Live pari-mutuel horse racing back at Gillespie Downs

Horses will be back on the track at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, for the Gillespie County Race Meet.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children six to 15 years of age and free for children five and under.

Reserved seats are $10 and box seats are $15.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance at Click on “tickets” for a secure online transaction.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day Gillespie County Race Meet will again see quarter horses and thoroughbreds running at the local five-eighths mile oval.

Also taking place over the weekend at the fair grounds  will be three livestock shows in the Show Barn.


FTC to perform 'The Fantasticks' this weekend

Tickets are on sale for the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s production of “The Fantasticks,” which runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 7-10.

The performances will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Harvey Schmidt, who composed the music and collaborated the musical with lyricist Tom Jones, will be the guest of honor at a special gala beginning on opening night tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the remaining performances, slated for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, are $29 for adults and $12 for youth 18 and under.

The world’s longest-running musical, “The Fantasticks” is a comedic love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. Featuring the narrator, El Gallo, the boy and girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find each other again.


2014 'Schuetzenkoenige' crowned

Dennis Crenwelge is lifted by his Grapetown Shooting Club teammates to the strains of “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High” shortly after being crowned the centerfire king Sunday evening to cap the 119th Annual Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest. Some 106 competitors from the county’s six shooting clubs were drawn to the annual contest, hosted by the Tivydale Shooting Club at its range. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Double shoot-offs were needed to decide this year’s Schuetzenfest royalty and, when the final shots rang out, Dennis Crenwelge and Fred Grimes were kings.

Crenwelge was crowned centerfire “Schuetzen-koenig” after turning in a score of 96 in the shoot-off to oust contender John Klaerner, who trailed two points behind with a 94.

The pair had led the field of 106 shooters at the conclusion of the regular contest with a tying score of 98 to force the showdown.

In the .22 rimfire contest, Grimes and Daniel Marquardt turned in twin scores of 89 to force their post- shoot duel. Grimes then claimed the rimfire crown by punch an 84 in his target, while Marquardt’s efforts yielded an 80.


Historical society names new executive director

Beverly Hadley, Gillespie County Historical Society’s new executive director, is welcomed by Dr. James Lindley, board president. — Submitted photo

A historical consultant and former heritage museum director will take the reins at the Gillespie County Historical Society.

The GCHS board of directors named Beverly Hadley as its new executive director. Hadley will lead the organization in its effort to maintain and preserve the history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

Hadley is a seasoned executive with administrative experience in nonprofit, educational and museum settings. She has developed museum programming, education and curatorial programs, as well as worked with and for nonprofit entities.


Indie screening to feature Dublin Dr Pepper plight

"Bottled Up" is the story of the battle over the Dublin Dr Pepper bottling plant.

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) has partnered with Fritztown Cinema to promote the art of independent filmmaking through a monthly “indie screening series” in Fredericksburg.

The seventh film in this collaborative series — which will be screened tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. — will be the documentary “Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr Pepper.”

The screening is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Hill Country Film Society, which sponsors the annual festival, and Fritztown Cinema.

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Youths receive ovation for 'Jungle Book' production

Shere Khan (Dana Stableford) spreads terror with every stealthy step through the trees during the Freddyburg Youth Theater’s production of “Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids” — a production that concluded the summer youth camp with four full performances, making it a sold-out run at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater. The musical pleased audiences Thursday through Saturday, July 31-Aug. 2. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Livestock judging hits showring this weekend

Livestock judging in conjunction with the 126th Gillespie County Fair gets an early start this weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Three livestock competitions are planned including the Meat Goat Futurity on Saturday, Aug. 9, and the Lamb Futurity along with the Gillespie County Race Day Classic Steer Show on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Judging will take place in the show barn and award presentations are also scheduled there as a part of each show.

The three events are a part of the 126th Gillespie County Fair, scheduled Aug. 21-24, also at the fair grounds.

In addition to livestock judging this weekend, there will also be live pari-mutuel horse racing on both Saturday and Sunday as part of the Gillespie County Race Meet.

Sponsoring the horse racing and livestock shows is the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

(For more on the horse racing, refer to the separate article found elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.)


FISD theater camp students to perform 'Peter Pan JR.'

Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Community Education will commemorate its 14th year of summer theater camp with three performances of the Disney classic, “Peter Pan JR.”

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8-9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

“Peter Pan JR.,” a tale about a little boy who never grew up, tells a story about how “all you need is faith and trust, and a little bit of pixie dust.”

Bob Straus is the director while Donna Jackson is the musical director.

Randi Jackson is the choreographer; Aubrey Houston, assistant director, and Meghan Houston, stage manager.


Dialogues, Dances concert on Saturday to feature ensembles

Two ensembles will be featured at the Dialogues and Dances concert on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Hill Country University Center.

Included on the program will be the Summer Workshop Ensemble and the Avenue Ensemble.

The Summer Workshop Ensemble will sing works by Brahms, Haydn, Derufle, Faure and director, Mark Hierholzer.

The Summer Workshop Ensemble is made up of singers from the Fredericksburg Chorale who choose to work on new literature during the chorale’s regular summer break.

Featured pieces will include “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” from Brahms’ German Requiem, “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Faure and Haydn’s “Te Deum.”

In addition, the ensemble will perform a new work by Hierholzer for piano, flute, accordion and choir called “Guacamole Cantata.”

This piece is a somewhat tongue-and cheek work modeled after Bach’s secular cantatas such as his “Coffee Cantata” and “Peasant Cantata,” Hierholzer said.


Commissioners OK new dispatch unit

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners approved the creation of a new department to oversee a consolidated dispatch operations in unanimous vote during Monday’s regular session meeting. 

The decision came from the recommendation given by the Dispatch Advisory Board to move dispatch operations from the Sheriff’s Office to a new department.

 “It was unanimous that we should have a consolidated dispatch,” said John Culpepper, chairman of the Dispatch Advisory Board, which consists of three city-appointed representatives and two appointed by the county.

Culpepper outlined three options for management of the new center:

• Dispatch operations would remain in the county under the Sheriff’s Office control;

• Place dispatch operations under the chief of police, or,

• Form a separate department reporting to county commissioners.


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