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Remember When... A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 10, 2013 4:02 PM

October 12, 1988

Christmas Crafts Festival to Launch Holiday Season

On Saturday, November 12, 1988, the Gem of the Hills Organization is sponsoring the Christmas Crafts Festival in the Old Blanco County Courthouse from 10 am to 7 pm. This replaces the “Folklife Festival” of past years.

During the evening activities, the lights on the old Courthouse will be turned on as a part of the official lighting of the Christmas Season. The Chamber of Commerce plans to light the streets around the square. It is our hope that the merchants on the square will cooperate in this official lighting ceremony by having their lights in place and simultaneously lighting their buildings.

A full day of activities is planned, including Arts and Crafts booths, food concessions by local organizations, and entertainment throughout the day.

A special community program is scheduled for early evening. All of these activities are designed to attract lots of out of town visitors.

Therefore, we are encouraging the downtown merchants to remain open Saturday afternoon and plan special promotional activities. If the day is a success, then the plans are to make this an annual affair, which will benefit the merchants, civic, and school organizations through fund raising projects.

October 11, 1974

Tommy Cole Takes 1st Place in Drag Race

On Saturday, September 28, 1974, Tommy Cole took his 1960 Ford Falcon to Alamo Drag Raceway in San Antonio, where he won first place in his class. His best time was 15.52 seconds, which is approximately 97 miles per hour. This was Tommy’s first time on the track, but he plans to run his car on a regular basis.

His pit crew and mechanics consisted of Johnny Roman, Louis Garcia, Miguel Estrada, David Laumer, and Richard Cole.

At the present time, they are overhauling a 1964 S.S. Malibu which Richard hopes to take to the dragway soon.

The boys are assisted by Johnny Cole, Richard and Tommy’s father, but most of the work has been done by the six boys.

Drag racing is a sport shared by many throughout the world. This sport, when performed on a supervised strip, is encouraged by law enforcement agencies. A car cannot run on the track until it passes many safety tests.

This Week in World History

October 13, 1854

The State of Texas ratified a state constitution.

October 9, 1855

Joshua C. Stoddard receive a patent for his calliope.

October 14, 1926

The book “Winnie-the-Pooh” by AA Milne, made its debut.

October 11, 1975

“Saturday Night Live” was broadcast for the first time. George Carlin was the guest host.

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