by Bobby J. Wheat
Chambers County Historical Commission Chairman


This coming Saturday, June 9th the Chambers County Historical Commission’s 175th Celebration of the “Battle of Fort Anahuac” will take place at Fort Anahuac Park, Anahuac, Texas.

175 years ago, the Colonists took a stand against oppression, and their stand in Anahuac in June of 1832, fanned the flames that led to “Battles for Texas Independence”. This stand gave Anahuac the distinction of being known as “The Cradle of Texas Independence”.

A Grand Parade will begin at 9:00 a.m., at the Anahuac Courthouse on Washington Street, turning out on South Main Street, and proceeding to Fort Anahuac Park. Festivities will begin about 10:00 a.m.

The Anahuac High School Band under the direction of Kevin Heckaman, will start the festivities with the tune, “From Anahuac To San Jacinto”. Master of Ceremonies Bob Wheat will introduce the speakers, Parade King Judge Jimmy Sylvia, Parade Queen Alma Lois Turner, Commissioner Judy Edmonds, Proffessor James B. Sterling III’s East Gate Brass Ensemble, Kevin Ladd, and the Guest Speaker, the Honorable Sam Houston IV. Tommy Willcox will follow, narrating the events at Anahuac in 1832 that led to the Confrontation at the Fort, enacted by members of the Royal Rangers and volunteers.

A Live Auction will follow, containing several interesting items (including the winning bid to shave Sheriff Joe LaRive and Commissioner Mark Huddleston), the results of the silent auction, the Costume contest, the Beard contest, and the Judges’ decisions of the winners of the Contests. Trophies will be awarded to the Best Float, the Most Original Float, Best Non-Float Entry, Best Costume men and women, Neatest Beard, and the Most Scruffy Beard.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this historic event, enjoy the festivities, enter the contests, eat good food, good ice cream, refreshing snow cones, see the craft booths, exhibitions, and even the kids picture taken sitting on a Longhorn Steer.

The Historical Commission will offer for sale its colorful “Collectors 175 Celebration Afghan”, a 48” x 68” tapestry depicting old Historic Buildings of the County. They are truly collectors items and retail for $65.00, tax included. Better get yours early before supplies are gone.

Come on out, join in the fun, walk the ground that William Barrett Travis and other Texas Heroes walked, and make this event a memorable experience. Admission is FREE, -- Remember, Saturday 9th, 2007 – SEE YOU THERE!

Article Posted June 5, 2007

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