5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, June 30, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, June 30, 2018

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Big Cat


Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my!

And also ocelots, cheetahs and bobcats, among others. See these beautiful animals and more during Wishlist Weekend at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd.

Bring one item on the sanctuary’s wishlist and tour the facility for free. Tours are 11 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Children must be at least 7 years old to participate in the tour.

Wishlist items include water hoses, cleaning supplies, fresh produce, unsalted peanuts, office supplies, toilet paper and maintenance supplies.

Want to know more about IEAS, its animals and mission? Go to

Still Waters


With most Fourth of July events this weekend, you may be left wondering what to do on Wednesday.

Head down to Still Waters Retreat in Springtown for their all-day celebration, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast and flag retirement ceremony, followed by a fishing contest, car show, bingo, salute to veterans, apple pie contest and swimming.

Admission is $10 per carload. For entry forms to the various contests, go to

The venue is at 403 County Road 3672.

John Hancock


Not your John Hancock, THE John Hancock.

Come see the original transcript of a 242-year-old letter dated July 4, 1776, from John Hancock to the Maryland convention ordering their military to go to Philadelphia and defend “the common cause.”

The letter will be on display 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, 812 Halsell Street. Stop by and add an educational element to your Independence Day celebration.

Roy Cooper


Roy Cooper’s 34th Annual World Championship Jr. Calf Roping is Wednesday through Saturday at the NRS Events Center.

The action starts at 9 a.m. every day with the following divisions over the course of the event: 10 and under boys and girls breakaway; 12 and under boys and girls breakaway; 12 and under tiedown; 15 and under tiedown; 15 and under girls breakaway; 19 and under girls breakaway; women’s open breakaway; and 19 and under tiedown. The 2018 tie-down winner receives use of an NRS trailer for one year.

For more information about the event and late entries, go to The events center is at 309 CR 4288 in Decatur.

Grass Fire


Local fireworks shows are this weekend, meaning folks are left to their own spectacular devices July 4.

Two words of advice: Be careful.

Although Wise County did not ban fireworks, citizens are urged to use extreme caution. The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which measures the wildfire potential by taking into account the soil moisture, is at 614. Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell said earlier this week “conditions are dangerous.” He noted anything above 575 is extremely dry.

Fireworks are prohibited at Wise County Park, the LBJ National Grasslands and on roadways, as well as in most cities, except Newark, Aurora and Paradise.

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