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March Madness in Tyler County

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By Mollie LaSalle
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Tomorrow is the first day of March, and that means “It’s Dogwood Time in Tyler County”. The promise of warmer days, and springtime are right around the corner.

March also brings a myriad of events for people to get out and enjoy. March 2 is Texas Independence Day, and each year, Heritage Village honors the date with speakers, dancers for the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Livingston, children from St. Paul’s Episcopal School performing, and finally, at 2 p.m., attendees toast the date by drinking glasses of fresh spring water.

One of the newer events is the Colmesneil Farmer’s Market, which is set up at the high school student parking lot in Colmesneil each Sunday from Noon until 5 pm. Local farmers and artisans come together and sell fresh produce, baked goods and crafts. It is a great place to support and strengthen our local community and support these farmers and artisans.

Victory Camp Colmesneil, located at 2472 FM 1745 N, is hosting their “Easter Walk with Jesus” which they have every year on the Saturday before Palm Sunday. This year the date is March 23. This event is free for all school age children. Please call 409-837-4472 for info on signing up.

The kick-off event for the Dogwood festivities is the Festival of the Arts on Saturday, March 23 at Heritage Village; the old fashioned “Dinner on the Grounds” will be Sunday, March 24 from 11 am-2 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Heritage Village gift shop, the Pickett House, Sullivan’s Hardware, the Booster office, and lastly, at the gate; ticket prices are: adults $10, and children, $5. For more information on these events, you may call Heritage Village at 409-283-2272.

Western Weekend is March 29-30. This part of the Dogwood festivities began 66 years ago, in 1958 when 75 horseback riders met on Hwy 190 at the Dickens County Line Store and made it to Woodville in time to join the Dogwood parade; this continued for 10 years, until 1968 when Western Weekend was added to the line-up on March 23. This year’s western weekend has evolved to include floats and tractors. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. The annual Lion’s Club Rodeo will take place Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m., and Saturday March 30 at 4:30 p.m. The rodeo is being presented by “Branded for Christ Rodeo Productions”.

Easter Sunday rounds out the month, on March 31. Several churches will be having sunrise services, and Easter egg hunts for the children are sure to be numerous and eagerly anticipated.

Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday, March 10. This is the time of the year that we “spring forward.”

Mark the date, and don’t forget to set your clocks up an hour.

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