Crowds raise thousands to 18th Scholarship Fest

Duchesses Kasie Vestal, center, and Mason DeLong share a laugh with emcee Tim Weinheimer while drawing names on Saturday night at the 18th Annual Scholarship Fest. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

“Pleased” is what organizers are saying following the 18th Annual Scholarship Fest on Saturday, July 5, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

“We are very pleased with how we did,” said Larry Burrow, chairman of the event for the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. The final numbers are still being tabulated.

This year’s prize drawing featured over $33,000 in prizes, including 34 guns, jewelry, hunting and fishing equipment, gift certificates and more.

For the first time, prize drawing tickets were sold in advance and winners did not need to be present for those drawings.

This year’s event, which was moved from April, featured a German dinner. Along with the live auction was a silent auction, special drawings and more.

“A lot of people came up and said they had a good time,” Burrow said. “And, everyone seemed to enjoy the food.”


Craft beer topic for next HCFF, theater screening

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 latest film in this collaborative series — which will be screened tonight, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. — will be the documentary “Brewed In Austin: The Zymergence Of Craft Beer In Central Texas” in conjunction with Fritztown Cinema’s announcement that beer and wine is available for purchase at the theater.

Fritztown Cinema will begin with a smaller, local selection of beverages and expand over time, owner Sloan Ruth said.


Blood drive on Monday to offer Spurs opportunity

A community blood drive, which also gives donors a chance to win San Antonio Spurs packages, is planned Monday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 726 South Washington Street.

The drive is hosted by the United Methodist Church Women and is conducted by the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (STBTC,) which will offer everyone who donates twice between June 1 and Sept. 30 this year, a chance to win one of four offered San Antonio Spurs packages.

The packages include a pair of plaza-level tickets (for the donor and a guest,) as well as a parking pass for 10 home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Also offered are a ball cap and a movie pass.

The next blood drives after July 14 will be on Sept. 15 and Nov. 17.


'Hey, hay's okay to be square! (or even round)'

With the Gillespie County Hay Show just around the corner, rules and regulations have been announced.

Deadline for entering this year’s show is Friday, Aug. 1.

Square bales may be entered in Fredericksburg at Beyer Feed and Fertilizer, 3446 N. State Highway 16, and Lochte Feed and General Store, 509 Longhorn Street.

Also, entries can be left at Allied Ag in Stonewall and Behrends Feed and Fertilizer in Luckenbach.

There is no charge for the first bale but there is a $10 fee for each additional bale.

Round bales must be delivered to Beyer’s Feed and Fertilizer.

Round bales need to be close to full sized bales so Beyer can utilize standard hay equipment to transport bales, it was announced. 


FISD students make grade on STAAR, TAKS results

By Richard Zowie —

Preliminary test results for Texas public school students’ educational proficiency are in, and local students overall received passing grades.

Official results won’t be released until later this year, possibly by August, Fredericksburg Independent School District officials said. Preliminary results don’t reflect accountability standards.

FISD trustees received the preliminary State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness and Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills for local students during the assistant superintendents’ reports at a recent meeting.

According to the preliminary results:

Local third graders for 2014 scored a 78 on reading, compared to the state average of 76. Third graders also scored 79 overall in math, nine points higher than the state average of 70.


Get a seat early: Popular parade to march on Main

The deadline for Fourth of July parade entrees has been extended to the morning of the parade.

Late entrees will be accepted as long as they are patriotically decorated and in line before 9:30 a.m., but they will be near the end of the parade.

Those interested in entering the parade are still asked to submit an application, if possible.

Applications are available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center at 302 E. Austin St. or online at 

Completed applications can be returned to the visitor center, emailed to or faxed to 940-665-0076.

There is no charge to enter the parade, and the only requirement is that the entry must be patriotically decorated. 


Harper woman gets 20-year jail sentence

Aimee Bowlin, who pled guilty to manslaughter in the May 2013 shooting death of her husband, Michael Bowlin, in Harper is led in chains by Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Robinson (left), Deputy Karl Myers (second from right) and jail administrator, Lt. Larry Foraker, from the Gillespie County Jail to the courthouse across the street on Wednesday, June 25, for the sentencing phase of her case. Bowlin received a penalty of 20 years in state prison, the maximum for a manslaughter punishment. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A Harper woman who said “it was me or him” when admitting she killed her husband and stabbed herself to claim self-defense, will serve 20 years.

Aimee Elizabeth Bowlin, 43, maintained throughout her legal proceedings that she was fearful of Michael (Mike) Bowlin, 45, and that 20-plus years of verbal and physical abuse led up to May 26, 2013 — the date she fatally shot him twice in the chest.

Her sentence, which is the maximum penalty possible for manslaughter, was determined Wednesday, June 25, by Judge N. Keith Williams in the 216th District Court at the Gillespie County Courthouse.

“Our family gave a unified sigh of relief in the courtroom when we heard the sentencing,” Amber Bowlin, the oldest of the couple’s two daughters, said yesterday.


Vietnam native to soon take oath of citizenship

Kathy Huynh, owner of Solar Nails, will officially become a United States citizen when she attends the American Citizenship Ceremony held later this summer. — Standard-Radio Post/Autumn Bernhard

By Autumn Bernhard —

Almost 10 years after moving to the United States, Kathy Huynh, owner of Solar Nails, is becoming a United States citizen.

To become a citizen, Huynh took the United States Citizenship test on June 3 in San Antonio and passed.

“For me, the test was very difficult. I had a very sweet teacher, Hailey Binford, who helped me study for the test. We would meet every Thursday for two hours,” Huynh said. “We would go through each question multiple times. Hailey would read the questions to me and help me remember the answers.”

Now, the only thing Huynh has to do to become an official citizen is attend the American Citizenship Ceremony which is being held later this summer in San Antonio and put on by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


Gates to open Saturday for horse races

Guns, jewelry, gift certificates, hunting and fishing equipment and more totaling an estimated $33,000 will be given away at Scholarship Fest on Saturday night at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Greg Mohr, prize committee chairman holds a Browning White Gold Medallion 243; Maxine Jung, a member of the prize committee, wears a necklace from Texas Silver Rush that was featured in Texas Highways, a cuff bracelet from Jeep Collins, a turquoise pendant from Champe Jennings and a neck wire and pendant from James Avery, and Larry Burrow, chairman of Scholarship Fest, holds a Howa Ranch Camo 204. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Two events — live pari-mutuel horse racing and the Scholarship Fest — have been combined into one weekend to celebrate the Independence Day holiday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The July Fourth Racing Festival, featuring live pari-mutuel horse races, will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5, while the 18th Annual Scholarship Fest will take place on Saturday evening, July 5.

Both events are sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc.

And for the first time, advance tickets for all four race meet weekends, Scholarship Fest, Night In Old Fredericksburg, the 126th Gillespie County Fair and the Fredericksburg PBR are now available for online purchase.

To purchase tickets online, visit and click on the ticket link for a secure online transaction.

Information on all of the fair association’s 2014 events can also be found on their website.


Final weekend sell out for FTC's 'Les Misérables'

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s production of “Les Misérables” has sold out its final weekend, which concludes Sunday.

“In the event of a sell-out, the box office creates a stand-by list for any returned tickets,” Executive Director Steve Reily said. “Patrons interested in being placed on the stand-by list must be present at the theatre. If tickets become available, they will be sold in order to those on the stand-by list.”

Ticket price at the door is $35 for adults and $17 for children.

The musical is based on the novel by Victor Hugo set in 19th century France and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man seeking redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s child.

Performances will be held Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.


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