Yorktown's Ziegfest brings families together (video)
Oct. 20, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.
Updated Oct. 21, 2012 at 5:21 a.m.
YORKTOWN - Randy Rogers was twirling his wife, Rebecca, around on Saturday afternoon as they enjoyed the sounds of country musician Jason Meadows.
They danced quite a bit.
"If they keep bringing these good singers, we're going to have to bring a change of clothes from all this dancing," said Rogers, 60, a Louisiana native who works not too far from Yorktown. "We just love to dance."
And that was just at 4 p.m.
The Rogers along with others paraded the streets of Yorktown as the 54th annual Yorktown Western Days/Ziegfest was in town. Connie Hall, executive director at the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, said Ziegfest is a weekend for the town.
"It's a lot of good atmosphere," Hall said. "The musicians enjoy it out here."
Hall said that although the town is small - about 2,100 people - you wouldn't notice the size because people come from out of town to enjoy the festivities.
Hall said that for people who come, the event is sort of a reunion.
"A lot of people move away," she said. "People get to see their old schoolmates. That way, people just come every year."
Not too far from the stage, underneath a tree catching some shade was Tim Petty, 55, and his daughter Rebekah, 7. Tim looked delighted as Rebekah enjoyed her red sno-cone.
"It's a nice place to be. I wish small towns always put stuff like this," said Tim Petty, who came up from Victoria. "All this entertainment - you can't beat this."
Rebekah didn't complain at all. When asked about her favorite part of the day, she couldn't pick one. Maybe it was because a few weeks before, she was enjoying the sights of Disney World with her aunt, her father said.
But her father responded for her.
"She rode everything," he said, hugging Rebekah. "It's something for everybody. I get to spend time with my daughter."
Business comes into Ziegfest for vendor Linda Coker. Coker, 53, owns Linda's Candles in Edna. In front of her store are displays of crafts and jewelry that she brought to Ziegfest.
"It's one of the better craft shows I've ever done," she said. "I've never had a complaint."
Allison Monette, 21, and her family came out for the second year in a row. Monette, a senior at Texas State University, does not see much of her family, which lives in Corpus Christi. She hopes this event will be part of something new.
"We're starting a new family tradition," she said.
For the Rogers, they may very well be coming back to Ziegfest often, especially since Randy will be working not too far away.
"I think we would," said Rebecca Rodgers, 49. "He's working here for three, four years, so yeah."