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July 30th, 2009
Dripping Springs announces Wild West Fest

STAFF REPORT

The City of Dripping Springs and the Harrison Ranch Park Steering Committee recently announced the community’s first ever western themed festival, Wild West Fest.

The event will take place on Oct. 24 at Harrison Ranch Park. The proceeds will benefit local efforts to develop Harrison Ranch Park by raising matching grant money.

Wild West Fest will feature a chili cook-off, an old fashioned pie contest, 4-H competitions, equestrian demonstrations and deer roping. Other planned amusements include a petting zoo, hay rides, heritage games and a haunted house.

In January, the state’s Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPW) awarded Dripping Springs a Wildlife Outdoor Recreation matching grant of $500,000 to use toward park improvements at Harrison Ranch Park. The  grant will make it possible for more than six acres of the Harrison Ranch Park property surrounding Little Barton Creek to be set aside for dedication as a wildlife preservation and conservation area.

Other planned park developments planned include a multi-use, open air pavilion suited for equestrian and other events, a play ground, primitive tent campsites, a crushed granite pedestrian trail for walkers, hikers and runners, a path to support bicycles and wheelchairs, open play area, equestrian trails, an 18-hole course for disk (Frisbee) golf, two regulation horseshoe and washer courts and designated picnic areas.

To move forward on the project, the Dripping Springs community must raise $500,000 to match the grant from TPW. Festival organizers and Harrison Ranch Park Steering Committee members seek event sponsors and in-kind donations.

Sponsorship dollars and donations provide festival security, sanitation, barricades, tents, trash pick-up and publicity for the event. Sponsorships are available at various levels of support. Call Dripping Springs Parks Coordinator Ashley Seay at (512) 858-4725 for more information.

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