Several of the historic cabins at the Wise County Reunion grounds are getting makeovers.
Cabin owners and hired hands have been out at the park for almost two weeks, preparing the short-term residences for the week of Reunion.
Chase Chapman, owner of Chapman Irrigation, said his cabin is getting new sod laid to prepare for the ever-popular washer tournament.
“We spend a lot of time out here playing,” Chapman said, “it’s better than just being out in the road.”
Chapman’s team has medaled in three of the past four washer tournaments. This year, the tournament’s single-elimination format has several teams changing their approach to the competition.
“The strategy is simple,” Chapman said. “Don’t lose a game.”
This year’s tournament, to be held on Tuesday, is going for a Guinness world record and is expected to attract more than 100 teams.
Just down the road from Chapman’s cabin, David Wade is busy working on another cabin.
The contractor said time has played a big role in the degradation of several cabins’ structural stability.
“After 60-plus years, things start to fall apart,” Wade said. “You have to stay on top of it. With weathering aging the wood, it’s gotten a bit shaky.”
In recent years, several of the dilapidated wooden structures at the park have been replaced by steel buildings.
For short-term improvements, Wade plans to run braces around the cabin, hoping to make up for years of damage.
“Age has a way of making things wear out,” Wade said. “There’s a lot of work to be done here.”
REUNION ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
Mr. and Miss Pageant 7 p.m. Ages 6 months to 9 years
Theme: Picnic in the Park
Sponsored by Chalet of Jewelry and Sarah Jane’s Flower Shop. Applications available at Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Legend Bank, Chalet of Jewelry, DATCU and North Texas Bank.
“Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” Washer Tournament
Pre-Register at wisecountywashers.com
Registration and check-in 4 p.m. at Reunion Grounds
Tournament starts 7:30 p.m.
The Hinkles followed by Rick Bowling and Roland Upton “Ric & Rol” 7 p.m.
Arrendadores del Valle 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Mike Ryan 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Phil Hamilton 11 p.m.
Jake Hooker and The Outsiders 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Midway Entertainment Provided By: Happy World