Local Events

Pioneer Day Pageant sign-up begins
The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce has opened registration for its 2019 Miss, Jr. Miss and Lil’ Miss Pioneer Day Pageant.
The event will be held Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. in the Whitney Independent School District Auditorium, located at 305 South San Jacinto Street.
Registration is open for the categories of Miss (ages 15-19), Jr. Miss (ages 10-14) and Lil’ Miss (ages 5-9). Contestants must be a student or resident of Hill or Bosque counties to qualify.
The pageant aims to build self-esteem, discipline, poise, character, patience, communication skills, self-image, confidence and public speaking skills.
The winners will represent the chamber and the community at the annual Pioneer Days festival and at other chamber events.
Entry forms can be picked up at the chamber office, located at 106 North Colorado Street in Whitney, or at Qwik Pack & Ship, located at 1008 East Jefferson in Whitney.
Tickets to the pageant are available for $5, and student/senior tickets are $3. Children under five will be admitted free of charge.
For more information, call Janice Sanders at 254-694-2540.


Chamber planning second annual cook-off, car show
The second annual barbecue cook-off and “summer bash” car and truck show will be held by the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, at Whitney Resorts.
Cook-off competitors will arrive Friday, July 5, and compete in the categories of beans, chicken, pork spare ribs and brisket.
The cook-off is held in conjunction with the International Bar-B-Que Cookers Association.
On Saturday, July 6, the Whitney Rascals will host a car and truck show benefiting the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.
Car show pre-registration is $20, and registration will be $25 the day of the event.
There will be a 50/50 drawing, free giveaways and numerous classes of competition.
Car show entry starts at 9 a.m. with spectator voting from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Trophies will be presented at 3 p.m.
To sign up for the car show ahead of time, visit http://www.whit neyrascals.com.
Whitney Resorts is located at 255 Sun Country Drive in Whitney.
For more information, or to sign up for the cook-off, contact Chamber Executive Secretary Janice Sanders at 254-694-2540.


Auditions to open for LWA Oz parody
Lake Whitney Arts will conduct auditions for “Wizard of Oz – The Deleted Scenes” by Eddie McPherson on Monday, June 24, and Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m.
Did you ever think about what would have happened if Dorothy didn’t immediately follow the yellow brick road?
In this show, she is offered an alternate route to the wizard’s front door in the form of a mysterious map. It takes her to the Mediocre Wizard of the South Swamp.
This is a clever parody that is fun for all.
The theatre is located at 500 South Bosque (Highway 22) in Whitney and the box office may be reached at 254-694-5105. The show runs August 9-11.
Those auditioning must be between the ages of 8 and 18.  Visit http://www.lakewhitneyarts.org for additional information.


Amateur radio campout, field day to be held at LW Library
Lake Whitney Amateur Radio Society will participate in American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, at Lake Whitney Public Library.
ARRL Field Day is a time when more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs to operate from remote locations.
They hold a picnic, campout, informal contests and practice for emergencies while having fun.
Often called “ham radio,” the radio service has been around for a century. During that time, it has grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communication technology.
Participants range from children to grandparents who enjoy learning how to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to places near and far without depending on commercial systems.
Ham radio operators are well known for their communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
The library is located at 602 East Jefferson. For information, contact Chris at 214-505-1089.