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LATE DIRECTOR TO BE HONORED DURING ANNUAL FESTIVAL

By by sonny long/slong@vicad.com
Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:17 a.m.

Melissa Armstrong

YORKTOWN WESTERN DAYS/ZIEGFEST

Thursday

• 1:30 p.m. - Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall opening ceremony

• 5 p.m. - Carnival and Cantina

Friday

• 9 a.m. - Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall

• 5 p.m. - Carnival and Cantina

• 5 p.m. - Craft and food vendors

• 5 p.m. - Paintball shooting range

• 5 p.m. - Water balls, rock wall, bungee jumping, mechanical bull riding

• 5:30 p.m. - Children's parade, downtown

Saturday

• 9 a.m. - Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall

• 10 a.m. - Craft and food vendor, cantina, petting zoo, pony rides, paintball shooting range, water balls, rock wall, mechanical bull riding

• 10:15 - Motorcycle tour, grand parade, downtown

• Noon - Gold mine, carnival, quilt show, bungee jumping

• 12:30 p.m. - Mutton bustin', pig scramble registration

• 1 p.m. - Brazos Bottom Cowographers

• 1:30 p.m. - Mutton bustin', pig scramble

• 2:30 p.m. - Salsa contest turn in

• 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. - Brazos Bottom Cowographers

• 7 p.m - Cook-off awards

Sunday

• Noon - Carnival and Cantina, water balls, rock wall, paintball shooting range

• 12:30 p.m. - Hermann Sons Dancers, Brazos Bottom Cowographers

• 1 p.m. - Lil' Wrangler Rode

• 2 p.m. - Children's tractor pull

• 2:30 p.m. - Brazos Bottom Cowographers

• 2:30 p.m. - Children's cook-off

• 5:30 p.m. - Cook-off awards

• 6 p.m. - Guitar auction

• 6:30 p.m. - Drawing

YORKTOWN - "This was her third kid."

Chad Buesing, president of the Western Days Association board of directors, summed up what the annual festival meant to the organization's late executive director Melissa Armstrong, who died earlier this year at age 50.

Armstrong, who wore three executive hats in Yorktown - executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation and executive director of the Yorktown Western Days Association - fell into a coma Aug. 26 and died a week later.

"It's definitely tough. Melissa ran things for 11 years," said Buesing. "We're trying to pull together and hope she's proud of us.

"I am sure she's up there right now, telling us how wrong we're doing it, " he chuckled.

Armstrong will be honored during this year's event with a commemorative T-shirt being sold by the chamber of commerce for $15 each. Proceeds will go to Armstrong's children.

A permanent plaque honoring Armstrong is also planned for the Yorktown city park.

"She spent a lot of time in that park," Buesing said.

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