First impressions of small-town life

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ROVING REPORTER

After living and working in Fredericksburg for over six months, I can honestly say I’ve loved it.

Growing up in an urban area outside Fort Worth, I was a bit nervous to move to a town of under 20,000 residents. Seeing as it’s such a tight knit community, I was worried I wouldn’t be accepted. But that has not been the case.

The people

Once I started participating in local sports leagues and organizations, and just going out and talking to people, I found that everyone treats you like a part of a big family.

My new friends have invited me to family gatherings, events and even to office Christmas parties. It’s a comforting feeling and one you don’t get in most other places.

I previously worked for a year at the newspaper in San Angelo. The job was great, but the town was definitely not as inviting. There weren’t many organizations that caught my attention, and the people were always so busy with their own lives that I just became another face in the crowd. I’m happy to report that it’s much different here.

Taste of the town

Another joy of this town is the delicious food. From the German cuisine, to something as simple as a cheeseburger, Fredericksburg has a plethora of local flavors. Oh, and I obviously can’t forget about the peaches. Those are heavenly.

This is a unique feature because in most bigger cities, local restaurants can be almost be nonexistent, causing fast food chains to take over. It’s refreshing to go out for a bite to eat and have many local options.

The county fair

The Gillespie County Fair was a pleasant surprise. When my coworkers initially told me about the fair, I didn’t think much of it.

“Some rides, fried food and music. No big deal,” was my first thought.

However, after being able to cover the event, I’ve got to say, it’s way more than that.

While the entertainment is great, what makes this fair so special is the importance this town puts on it.

Schools are off on its first day, the fair queen spot is highly sought after and families from all over the Hill Country come to showcase their livestock.

It’s a wonderful event and, in my opinion, is a big reason why Fredericksburg has kept its small-town vibes.

Unique stories

Last, but certainly not least, I’ve enjoyed hearing and telling other people’s stories. Giving this unique community a voice in my stories has been the best part of this job.

While I’ve been able to share a lot of those stories, I know there are so many more out there, and I hope to be able to share as much of them as I can.

If you have an interesting story that you would like told, feel free to send me an email at samuel@fredericksburgstandard.com. I will always consider them.

Thank you, Fredericksburg, for being so inviting to this new resident.