $1000 reward.



For Halloween this year, the City of Roscoe is holding a “Trunk or Treat” downtown on Cypress Street this Saturday, October 27, from 3:00-5:00pm.  Various local organizations will have cars parked along the curbs with open trunks full of goodies and treats for the kids.

Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and/or masks, and adults in costume will also be there.  For more information, call City Hall at 325-766-3871.



The weather was typical for this time of year—a little on the warm side with lots of sunshine, some breezes, and even a little rain. 

The weekend was warm with highs at or approaching 90°F and lows in the mid sixties.  Conditions were just about perfect for the 5K “Run with the Wind” at 9:00 on Saturday morning, but on the hot side that afternoon at the Plowboy Mudbog, at least until some clouds covered the sky around 4:00pm.  The evening, though, was just about perfect for the free concert and the fireworks show downtown. 

On Monday morning a front came through, temperatures dropped somewhat, skies darkened, and rain fell for an hour or so.  I got .7” at my house, and that amount seemed pretty general with most people I talked to getting between a half-inch and an inch.  Since then, it’s been warm and sunny with a high yesterday of 81° and a low of 66°.

More of the same is expected today, but a cool front will move through tomorrow bringing the high down into the low seventies and the low tomorrow night into the forties.  There will also be a 20% chance of rain.  Friday’s high will be only in the fifties with the low that night in the thirties, and Saturday will be cool like Friday with temperatures warming back up on Sunday and Monday.



Graveside services were held at 11:00am on Monday for Johnny Orsak, 81, a former Roscoan who passed away on Saturday at the Nolan Nursing and Rehab Center. 

He was born September 10, 1931, in Roscoe and married Betty Mikac in Colorado City on December 14, 1974.  He was a long-time crane operator for Lone Star Industries and retired in 1992.  He was a Lutheran.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Betty Orsak of Sweetwater; his son, Billy, of Sweetwater; and a nephew and niece he raised like his own, Terry Carrick of Trophy Club, and Shannon Murphy of Bells; as well as several other nieces and nephews.


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