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Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Chamber told of `Night' profit, cook-off plan

Staff Writer
PECOS, Wed., Aug. 15, 2001 -- The annual Night in Old Pecos event, held in conjunction with the West of the Pecos Rodeo, turned a profit this year. And the Barbeque Beef Cook-off, which had been held annually until last year as part of the Reeves County Fall Fair, will be revived in 2001, Pecos Chamber of Commerce members were told on Tuesday

Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera told the board of directors at their monthly meeting held at noon Tuesday that the group had made a profit at the annual event. "We never make money at Night in Old Pecos, but we did this year," said Rivera. "We made a profit of $1,640."

Rivera was also honored during the luncheon with a milestone award for his work with the chamber.

Rivera said that in past years the group had lost money at the annual event, but that they were pleased to have made a profit this year.

Jenny Abbott of the Women's Division of the Chamber told the directors that they are having trouble finding someone to chair the Golden Girl Pageant, which is also held in conjunction with the rodeo.

"And it looks like next year we'll be having more girls in the pageant," said Abbott. "We've been told to expect at least 18 girls that want to participate in that yearly event."

Meanwhile, Chamber members were told that this year the Barbecue Beef Cook-off will be revived after being canceled last year due to a lack of entries. The event will be sponsored by the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse, which has allowed its grounds to be used as the site of the cook-off over the years.

Entry fee for the event will be $50 with judging on both barbecue brisket and pork ribs. Awards which will be given out include a Grand Champion Award in the amount of $500; first place award, $250; third place $150 and the fourth place winner will receive $50. Separate awards will be given out to the pork rib winners in the same amounts.

While the entry fees will be lower this year, no trophies will be awarded and a best camp award will not be handed out as has been done in past years. In addition, "Everybody will bring their own meat," said Rivera, which will also help cut down on the Cook-off's entry fee.

A raffle will be held during the cook-off. A barbecue pit will be raffled at $5 a ticket.

"We're just really happy that we'll be having that event again this year," said Rivera. "And we're glad another organization is helping us out by taking over this year, it makes it a lot easier for us and we plan to pitch in and help them."

Plans for the Annual Fall Fair were also discussed during the meeting.

Linda Gholson said that the Fall Fair committee has met twice already to discuss plans for this year's event. "We'll be having that road show and we appreciate any help or additional input," she said.

The fair and cook-off will be held the first weekend in October.

In other business, Chamber president Barbara Creager presented the award to Rivera from the Texas Chamber of Commerce Association. The milestone award was in honor of Rivera's 10 years of service to the chamber.

Creager told the group that they receive cards from people from out of town praising the chamber.

Problems with the air conditioner at the officer were discussed and Rivera told the group that the air conditioner had been fixed, but did not know how long it would last. "We'll see how long it lasts, if it breaks down again we'll need to get a new one," he said

Abbott gave a report on the Women's Division and the projects the group is currently working on. "Right now, we're working on the Newcomer's Baskets for all the new families that come into town," said Abbott. "However, we haven't been able to obtain the addresses and names of the new people in town from the utility companies," she said.

Abbott asked the group if they had any suggestions on how to get the names of the new people in town. Several suggestions were made including getting the names from the local churches or possibly getting some ideas from Odessa, who offers that service as well.

Rivera said that he would contact the Odessa Chamber and find out how they got the names of the new families in town and would bring the information back to the Women`s Division.

Rivera said that the West of the Pecos Rodeo had appeared in another newspaper and he had it framed for display.

"This is such a nice article about our rodeo, we need to display it somewhere or circulate it at different locations," said Creager.

Under old business, Creager said that a bid for an auditor had been placed in the newspaper and that they had received one bid. "The bid came from Dan Painter and I have worked with him personally and respect his work tremendously," she said.

The bid was for $3,000. "I am very pleased with the bid, he is very thorough," said Creager.

"I hope this will answer all the questions and put to rest some of the undercurrents," said Creager.

Creager said that Rivera and his crew at the chamber have been working diligently in putting together invoices with checks.

"I'm really pleased with the bid and I know that Dan can help us put all this into the computer," said Rivera. "We have the software, we just never had anybody who knew how to install it and use it properly," he said.

Chamber member Jean Badders told the group about a couple that was in town recently. "They said they had never seen a friendlier, more pleasant town," she said. "Sometimes we need to see Pecos through other people's eyes to appreciate it."

