5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, September 1, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, September 1, 2018

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United Way


The United Way of Wise County will start its annual fall fundraising drive Thursday with the kick off at the Decatur Conference Center.

The annual celebration will start at 10:30 a.m. with guests getting a chance to visit booths and learn about the 30 partner agencies in the county the United Way helps to support. Lunch will be served and Wise County Judge J.D. Clark will give the key note speech.

The United Way’s goal this year is to raise $450,000.

Let’s all pitch in and help out. Remember, every dollar donated stays in the county to help local organizations.



The Alvord Watermelon Festival, a longtime local favorite, is Friday and Saturday at Elm Creek Park.

The festivities kick off with a live broadcast on The Ranch 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. There’s also 42, cornhole and washer tournaments, plus a barbecue cookoff and steak challenge Friday night.

On Saturday, veterans will serve breakfast 6 to 10 a.m. for donations, and there’s a watermelon pageant at 10 a.m. The rest of the day will include an antique car show, bingo, live music, the Mike Watts Memorial Fish Fry and of course, more cornhole and washers.

There will be bounce houses in the kids zone, and vendors set up all day.

Prayer Walk


Parents, grandparents and friends of Decatur ISD will walk to each campus next Friday to pray over students and staff.

This is the 10th Annual Decatur Prayer Walk, and all are welcome. Come with an open heart, a comfy pair of shoes and drinking water. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. at Carson Elementary. From there, it goes to Decatur High School, the intermediate school, McCarroll Middle School, Rann Elementary and then Young.

CrossRoads Church will provide childcare, but you must register in advance. To do so, go to the Decatur Prayer Walk Facebook page for the link.



Celebrate grandma and grandpa next weekend on Grandparents Day, Sept. 9.

Started in 1978, the day was declared by President Jimmy Carter to honor grandparents, and every year the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going.

The best gift you can give your grandparents is time. Take them out to lunch on this special day, go to the movies or wet a hook. In today’s fast-paced world, we all benefit from slowing down and spending time with family.



Cool off after dark at Northwest OHV Park next weekend.

The park, along with Bridgeport Parks and Recreation, is hosting an all-night ride Sept. 8 into Sept. 9, a twist on their usual off-road fare. The park will open at 8 a.m. Sept. 8 and remain open until 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Cost is the daily fee, plus $15 to stay Saturday night and Sunday.

The park is at 2914 S. State Highway 101 in Bridgeport.

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