Harper 51st Frontier Day celebration on tap Saturday

The Harper Community Park Association will celebrate its 51st Annual Harper Frontier Day on Saturday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day weekend).

This year’s event kicks off at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4 with Open Draw Pot Team Roping. Draw three for $150 per man, and roping will immediately follow barrel racing.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, action continues at 9 a.m. with the rodeo slack. Activities throughout the day will include Pioneer Museum tours, 42 dominoes tournament, kid fishing contest, washer pitching contest, and Little Miss/Mister Harper contest.

The parade begins at 5 p.m. downtown, followed by a barbecue meal by donation at 6 p.m.

The Lester Meier Open Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. dance featuring the band “Country From the Heart.”


Airport to host weekend WWII airplane display

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will showcase World War II aircraft, Friday through Monday, Sept. 4-7, at the Gillespie County Airport.

Among the aircraft at the show will be Texas Raiders, including the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell bomber Yellow Rose, the P-51 Mustang fighter “Pecos Bill,” a T-6 Texan trainer and an L-17A Navion transport.

Beginning each day at 10 a.m., Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5-7, the public can visit the aircraft and for a nominal admission fee and can take walk-through tours that include commentary from crew members.

The Gillespie County Airport is located at 217 Airport Road, off of Texas 16 South.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 or $20 for a family of up to five members.

World War II veterans and active duty service men and women with military ID may tour for free.

Tours of all five aircraft will be available to the public as will the chance to ride in the bombers and trainers.


Galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, Sept. 4, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

Gallery hours will vary.

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 hosting an exhibit and reception with Texas artist Stephen Napper on Friday, Sept. 4.


Parks update will affect city bond package plans

By Matt Ward —

Citizen input on future development and improvements at local parks is being requested by the City of Fredericksburg as part of an update to the city parks master plan.

Decisions made at the end of the update process will be considered as the city investigates a bond package to put before voters next year.

“We’ve gone through this process (updating the parks master plan) many times,” Jimmy Alexander, city parks and recreation director, said. “This is really a unique opportunity in this process because the city council has made a commitment that what shakes out of this process we’re going to put before the voters (in a bond election) and that’s pretty unique.”

City officials will take public comments on the parks system through Sept. 30. Additionally, a public input questionnaire is available online at


County enacts burn ban as heat lingers

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Gillespie County Commissioners joined neighboring counties on Monday to enact a burn ban during this intense, hot, dry summer.

“We all knew this was coming. With the robust growth in the spring and the drastic change in the weather, we now have incredible fuel loads,” said Steve Olfers, county fire marshal. “I don’t see anything favorable to change it in the near future.”

Fire personnel with the county met with representatives from the Texas Forest Service, who described conditions that have led to several wildfires in neighboring counties.

“With the fuel load, fires are able to advance without much wind,” Olfers said. “The types of fires they’re seeing are certainly concerning.”

The ban prohibits burning in the unincorporated areas of the county, except in containers designed to contain flames and embers, such as trash barrels and charcoal grills.


First-day enrollment for FISD is combined 3,045

Matt Tekulve drops his son, Ruger, off for his first day of kindergarten at Fredericksburg Primary School on Monday morning, Aug. 24. FPS and the rest of the Fredericksburg Independent School District had their first day of school on Monday. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

By Joshua McKinney —

Summer’s officially over for public school students and some private school students in the area.

An estimated 4,150 students are attending Gillespie County schools so far, and more students are to follow.

Fredericksburg, Harper and Doss school districts resumed classes on Monday, Aug. 24, along with Ambleside School of Fredericksburg.

St. Mary’s School returned to class on Monday, Aug. 17.

Fredericksburg ISD

Fredericksburg Independent School District had a first-day enrollment of 3,045 students.

Fredericksburg Primary School had 312 students in attendance on the first day.

Stonewall Elementary counted 102 students and Fredericksburg Elementary had 1,024 signed up for classes.

Fredericksburg Middle School’s enrollment was 645 and Fredericksburg High School had 949 in class on Monday.


Investment firms buy Boot Ranch

Luxury property golf resort Boot Ranch was purchased from Lehman Brothers. — File photo

Terra Verde Group and Wheelock Street Capital have purchased Boot Ranch, the 2,051-acre private master planned community in Fredericksburg, from Lehman Brothers.

The acquisition included estate and cabin home sites that range in price from $300,000 to $2.5 million; a 55,000-square-foot members-only clubhouse and village complex; a 4.5-acre pool and sports campus; an 18-hole Hal Sutton-designed golf course and a 34-acre golf practice park and executive par-3 course.

“Boot Ranch is an exciting high-end lifestyle real estate project within our strongest market, Texas,” said Mark Enderle, partner with Terra Verde Group. “Our successful and sound approach to structured property releases, along with our substantial experience in the marketing and selling of amenity-rich lifestyle communities, make Boot Ranch a good fit for our company.”


'Fair thee well'

A new queen and three duchesses were crowned on Friday night during the 127th Gillespie County Fair to represent the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association during 2016. Crowned were, from left, First Duchess Rachel Rothermel, Queen Julie Krebs, Second Duchess Jaleigh Brown and Third Duchess Marah Graef. More photos from the queen’s contest on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

A queen has been crowned, trophies awarded, the animals have returned home and the last live horse race of the season has been run to bring to a close the 127th Gillespie County Fair.

Held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the four-day celebration Thursday through Sunday included a queen’s contest, music, parade, live pari-mutuel horse racing, carnival and midway, agricultural and home products displays, domino tournament, livestock judging and more.

“It was a great fair,” said Robert (Henry) Sagebiel, president of the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. “We received great support from the community.”

He also recognized all of those who brought entries for the fair. “A lot of people really enjoy looking at all of the vegetables, canned goods, sewing, baked goods, arts and crafts and more that are in the Exhibition Hall.”


Horse racing season ends at county fair

Live pari-mutuel horse racing for the 2015 season came to an end over the weekend with two days of action held as part of the 127th Gillespie County Fair. 
In addition to Saturday and Sunday’s program, the eightday summer season at the Class III track at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds also included live racing on July 4-5, July 18-19 and Aug. 8-9.
The Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association sponsors the live pari-mutuel horse racing as well as the 127th Gillespie County Fair. (More information on the fair can be found in a separate article.)
“It was another great horse race meet,” said Lee DeLong, a director with the fair association and mutuels manager.
He said that the “races went well” and that there were full gates both days. “We attribute that to the trainers and owners
who enjoy coming to the fair and supporting us.”

Gillespie County Fair Parade

Ursula Worrell and grandson Brazos Worrell give a thumbs up from their cruiser in the fair parade. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke


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