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Old Yeller Days To Be Held October 27, Honors Frontier Life in Mason County
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 • Posted October 24, 2012

The Old Yeller Days celebration to be held Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 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 by the Mason County Friends of the 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 frontier household demonstrations are just some of the activities that are 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. The categories include “Best Costume” with points given for original, homemade costumes; “Owner-Pet Lookalike”, “Best Trick” and “Old Yeller Lookalike”. Reigning Cats and Dogs will be donating prize packages for first through third places in all four pet-related contests. Nutro Pet Foods will be awarding the winner in each pet-related category a grand prize of a year’s supply of dog food. These prizes are worth over $500 each. There will be a “Travis Lookalike” contest as well with a trophy given for this winner.

A pet food drive will be conducted for the Mason Animal Shelter. Pet supplies will be collected at Lowe’s supermarket during the week and on Saturday, in the bed of the Newsoms’ 1927 Model T Roadster Pick-Up, which will be parked on the square. Other events during the day include music by Daryl and Petra Watson, Sherra Theisen with the Nature Project will have many family-friendly activities including face and pumpkin painting, and Kory Perlicheck of the Texas Parks and Wildlife will have a wildlife display for the kids.

Donna Ingham, Texana author and nationally known storyteller, will be performing during the day. She will also have her books available to purchase. Both commerical businesses and local service organizations will have vendor booths set up selling food, arts & crafts, plants, and many other items.

The Old Yeller Days celebration on the courthouse lawn is being held the same time as the Starving Artists Show which is set up on the sidewalks around the square. So, come out on Saturday the 27th and enjoy a fun-filled day in the town of Mason.

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