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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday

Moe Bandy is the headliner for this year's Wind Festival.
Plans are being finalized for the seventh annual West Texas Wind Festival, and organizers are expecting a large crowd, especially for the free concert and the fireworks show.  As usual, the downtown streets will be lined with vendors all afternoon and evening, and kids’ bounce houses and inflatables will be in the park.

The Plowboy Mudbog will be going on at the baseball field in the afternoon, and the annual Roscoe Pig Sale will be in progress at the FFA Ag barn. 

Music for the free concert and street dance will begin downtown at six with Rance Norton and the Cadillac Cowboys, who were impressive when they opened for Mel Tillis at the Lumberyard recently.  Norton’s two CDs, True Country and Here We Go Again are filled with traditional country music.  As Norton says, “If it doesn’t have a fiddle or steel guitar, it isn’t country music.”

They will be followed about 8:15pm by country music legend Moe Bandy, who’s been producing hits since the 1970s. His first hit, “I Just Started Hating Cheatin’ Songs Today,” was followed by several others: “Bandy the Rodeo Clown,” “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life,” “Here I Am Drunk Again,” “Cowboys Ain’t Supposed to Cry,” “It’s a Cheating Situation,” “I Cheated Me Right Out of You,” “Americana,” and others. 

A former bull rider, both Moe and his brother Mike Bandy are members of the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.

The fireworks show will follow Bandy’s performance at about 9:45 and conclude this year’s Wind Festival, although those who aren’t ready to go home yet can move over to the Lumberyard, where Lyndall Underwood and the Dusty Creek Band will play until midnight.  There will be no cover charge.

Here are the events of the day:

Roscoe Elementary “Run with the Wind” One-Mile and 5K Runs

9:00am – Registration begins at the RCHS Special Events Center. Entry fee for the mile run is $15 and for the 5K run $25. Those who pre-register by today, October 16, can be sure of an included t-shirt.     

10:00am – The One-Mile Fun Run begins.

10:30am – The 5K Run begins. Prizes will be awarded to the first-place male and first-place female with medals for the top three places of two groups: runners under 14 and runners 14 and over.

BBQing in the Wind Cookoff around the Fire House and Community Center.

First Place Steak Prize: $1500 from Fuller Foods, Colorado City

16 oz. Ribeye Steak
Pork Spare Ribs
Half Chicken

6:00pm (Friday)  – Setup begins
8:00am (Saturday)  – Meat inspection begins
10:00am – Cooks’ meeting
3:00pm – Chicken turn in
4:00pm – Ribeye steak turn in
5:00pm – Pork ribs turn in
7:45pm – Announcement of winners

Contestants must enter all three events.  Cost for all three is $120. 

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

Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field

9:30am – Driver registration begins
11:00am – Public gate opens
12:00 noon – First run begins

Kids 8 and under – Free; Ages 9 to 14 – $2; Ages 15 & up $5.  All proceeds benefit the Roscoe Little League.

Roscoe Pig Sale at the FFA Ag Barn on 12800 N I-20

12:00 noon – Show and sift for sale order
1:30pm – Auction begins. Auctioneer is Brodie Harris.

Approximately 100 July and August show barrows and gilts offered.  They are just right for local, county, and state shows held from December to March.  Most will be certified Texas bred.  Sellers include Mund, West Texas Genetics, Lazy Oaks Genetics and Raising Kaine.

There will be a concession stand serving brisket sandwiches and drinks. All proceeds of the sale go to the Roscoe FFA.

Free Concert and Street Dance downtown "on the bricks"

6:00pm – Rance Norton and the Cadillac Cowboys
7:45pm – Announcements of Cookoff and Mudbog winners and giveaways
8:15pm – Moe Bandy and Band

Fireworks Show – 9:45pm



Kevin Lavalais catches a pass in early action against Albany.
The Plowboys made some good plays and hung tough against a bigger, more experienced opponent Friday evening, but the game was never really in doubt as the undefeated, state-ranked Albany Lions (No. 9 in Class A, No. 3 in Class A, Division II) rolled over the Plowboys, 44-0.

