The Old Yeller Days celebration to held Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Mason County Courthouse Lawn will bring to life the frontier times of Mason County and its literary heritage of Mason author Fred Gipson. Sponsored this year by the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, the event will showcase re-enactors and demonstrations emphasizing the 1870s time period in which Old Yeller was set. Cavalry re-enactors, spinning and weaving and frontier household demonstrations are just some of the activities planned.
In keeping with the Old Yeller theme, a Pet Parade and Contest will be held with dogs being judged in four different categories and prizes awarded in each category. Reigning Cats and Dogs will be donating prize packages in all four pet-related contests.
Other activities planned during the day include Old Time Games which include hoops, graces and farkle for both children and adults alike. The library will have a “Big Read” booth highlighting the book “True Grit” and there will be roping demonstrations. There will be vendor booths set up for selling food, plants, historical books and many other items.
Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and former editor of The Washington Post Sunday magazine, will be at the Odeon Theatre at 2 p.m. to speak on his book, “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend”. He will speak about his book and then there will be a showing of the movie, “The Searchers”, with a question and answer session to follow.
The Old Yeller Days Celebration on the courthouse lawn is being held the same time as the 1st annual Fall Festival of Churches and the Mason Lions Club Gem of the Hill Country 5K and 10K run. So, come out on Saturday, September 28 and enjoy a fun-filled day in the town of Mason.
Old Yeller Winners photo:
Old Yeller Day Celebration will be held Saturday, September 28, from 10:00 until 2:00 on the Court House lawn. Activities will include the traditional dog show and contest, along with frontier history re-enactors showcasing both military life and frontier living. Activities for the whole family will include a games area featuring amusements enjoyed in times long past
Family Activities at Old Yeller Day photo:
Children enjoy painting pumpkins during last year’s Old Yeller Day celebration. Old Yeller Day will be held this year on September 28 from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Court House.
Re-enactors at Old Yeller photo:
During the 2012 Old Yeller Day event, re-enactors Tommy Koepke and Greg Hector show and explain weaponry used by the U.S. Cavalry during the time Fort Mason was in use. Cade Dudney and his mom Angie examine military sabers. This year’s event will be held on September 28, on the west side of the Court House at the same time as the Fall Festival of Churches will be set up on the east side.