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Advocate editorial board opinion: Edna recreation complex offers variety of events

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 19, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2012 at 7:19 p.m.


We were excited to see big events taking place at the Brackenridge Event Center in Edna this past week.

First, there was the third annual Winter Carnival & Snow Day this past Saturday, which featured about 59,000 pounds of snow for visitors to play in, as well as games, a hay ride and even an eight-foot snow slide.

Second, there is the Tough Mudder competition on Jan. 28-29. This is a 10- to 12-mile-long obstacle course that is used by the British Special Forces as a challenge. The course is built with underground mud tunnels, freezing water, fire pits, 12-foot walls and 10,000 volt wiring.

Contestants run through this course to test the limits of their abilities. And according to Cammie Pearson, recreation coordinator for the center, there are people coming from all over to participate, including American soldiers who were serving in Afghanistan.

"It's a great spectator event, especially if you know somebody who's running in it," she said.

Pearson says the center has been working with the group to bring the Tough Mudder event to Edna for about two years.

In addition, the center has been working to expand the range of events offered to appeal to a wider audience in order to draw in people from outside the area to create economic impact.

"We'll try anything if we think we can accommodate it."

We think it is a wonderful thing that an area event center brings in such happenings and the community can come together and enjoy.

This is a wide range of events, from family fun to physical challenges for adults wishing to push their limits, not to mention the events coming up later this year, including a new concert series connected to the rodeo in April and the Rezfest Christian music concert - which Pearson says was her favorite event last year - the Thursday before Easter.

We think such a wide range helps show how versatile a community center can be, whether it's owned by a county, city or private corporation, and we encourage Brackenridge to keep up the good work and other centers to follow this example.

Not only will these types of events attract members of the immediate community, but also people from other parts of the area and beyond.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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