The game started on a bad note as the Plowboys received the kickoff and then fumbled on the first play from scrimmage.  The Lions recovered on the Plowboy 29 and on their first offensive play ran it in for a touchdown.  The extra point was good, and before a lot of fans had even found a seat, the Plowboys were behind 7-0.  To the Plowboys’ credit, they kept the Lions from scoring again for the rest of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a different story, though, as the Lions scored three touchdowns and on the last play before the half kicked a field goal to make the score 30-0.

They then scored a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters to make the final score 44-0.

Rafael Aguayo led the Plowboy rushing for the evening with 36 yards on 2 rushes.  Cutter Davila completed 17 of 29 passes for 100 yards with 1 interception.  Shelton Toliver caught 6 passes for 44 yards, Javier Leanos caught 4 for 29, and Kevin Lavalais had 5 for 23.

The Plowboys are now 2-4 on the year and 1-2 in district play.  This Friday they play Ranger in Ranger.  The Bulldogs are 1-5 on the year and 0-3 in district.  They lost to Gorman in Gorman last week 36-30.



In a high scoring affair in Albany last Thursday evening, the Albany JV came out on top, 42-34.  The Lions opened the scoring with a touchdown and extra points, but the Plowboys came back and tied it up 8-8, which is how the first quarter ended.  In the second, both teams scored again, but neither converted the extra points, and at halftime the score was 14-14. 

In the third quarter, Albany scored three touchdowns to Roscoe’s one making it 36-20.  In the fourth, the Plowboys had two TDs to Albany’s one, making the final score 42-34.

Tomorrow evening, the Plowboy JV will take on the Ranger JV at Plowboy Field.  Kickoff is at 6:30.



The community meeting regarding the fate of the Roscoe Post Office will be today at the Roscoe School Cafetorium at 3:00pm. 

Results of the recent surveys sent out to everyone in the Roscoe postal area will be shared, questions answered, and additional information provided.  Unless survey results show that people prefer otherwise, the Roscoe Post Office will be maintained with weekday hours for window service cut from 6½ hours to 6 per day.



Larry Black introduces "The Hydrologists of Roscoe," a group of 6th graders who recently won a research project competition.
The Central Rolling Plains Co-op held its annual open house last Wednesday with a hamburger lunch at the gin northwest of town.  Gin Manager Larry Black gave a short address to the members present and updated them on recent developments regarding the gin, and a couple of student presentations followed.

Members also wrote down their guesses for the number of cotton bales to be ginned this year, and a $100 prize awaits the person who gets the closest without going over.



We got a nice rain on Sunday evening.  It started about five o’clock and fell until about one early Monday morning.  I had 1.9” in my rain gauge for Sunday and .1” for that one hour on Monday, making a total of two inches even.  A couple of times the rain just came pouring down, but most of the time it was light and easy. 

Skies were overcast and grey Sunday, Monday, and yesterday, as the rain preceded a cold front.  Temperatures have dropped, and I had to turn on the heat and put on an extra blanket last night for the first time since spring.  Highs since Sunday have been in the mid to low seventies, and last night’s low was 47°F.  It also rained some more yesterday, mostly drizzle.  I had .3”, bringing the total to 2.3” since the rain began on Sunday. 

The predicted high for today is only 55° and the low tonight 45° with continued cloudy skies.  Tomorrow should be partly cloudy and warmer with afternoon temperatures into the mid sixties.  The outlook for Friday and Saturday is for partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper sixties, which should be just fine for the Wind Festival—although you may need a jacket or sweater if you stick around for the fireworks.  The low that night will be in the upper forties.



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Recent rains filled the bar ditch near the cotton gin west of town, and Jeremy Baker and Travis Williams decided to do some wakeboarding in it with Jeremy's wife, Eden, pulling them with a rope from a four wheeler just like a boat would on a lake.


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