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2010-04-24 / Community News

Washer and Horseshoe Pitchin’

Old Fashioned Fun for the Whole Family
by Candice Walch

Justin Billings, Chris Billings, Kaitlyn Billings, Sarah Worley holding Terra, Rickey Parker, Amber Worley holding Tristan Billings, and Sabrina Billings gather while eating lunch on the Square at the 2008 Homecoming festivities. Justin Billings, Chris Billings, Kaitlyn Billings, Sarah Worley holding Terra, Rickey Parker, Amber Worley holding Tristan Billings, and Sabrina Billings gather while eating lunch on the Square at the 2008 Homecoming festivities. Homecoming is upon us once again. We have been making preparations for the upcoming festivities for the past several months, and now are just weeks away from the big event. The washer and horseshoe tournaments, which were started to raise interest in Lee County Go-Texan competition, have been taking place for many years. My husband and I took over the competitions in 2002.

It takes a lot to run these tournaments, but with the help and generosity of local residents it has made our jobs a lot easier. Georgeena Arnett is kind enough to let us use her lot year after year to host the tournament. In the past, Troy Walch and David Boettcher have donated sand for us to use in the pits. The last several years Rick Perry has donated the sand and will do so again this year.

The washer and horseshoe tournaments are a team competition. An entry fee of $10 per team is collected at sign in. Prizes are award to the first, second, and third place teams. The prize money is from entry fees and the trophies are donated by various distributors. M & S Distributing in La Grange, Wright Distributing in Bastrop, and Mike Hopkins Distributing in Brenham have always been wonderful to work with. The competition this year will be sponsored by M & S Distributing.

Many people from Lee County and surrounding areas come out just to participate in these tournaments. They bring with them family and friends who go out on the Square and enjoy the arts and crafts, car show, food booths, and other various activities. We are very pleased to see how much our turnout has grown over the past eight years. Our first year, there was less than ten washer teams, and now we usually have around 20 teams participate. We have seen the same growth rate with the horseshoe teams as well.

Please come out this Homecoming and visit us during these competitions. We are located southwest of the Square directly behind DCB Feed. We hope to see you there.

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