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The Texas Star Trail Riders are Coming to Town!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 24, 2009

Members of the Texas Star Trail Riders organization will be coming to town. Late afternoon on March 10, they will be arriving on 1623 about 3:00pm. Most of the125 members will be on horseback but you will want to watch for the wagons too. This will be the sixth year the Texas Star Trail Riders have come to Blanco.

And as in the past, riders and guests will be hosted by Chef Barby Harris O’Brien with the always requested Mexican Plate dinner and raffle. Live entertainment finds it way on stage and it all begins about 6:30 pm. The delicious dinner with all the trimmings and yummy desserts is available for the public by donation. And this year proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Blanco Cooks for the Cure.

The Original Texas Star Trail from Fredericksburg is an annual central Texas weeklong trail-riding event usually starting around the first weekend of March of each year. The ride traverses a route used by most of the settlers in the Texas hill country around the Fredericksburg, Texas area when they needed to go to the Texas capital in Austin. The trail covers areas that still have some of the original wagon tracks left by wagons of former travelers. The ride is a full reenactment of an authentic wagon train that came to this area in the days of its initial settlement, crossing some ranches that are still owned by the original families that settled them.

The ride leaves Fredericksburg Saturday morning and proceeds to Luckenbach, home of one of the oldest dance halls in Texas. An official Trail Ride dance is held for the riders in the dance hall with traditional music. On Sunday the ride proceeds to Stonewall with a camp at Woodrose Winery. A wine tasting and tours are given on the growing of some the best Texas Wines after the daylong ride. Chef Barby then serves a scrumptious evening meal as the dust settles, before the beginning of an early ride on Monday morning.

Riders will proceed down Ranch Road 1 along the banks of the Pedernales River through the ranch of our late President Lyndon B. Johnson. They will take a tour of the Texas White House on the ranch at the first morning break, and camp that evening in a very remote area south of the ranch.

Tuesday evening brings the traveling to the highest elevations through numerous ranches, separated only by cattle guards, eventually arriving in Blanco as the schools let out. They then parade around the court house before heading to Yett Park for a Mexican dinner with an auction/raffle and other entertainment. An early cattle call at 6 am on Wednesday morning sounds for a cowboy breakfast before heading down Highway 32 to Fisher, Texas.

Next, the ride goes to Cowboys for Jesus Church in Fisher Texas for a night of Christian entertainment in an authentic Cowboy Church. The next day, the trail proceeds to Wimberley with camp at the VFW Hall for another dance and a layover with a trail ride playday/ranch sorting in the Rodeo Arena. The last day of the trail ride brings the group to just outside of Austin in the community of Driftwood at Camp Ben McCullough.

The OTST is ridden each year by riders from at least eight different States and is one of the last true adventures in Texas today. More information and details of the trail can be found at

Local Blanconites are invited to come out to the park, visit with riders from everywhere and enjoy the fun, food and entertainment. Try your luck at the spinning wheel to win fabulous prizes!

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