Newspaper needs to cover more hometown events
I discontinued my subscription awhile back when Baxter Black’s column was nixed. I still buy an occasional Wednesday edition or look at the website. Not long ago when I stopped to get a paper another customer commented that he was surprised the front page photos were not of local prisoners. Yes, crime has a place on the front page, but so do other area events.
There are lots of events that are worth coverage but just seen to fall through the cracks. One of those events was held recently.
The Parker Sheriff’s Posse just had its 8th Annual Ranch Rodeo. Kudos to the posse for a job well done. I have only missed one of the rodeos but I can tell you that they get better every year. The cowboys from area ranches compete by exhibiting their everyday working skills in the hopes of maybe winning a little pocket change or better yet, “braggin’ rights.” Chuckwagon “cookies” also compete in the hopes of their wagon serving up a winning dish in the Meat, Beans, Bread or Dessert categories. They also compete for Best Overall Wagon. Congrats to Haven Snow and his Ming Bend Cattle Co. wagon. Mr. Snow also dishes out an excellant apple pie. My guess would be that you may have never enjoyed a meal from a chuckwagon. For a mere $10, the public was able to enjoy a meal from one or all of the wagons. They were all winners.
This year’s event also included a cavalry demonstration and a mounted shooting competition. I missed the cavalry demo but thoroughly enjoyed the cowboy mounted shooting put on by members of the local “Texas Smokin” Guns. Thumbs up for this new addition. This year’s event was accompanied by great weather and concluded with a great concert by the Thieving Birds. Even though the crowds were small, I believe everyone there had a great time. Too bad our local paper gave the folks involved no coverage. There is a lot of history surrounding the ranches and chuckwagons that participated. I am sure you or one of your reporters could sit down with one of these “cookies” or “cowboys” and get some material for an excellent front page story. I know that my hometown newspaper the Big Bend Sentinel (award winning, I might mention) and the neighboring Alpine Avalanche have great coverage and support the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo held every August.
If I might borrow from an area paper, cheers to the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, jeers again to the Weatherford Democrat.