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Mabank Western Week celebration to kick off


David Webb is a veteran journalist who has written for the mainstream and alternative media for three decades. He is now a freelancer who lives in the Cedar Creek Lake area.

Mabank Western Week 2017 gets underway June17.

It kicks off with the annual CASI Chili Cook-Off at the Mabank Pavilion Saturday, June 17, at 9 a.m. Beans go to the judges at noon, and chili tasting starts at 1 p.m.

The Rodeo Queen Rehearsal will be at the Alene and Andrew Gibbs Memorial Rodeo Arena with all the nominees present Monday, June 19, at 7 p.m. The Queens Dinner will be held B-n-R restaurant Wednesday, June 21, at 7 p.m.

Game Night will be at Mabank Pavilion, Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. Activities will include bed races, boot toss, wagon races and stick-horse gallop.

The first night of the rodeo will be at the arena Friday, June 23, at 8 p.m. The Western Week Parade will begin Saturday, June 24, at 4 p.m. starting at the arena, proceeding through Historic Downtown Mabank and back to the arena. Line-up begins at 3 p.m.

The rodeo continues after the parade, will feature the rodeo queen and court, floats and horseback riders.

Rodeo events will include calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback ranch bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding, bareback riding and calf scrambles.

For information call 903-880-3858.

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FAIR. Water lightly stained; 60–62 degrees, 2.30’ low. Largemouth bass continue to be fair on Carolina rigged creature baits, plastic worms, and buzz baits along the Caney Creek flats on the southeast end of the lake. Hybrid stripers are good with Rat–L–Traps matching the baitfish throughout the lake and moving with schools. Crappie are good on pink and white jigs around large docks and structures. Catfish are good on cut shad, dough bait, and stinkbait over corks. Trotlines are good with live bait, especially on the southeastern fingers. High winds have made some days difficult.