What you might have missed: April 17-19
April 20, 2015 at 8:02 a.m.
Updated April 20, 2015 at 8:02 a.m.
Bullriders and cowgirl chicks took over the Longview Rodeo Arena for the 25th Longview PRCA Rodeo. Gladewater celebrated its history with Gusher Days. Folks braved the threat of rain to take their canoes and kayaks out on Caddo Lake. A man earned his diploma 57 years after leaving LeTourneau University. The announcement that a new restaurant is planned for Longview created a buzz on Facebook. Did you tune out this weekend? If so, here's some of what you missed in East Texas:
Ropin', ridin' on a big anniversary
The 25th anniversary of the Longview PRCA Rodeo brought with it the addition of a new Chicks N Chaps event offering women a chance to learn about riding and roping themselves. Proceeds from the event go directly to women in the Longview area who are fighting cancer.
The event was among all types of activity at the arena this weekend as bullriders, cowboys and cowgirls provided intense entertainment for those in attendance.
And on Saturday night, Longview's own Neal McCoy stopped by to sing the National Anthem.
Click here for final results from all of this weekend's events.
Gladewater marks 30 years of Gusher Days
Downtown Gladewater was awash with visitors Saturday as the East Texas Gusher Days celebrated its 30th anniversary.
"It's a celebration of 'yesterday's' era for us," said event Vice President Christian Allen.
"During the oil boom, Gladewater went from a town of a few hundred to thousands overnight."
Caddo Lake Earth Day Regatta
A little rain Saturday morning didn't stop dedicated paddlers from coming out to Caddo Lake to celebrate the fourth annual Caddo Lake Earth Day Paddling Regatta and take in the scenery of the featured trails.
Three paddling trails, Old Folk's Playground, Turtle Shell and Cathedral, were highlighted this year, giving paddlers the chance to enjoy the scenery and nature.
For any enthusiasts (like my friend Pete Wright in the picture above), here's a link to a gallery of more photos from the event.
A diploma delayed
An 80-year-old Gordon Fenner received his degree from LeTourneau University this past weekend — 57 years after he left the institution.
"I had all the classes I needed and didn't realize it, so I never received my diploma," Fenner of Longview said Friday during a diploma presentation at the university's Belcher Center. "I guess now I can go out and get me a real job."
This Hallsville man is a bigger NASCAR fan than you
Brian Brown is a NASCAR fan, and he recently received quite the honor for being one. Brown, of Hallsville, was awarded the 2015 NASCAR Control Tower Fan of the Year earlier this month.
3 new eateries in the works for Longview
Facebook was abuzz Sunday with news that a BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is in the works at the site of the Payless ShoeSource north of the Longview Mall.
Two other eateries are also being planned, but the names of those two have not yet been released. Check back with us for developments on those.