Annual Ft. Stockton HarvestFest scheduled for Friday, Saturday

PECOS, Wed., Aug. 15, 2001 -- Area residents have the chance to enjoy the seventh year of HarvestFest this weekend in Fort Stockton.

HarvestFest, which is geared toward promoting Agriculture, Aquaculture, and the fine Wines of Pecos County, begins this Friday and runs through Saturday.

The festivities kick off with the Vintage Dinner with happy hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., where wine enthusiasts can sample wines and premium beers with a delightful meal of steak and shrimp.

Tickets for the meal, wine and beer are $25 and come with a collectable HarvestFest wine glass or beer mug.

A live auction will be the entertainment for the evening with items provided by Texas Wineries. Only a limited amount of tickets are available.

Saturday's events start off when the Fun-Run begins at 7:15 a.m., with the 5K Fitness Walk and the 5K Race, which begins 15 minutes later. There is a one-mile children's Fun Run starting immediately after the 5K Race.

The pre-registration fee for the race is $12 and $15 on the day of the race. The children's run pre-registration fee is $6 and $8 on race day.

Registration on Saturday begins at 6:30 a.m., and for more information on the race contact Art Orona at 915-336-8656.

This year's Car Show promises to be the biggest ever with lots of sponsors. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and runs through noon with a fee of $25. Judging begins at 1 p.m., and awards will be given out at 5 p.m.

For more information on the car show call Randy Archer at 915-336-3832.

The Second Annual Softball Tournament will begin at 9 a.m., on Saturday with double elimination for both the men and women divisions and runs through Sunday. ASA rules will apply and entry fee for each team is $110.

Prizes will be given to the top three teams with T-shirts and team trophies. For the men's teams a $150 MVP and $100 co-MVP awards will be given.

For more information on the softball tournament call Paul Casias at 915-336-8072.

The Fort Stockton High School golf teams are hosting a Chipping Contest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The contest will allow golfers and non-golfers alike test their chipping skills at various targets for cash prizes. Contestants may bring their own golf clubs or some will be provided.

The Old West Saloon, located at the island in front of the Large Community Hall, will provide the thirsty with some relief from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

This will also be the location for the live band, Los Tejanos, to play for the Concert Dance beginning at 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stage activities will begin at 10 a.m. and run to 6 p.m.

The Fly by Night Band by Roy Herrera will be performing at 10 a.m.

A watermelon-eating contest for participants from six to 13 and 14 to 18 will begin at 3:45 p.m. Judges as to how many slices are eaten will choose a winner, while a jalapeno-eating contest will start at 5 p.m., for people 18 or older. Judging will be based on how many a person can eat.

The "coolest spot" in the park is sure to be the Wine Emporium where you can taste a variety of beer and wines from all over the state of Texas.

An entry fee of $10 would get you a collectible wineglass and coupons for tasting. The tasting will be open from 12 noon to 7 p.m. with identification required.

Arts and crafts booths will be set throughout the park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food booths will also be set up around the tennis court with a variety of foods and snacks.

Local farmers will also set up a Farmer's Market to sell various fruits and vegetables. Anyone wishing to rent booth spaces or just volunteer please contact the HarvestFest Headquarters at 915-336-2541.

New motel plans Friday ceremony for grand opening

PECOS, Wed., Aug. 15, 2001 -- Oak Tree Inn will be having a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday.

The Inn has been open for the past several weeks, after under construction for a few months. The motel is occupied mainly by Union Pacific Railroad employees doing crew changes in Pecos, but does have some rooms for other travelers.

Refreshments will also be served during the ceremony and ribbon cutting.

Registration set Thursday evening at Bessie Haynes

PECOS, Wed., Aug. 15, 2001 -- Bessie Haynes Elementary School will be having registration from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

If the student is new to the district, they should bring their birth certificate, social security card, immunization record and report card of previous school attended.

Food Service Personnel will be on hand to process free and reduced lunch applications.


PECOS, Wed., Aug. 15, 2001 -- High Tuesday 104. Low this morning 72. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. Wind turning northeast 10 to 20 mph by midnight. Thursday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower 90s. Northeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. Friday and Saturday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows from the upper 60s to the lower 70s. Highs in the 90s.

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