Heritage, Volume 02, Number 03, Summer 1985

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Native and naturalized Texans from across
the state pioneered a new tradition recently
at the first annual Texas Heritage
Celebration in the state's capital city. The
event was conceived and directed by the
Texas Historical Foundation to promote
and commemorate our state's unique history.
Texas is a state where rugged individualists
have always gathered to live,
work and make a home. Now, as in the
past, Texans strive for a better world and
work towards this common goal. Nowhere
is that tendency more evident than
in the state's capital, Austin, a city poised
on the edge of yet another new frontier.
Our Texas heritage is enjoyed by natives
of the state and her adopted children.
Reminiscent of a good old-fashioned
county fair, Waterloo Park in old historic
Austin came to life on June 15 and 16,
1985, as thousands of Texans gathered to
participate in such thoroughly Texan
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events as cowchip pitching, moseying,
lassoing (posts only - roping a member
of the opposite sex didn't count), and
horseshoe pitching.
Those undaunted by the Texas heat circled
a crackling campfire to test their endurance
and expertise in campfire squatting, a
contest reserved for only the toughest of
Texans. The winner of each competition
was awarded a tee shirt and ribbon specially
designed for the celebration as
prizes.
Of course, one's time could be spent in
more academic ways - a number of special
and historic displays entertained topics
of Texas history, culture, environment,
and arts & crafts. Trammell-Crow
Company exhibited the mastodon bones
recently unearthed during excavation on
Congress Avenue in Austin, while Pioneer
Farms displayed various aspects of the

projects and programs available at the
farm. The Austin Mexican-American
Chamber of Commerce and the Austin
Chamber of Commerce were both on
hand to inform visitors about their projects
and services. The Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department presented a slide
show on historic parks, and friends from
nearby Georgetown came down to show
examples of the outstanding restoration
and preservation as part of the
Georgetown Main Street Project. Members
of Georgetown Heritage Society,
Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and
Handcrafts Unlimited joined in this display.
The National Wildflower Research
Center, new to Austin, provided helpful
hints on preservation, propagation, and
use of wildflowers and native plants. The
Central Texas Woodcarvers Association
sent in their best artisans to demonstrate
the generations-old art of woodcarving.
To prime us for the upcoming birthday,

Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 02, Number 03, Summer 1985. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45444/. Accessed July 10, 2014.