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Wednesday, July 7, 2010 • Posted July 7, 2010

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin.’

Keep them dogies rollin.’

No time to understand ‘em.

Just try to rope and brand ‘em.

Move ‘em out.

Bring ‘em in.

Round ‘em up.

And speaking of round up.

Round-Up Weekend is comin’ up.


July 9 and 10.

It’s the 46th Annual Round-Up.

But then, who’s counting.

One thing’s for sure.

If you’ve seen one, you have NOT seen ‘em all.

They vary year to year.

As do the folks who participate.

The rodeo.

The dance band.

The handmade floats.

The horses and their proud riders.

Vintage trucks and cars.

The arts and crafts.

And music.

And food.

The kids.

The Round-Up Queen and her Duchesses.

And the jackasses.

(In the Jackass Race, that is.)

Different every year.

All this around the square.

On the Courthouse lawn.

And out at City Park.

All the shops will be open too.

And all the eateries.

All day.

Some of them into the night.

And don’t forget the Odeon Theater.

Our very own original movie theater showing first-run PG films.

It’s not only a landmark.

It’s a miracle the theater survived.

Most small towns lost theirs long ago.

We’re lucky to have it.

Thanks to Jane Hoerster and Spider Johnson who came to its rescue in 1994.

Ever since, the Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) has ensured the theater’s place on the square.

You can donate to this non-profit organization any day of the year just to make sure it remains part of the community.

You can also help OPA raise funds for the Odeon to become a Performing Arts Center as well.

Go to [].

Movies, live music, theatre, dance.

The wonder of it all.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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