Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend?
Well, weíve rounded up a whole host of area happenings that will keep you and your family busy during the threeóday holiday. As summer officially begins winding down, weíre giving you a list of our top ten favorite things going on throughout the area.
1. Check out the Texas Truck and Tractor Pullerís Association's pull at the Erath County Livestock Association Arena on Saturday. A pit party begins at 5:30 p.m., with the pull getting under way at 7:30 p.m. It might be loud, but it will be loads of fun. Admission is $5.
2. Hamilton's 36th Annual Dove Festival and Rodeo. Festivities start with a parade and continue all day long with activities for the young and young-at-heart. If you would like to participate in the parade or any part of the Dove Festival, call the Chamber of Commerce at 254-386-3216.
3. Night owls and animal loverís should consider Fossil Rim's "Discovery after Dark" from 6-9 p.m. tonight in Glen Rose, where you can learn about nocturnal animal adaptations, how animals use the night sky, and hear Native American stories. Go on a guided after-dark adventure that will feature both the exotic and native nocturnal wildlife. Cost is $45 per person, and includes admission to the scenic drive-through, which can be used the day of Discovery after Dark or the morning after (before 10 a.m.). Reservations are required. To register, or for more information, call 254-897-2960 ext. 312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. If you donít mind driving a little further for some fun, head to the Gaylord Resort in Grapevine, where there will be a "Pickin' for Preemies" March of Dimes benefit concert on Monday at the Glass Cactus. Performances begin at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. This year's confirmed line up of 16 artists include: Adam Hood, Kevin Fowler, Jason Boland, Radney Foster, Walt Wilkins, Brandon Rhyder, Josh Grider, Ryan Bingham, Sonny Burgess, Todd Fritsch, Zona Jones, Darren Kozelsky, and more.
5. Grab a bucket of chicken, load up the cooler with soft drinks and watch a movie outdoors at the Brazos Drive-In, where The Simpsons Movie and Live Free or Die Hard is showing. Show time is 8:30 p.m. Admission is $18 for both movies for a car of up to six people, and $3 per person over six, and $12 for single.
6. Like a good murder mystery? Then hop on a Riverboat Cruise in Granbury, where from 7:30-9:30 p.m. tonight, there will be an on-board Murder Mystery Cruise. There will also be a dinner cruise from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be a brunch cruise from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and an "Aloha to Summer" cruise from 5-7 p.m. All evening cruises will have live entertainment. On Monday, there will be a lunch cruise from noon to 2 p.m. with hot dogs and hamburgers. All cruises must have reservations, which can be made by calling (817) 279-8687. Happy sailing!
7. City Limits is having a free, all ages, outdoor show featuring Ten Mile Crossing. Gates open at 4 p.m. and bands start at 7 p.m. Chairs and blankets are allowed, but no outside food or drinks and no pets. The Ranch Radio will do a live remote from 5-7 p.m.
8. Summer is never compete without a picnic, so load up that basket and head to a place where dinosaurs used to roam. Dinosaur Valley State Park will be open with regular summer hours. Facilities include campsites with water and electric hook-ups, a picnic table, fire ring and/or grill; restrooms with showers. There are 12 miles of hike and bike trails. The park also has a day-use picnic area; a group picnic pavilion with picnic tables and a fireplace; a trailer dump station; an outdoor amphitheater; an interpretive center located in the headquarters, and a park store that sells dinosaur souvenirs, cold drinks and snacks. Fee is $5 per day, per person 13 and older.
9. What could be more fun than spending a day close to home, enjoying the beautiful Stephenville City Park? Pack a lunch, grab a Frisbee, or bat and ball, and head over to the park for a day of fun in the sun. The park is open every day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and has campsites with water and electric hook-ups, a pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, playgrounds and grills.
10. Arts and craft lovers take notice. The 3rd Annual Bluff Dale Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, across from the post office on Hwy 377. Proceeds from the event benefit the Bluff Dale Fire Department.