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5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, August 25, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 25, 2018
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Friday Night Football

#1 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

After months of anticipation and several weeks of sweating in the hot Texas sun, football season is back.

Wise County football teams will take the field next Friday for the regular season opener and, hopefully, their first steps to playoff berths.

The big matchup of opening week will be the Decatur Eagles testing their might against 4A Division I state runnerup Kennedale. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Kennedale.

Northwest plays hosts to Little Elm. Bridgeport welcomes Pilot Point. Paradise travels to Sadler to play S&S Consolidated. Boyd takes on Nocona at home. Chico heads to Petrolia. Alvord opens at home with Electra.

Now that football is here, can we have cooler weather?

Labor Day

#2 3-DAY WEEKEND

Cheers to the American worker. Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 3, which means many people get the day off. (High-five!)

Labor Day was created in the late 1800s at the height of the Industrial Revolution when working conditions were poor and child labor was rampant. Labor unions were created, and they began organizing strikes and rallies, some of which turned violent.

On Sept. 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

It was made a federal holiday in 1894 and today symbolizes the last hurrah of summer.

Boyd Football

#3 BEST OF THE BEST

In Texas, Friday Night heroes that capture state titles become legendary figures with their accomplishments etched in stone.

Well, that is now literally the case in Boyd, where the state champion football teams from 1983 and 2004 and the 1958 regional champions have monuments just outside the north end zone.

Boyd ISD will have public unveiling of the three monuments before the kickoff of the Yellowjackets’ season opener against Nocona Friday. There will be a meal and reception for players and coaches from those teams at 5:30 p.m. in the Boyd High School cafeteria.

Will they need another monument soon?

Hunting Season

#4 WILD LIFE

It’s happy season for hunters and fishermen.

Sept. 1 is a big day for Wise County outdoorsmen. Dove season starts, and the fishing regulations change on Lake Bridgeport. The 14- to 18-inch slot length limit changes to a 14-inch minimum length limit. Daily bag will remain at five fish.

The change in length limit frees fishermen up, but it will also likely draw more fishermen and large tournaments to the lake. Brace yourself.

Taste of Wise

#5 FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD

The 8th Annual Taste of Wise is 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center.

For only $10, you’ll sample food, drinks and appetizers from restaurants across the county. There will also be live entertainment, door prizes and cash giveaways.

The event is split into two different sessions: 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. To buy 5 p.m. tickets, go to wcmess.com/taste5. To buy 7 p.m. tickets, go to wcmess.com/taste7. You can also buy tickets at the door.

Entertainment is Judi Conger, Dakota Burns, Jerry and Lisa Burnett, and Brandon Gentry.

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