5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, February 24, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, February 24, 2018

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The 66th annual Wise County Youth Fair kicks off Monday.

The contests and shows run through Saturday morning. (A complete schedule ran in the Feb. 21 edition of All Around Wise.) Shows are held at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur with the exception of the horse show at the NRS arena and a public speaking contest at Weatherford College Wise County.

The fair features FFA, 4-H and FCCLA members from across the county, all excited to exhibit their projects and share their stories with folks new to the county fair experience. Other highlights include the queen’s contest Monday night, the Heart of a Champion show Friday afternoon and the auction Saturday afternoon.

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The finals for The American – the world’s richest one-day rodeo – are Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The event is a treat for rodeo fans because amateurs compete with a mixture of top athletes from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA).

There is no other event where pros from all three organizations compete head-to-head.

Tickets are still available or you can watch it from the comfort of your couch on RFD-TV, starting at 2 p.m. The pre-show is at 1.

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Celebrate your local school district Feb. 26-March 2.

Next week is Texas Public Schools Week, a recognition established in 1950 by the Freemasons to encourage a collaboration of Texas citizens to support the public school system and revive interest in education.

Many school districts are holding special events, like open houses, to welcome the public to their campuses and celebrate the event.

Check with your child’s school to see what fun events are planned and better yet, take this time to thank the teachers, staff and administrators who have made the biggest impact on your family.

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The Wise County Messenger is hosting a free, two-hour class Sunday with award-winning photographer Joe Duty on How to Shoot Youth Sports.

The session will include tips and tricks, plus provide insight on how Duty captures the action and emotion of every game, whether it be little league or a varsity state championship.

The class is 2 to 4 p.m. at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St.

Don’t miss it!

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Texas turns 182 on Friday.

March 2 is Texas Independence Day, which celebrates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico at Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1836. Fifty-nine delegates signed the declaration written by George Childress. Just four days after the declaration, the rebellion looked to be short lived as the Mexican army under Santa Anna stormed the Alamo. But six weeks later, the Texans under the direction of General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s forces to win Texas’ independence as a sovereign nation. Texas elected Houston its first president, and it remained a nation for nine years before joining the United States in 1845.

Celebrate the right way with some cold Shiner Bock or Dr Pepper, good barbecue and spin some Gary P. Nunn, Willie Nelson and Pat Green records.

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