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February 2nd, 2009
San Antonio trail riders pull up to square

Trail riders from the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo hitch ’em up along San Antonio Street a little after high noon Monday. Photo by Hap Mansfield.

STAFF REPORT

After spending the night at Freeman Ranch, about three dozen trail riders from the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo pulled up to the downtown San Marcos square Monday at high noon.

Awaiting the riders was the traditional peach cobbler that San Marcos volunteers have prepared for the trail riders through the last 11 years.

The volunteers – Tim Harkins, Valerie Creveling, John Payne and John Agee – prepare the cobbler in Dutch ovens over hot coals for an authentic trail ride experience. The recipe they use comes down from Creveling’s grandmother. The confection requires that cooks tend to the hot pots full of butter and peaches very carefully. Also available to the riders is coffee made over the open coals in an enameled coffeepot.

Main Street Program Director Kelly Franks corralled these volunteers more than a decade ago, and they’ve done it ever since with gracious smiles.

“Nobody can say ‘no’ to Kelly Franks,” Creveling said.

After the cobbler, the riders were to head over to the Hays County Civic Center. Local restaurants and residents were to feed the riders Monday night. The riders were to spend Monday night in town, then ride on.

The trail riders arrived on the San Marcos downtown square at high noon. Photo by Hap Mansfield.

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