Big parade will kick off local Fourth festivities

There will be all kinds of vehicles in the Fourth of July parade. Graham Kneale steers last year’s parade course on a Segway. — File photo

Fredericksburg will celebrate America’s 239th birthday in style this weekend with various Fourth of July activities.

Those events include the Fredericksburg Community Fourth of July Parade, Children’s Parade and other events commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The parade will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, entering Main Street at the Gillespie County Courthouse.

A patriotic concert will follow the parade.

Entering the parade

Entry submission forms for the Fredericksburg Community Fourth of July Parade are due Thursday, July 2.

Entry into the parade is free, and forms can be picked up at the Visitor Information Center at 302 East Austin Street or may be downloaded from the official parade website at


Kids' parade Saturday at Kinder Halle

Brazos, Worrell, in aviator cap and goggles, awaits the start of last year's kids' parade. — File photo

Children will get to display a love of country in their own Independence Day parade.

  The children’s Fourth of July parade will take place at Marktplatz’s Kinder Halle pavilion at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.

All children up to age 11 can participate in the Independence Day parade in an annual display of patriotism.

Children are allowed to bring small pets, decorated bicycles, tricycles or wagons.

Participants may enter in the various categories, including “Best Dressed,” “Most Patriotic,” “Mr. Fourth of July,” “Miss Fourth of July,” “Miss Liberty” and “Best Vehicle.”

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!


Gillespie County Fair catalog now available

A season that includes pari-mutuel horse racing, Night In Old Fredericksburg, Scholarship Fest, bull riding and the 127th Gillespie County Fair gets underway this weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

And just in time for the opening of the 2015 season, the new 127th Gillespie County Fair Catalog and Prize List magazine has been published.

The 56-page, full-color magazine is included in this week’s Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post and will also be available free of charge at many of the advertisers in the publication.

Copies are also available at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.


Galleries to host First Friday Art Walk celebrations

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, July 3, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

For more information and the latest news from participating galleries, visit

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

The following galleries have submitted information concerning their First Friday Art Walk events:

Agave Gallery — Fine Art. Texas Style!, 208 East San Antonio, is featuring “Arctic Wild: Images from the Frozen North” by nature photographer Jim Heupel.

Featuring photographs of polar bears, arctic foxes, the northern lights and the polar sun shafts in the snow from a remote area on Hudson Bay, north of Manitoba, Canada.


Home, business values rise 10%

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Home and business property tax valuations rose more than 10 percent in 2015, and taxpayers have until July 10 to discuss or protest their evaluations, said David Oehler, chief appraiser for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD).

Total market values increased 5.1 percent this year, from $7,009,096,338 in 2014 to $7,366,510,706 in 2015.

Oehler said by category breakdown, single family home residential valuations increased 10.3 percent, from $1,209,103,042 last year to $1,334,118,423 this year.

The Gillespie County real estate market is definitely recovering from the slowdown that occurred during 2009-2012,” Oehler said. “Although the number of sales decreased dramatically during that time, Gillespie never saw the dramatic downturn in values as seen in much of the state. Now that the number of transactions is increasing, the market is much stronger and property values are increasing.”


Live, pari-mutuel horse racing season begins July 4-5

A full slate of quarter horse and thoroughbred racing on Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5, will kick off the 2015 live pari-mutuel horse racing season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day July Fourth Racing Festival will celebrate the Independence Day weekend with special races, trials and futurities at the five-eighths mile oval.

Gates to the Class III racing facility open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m., both days.

Admission to the grounds 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.

Advance tickets are available for purchase online by visiting and clicking on “tickets” for a secure online transaction.

Several special races are planned as part of the two-day program.


Concert, fireworks show to mark Fourth of July

The City of Fredericksburg will host their annual fireworks show and patriotic concert Saturday evening, July 4, inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

The event will begin with a 7:30 p.m. concert by the United States Air Force (USAF) Band of the West’s “Warhawk” ensemble at the park’s Pioneer Pavilion.

The group, featuring a wide-variety repertoire, is the USAF Band of the West’s response to America’s demand for classic rock ’n roll, traditional country and current pop music heard on the Top 40s stations.

Later in the evening, the City of Fredericksburg will begin the launch of its annual fireworks display from the park’s golf course area.

The public is invited to take up spectating spots inside the park, or at the surrounding Gillespie County Airport and other neighboring locations.


Commissioners asked to support new animal shelter

Gillespie County Commissioners met Monday and were asked to support a new animal shelter by a representative from Friends of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter (FFAS).

Kelly Musselman, spokesperson for the group, already approached the city council about a new facility.

Musselman’s group wants the county to assist with funding the facility since, she said, 30 percent of strays come from outside the city limits and are housed at the city’s current shelter at the city landfill.

The county does not contribute to the facility’s upkeep or staffing at present.

“This is an old, inadequate, substandard facility that has long outlived its usefulness,” Musselman said. “We need a new shelter in a new location where potential pet adopters will be happy to visit and employees and volunteers can do their job in safe surroundings.”


Standard-Radio Post is Texas’ top large weekly

The Fredericksburg Standard Radio-Post won top honors in a statewide newspaper contest on Saturday, June 20 at the Westin Austin at The Domain in Austin.

The paper was the sweepstakes winner in Division 6 large weekly category of the Texas Press Association’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, besting 16 other newspapers.

The Standard-Radio Post received 400 points to take top honors followed by the Port Aransas South Jetty with 375, the Silsbee Bee with 350 and the Hill Country Community Journal with 325.

“I am so proud of our staff for the consistent, quality work they do week-in and week-out,” said Ken Esten Cooke, publisher and editor. “What we do is a team effort and this is the equivalent of a state championship.”


New record set at peach auction

By Yvonne Hartmann —

A new record was set on Saturday when buyers paid $40,410 for prize-winning peaches, pies, cobblers, preserves and salsas at the 54th Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo.

The annual Peach Show and Auction on Saturday afternoon was just one of the many highlights of the 54th annual event sponsored by the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

“It was another record by far for the peach auction,” said Brandon Weinheimer, president of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce. “This year’s peach crop resulted in fantastic entries for the peach show.”

He added that this year, several new buyers participated in the peach auction.

Of the total $40,410 spent on Saturday, $25,000 was spent on prize-winning peaches while $15,410 was paid for the pies, cobblers, preserves and salsas,

This year’s record-setting sale topped the 2014 record of $30,550.


Subscribe to RSS - News