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  • HeritageFall 2015

    Azle News Springtown Epigraph

    Texas Trick

    RopersFinding a

    lost forest

    A tour of local


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    16 The Last Horse Ropers On the CoverOn the Cover

    A father and son team the Durhams of Azle are keeping an Old West tradition alive.

    24 Where are we now?Good luck IDing these close-up photos 2 each from Lake Worth, Springtown, and Azle.

    8 Is Milk Good for You? e pros and cons of milk consumption and a replacement recipe.

    6 Fall FestivalsGet ready for big fun with shindigs in Azle, Springtown, and Lake Worth.

    4 Lost Maples SNANortheast fall color in southwest Texas.

    34 Cooking HeritageNothing says autumn like pumpkins!

    10 Winery Tour No. 1 A retired doctors local wine history sent him all the way to Austin to change the law.

    High-fl ying antics ensue when trick roper Kenneth Durham gets going hes shown here in the mid-dle of a wedding loop trick. This photo and cover by Misty Shaw

    2015 Azle News

    Heritage Magazine is published quarterly as a supplement to the Azle News and Springtown Epigraph.The entire content of each issue of Heritage Magazine is protected under the Federal Copyright Act. Reproduction of

    any portion of any issue is expressly forbidden without the prior written consent of the publisher.321 W. Main St. Azle, TX 76020, 817.270.3340

    30 Here we are now!Answers to the quiz on Page 24.

    26 Calendar of EventsFall means a slew of activities in every town!

    20 Winery Tour No. 2Elegant and approachable, you wont nd another winery anywhere like LightCatcher.

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    Travel | Heritage

    Lost Maples SNAForget the Northeast see brilliant fall foliage right here in Texas

    By Mark K. CampbellWant to see some incredible tree color this au-

    tumn?You dont have to head to the Northeast; in fact,

    you need to head southwest.The trees in Lost Maples State Natural Area ex-

    plode in color in October and November.Naturally, some years are better than others, but

    even in down seasons, the beauty never fails to amaze those who think Vermont when they think fall.

    Its a trek over 320 miles but youll witness something seldom seen in Texas: bona fide au-tumn splendor.

    With the clear, cool, spring-fed Sabinal River coursing past camping areas, Lost Maples offers plenty to do if you venture there in the summer-time, too.

    Plus the incredibly popular Garner State Park is nearby, so Lost Maples gets plenty of visitors in winter, spring, and summer.

    But its fall when Lost Maples gets so popular that, even with 250 parking spaces, it literally has to limit entry at times.

    Things begin ramping up in October when the Texas Parks and Wildlife website begins its weekly online update with photos on the turn-ing of the leaves.

    The park is usually at its most brilliant around Thanksgiving for residents of the area, visiting on that holiday is a family tradition.

    However, every year is different.Last fall, a cold front hit in early November, giv-

    ing the leaves the jolt they needed to turn.One wonder of Lost Maples is that hiking trails

    some rugged along limestone cliffs and canyons and others through plateau meadows allow the adventurous to see sights that casual visitors will not.

    The East Trail is especially popular. A 3.8-mile jaunt labeled challenging on the map offers two scenic overlooks, perfect for enchanting breaks.

    The one-half mile longer West Trail is also challenging as it ventures into Mystic Canyon; a moderate loop of 2.37 miles off West Trail heads to a remote Ashe juniper grove.

    For those seeking less strenuous outings, a pair of one-mile, easy trails offer ample color and shade.

    And, in exceptional years, there is a stunning array of chang-ing leaves to see everywhere.

    Aside from the maples which include the unique Uvalde big-tooth several oaks and other species change color around the

    Opportunities for hiking, camping, and leaf-peeping abound at Lost Maples State Natural Area in the Texas Hill Country. The best fall color in the park is found along the East Trail. Photo by Misty Shaw

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    same time, too.Park officials recommend fall visitors try to arrive on a

    weekday; otherwise, on weekends, you might have a wait to get in.

    The entrance fee is $6 daily for ages 13 and up.For those not staying in nearby Utopia (15 miles) or Ban-

    dera (38 miles), campsites are available in the park.There are 30 with electricity and water ($20 nightly) and

    40 more primitive (hike-in) campsites ($10).Reservations can be made online at www.tpwd.texas.

    gov and theres plenty more information about Lost Maples there, too. Just click on Texas State Parks.

    Geocachers will be glad to know the park has two hidden caches, part of the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge.

    Birdwatchers might spy rare species, including the green kingfisher. And animal lovers might see a bobcat or jave-lina.

    However, its the autumn leaves that are the stars.So head southwest, not northeast, for some memorable

    fall foliage and try to remember youre in Texas, not Ver-mont.

    Take a stroll along the scenic banks of the Sabinal River, which flows through the heart of Lost Maples SNA. Photos by Misty Shaw

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    Outdoors | Heritage

    Fall FestivalsBy Misty Shaw

    Ahh, autumn!Its the season of sweater weather, all things pumpkin, and

    of course, the areas annual fall festivals.Offering everything from steak cook-offs to bullfrog races,

    these local celebrations have a little something for everyone, so bring the whole family and come hungry!

    Sting Fling 2015Sept. 11-12 in Azle

    Hornet fans will gather on Main Street in Azle this fall for the annual Sting Fling Festival, slated for Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    The event is coordinated by the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce (AACC).

    This years Sting Fling will be hosted in the business district of downtown Main Street, said AACC Executive Director Beth Crowe. All of our white tent booths will be lined up and down the center of Main Street from Roe Street to Church Street, with a free childrens area at the entrance to Central Park.

    Sting Fling offers amusements galore, including midway rides and other activities that start on Friday, Sept. 11.

    We have the well-known travelling carnival, Talley Amusements, showing up to the front of 404 Main Place to keep things fun and energetic on Friday and Saturday, Crowe said.

    This years event also features a steak cook-off competi-tion officially sanctioned by the national Steak Cookoff As-sociation (SCA).

    We will have the SCA steak cook-off in our field teas-ing everyone with the aromas from their grills, Crowe said, and the winner of the Azle SCA Steak Cook-Off will qualify for the 2015 SCA World Steak Cookoff held at Billy Bobs, where Gary Allen will be headlining the event.

    Sting Fling features all the usual festival staples such as food vendors, face painters, first aid and informational booths, a car show and a photo booth, as well as the Weiner Dog Derby, a flight simulator, and the Color Fling 5K.

    And in the evening, head over to the Central Park amphi-

    theater for live music from 7-9 p.m.Its going to be an incredible year for the Sting Fling

    Festival, said Crowe. The committee works really hard to bring Azle the best, and I think theyve really outdone them-selves this year.

    For more information, visit www.azlechamber.com/Azle-Sting-Fling.84.0.html.

    The 31st Annual Wild West Festival and16th Annual BBQ Cook-Off

    Sept. 19 in Springtown

    Brought to you by the Springtown Area Chamber of Com-merce, this years Wild West Festival and BBQ Cook-off promises to be the biggest and best yet.

    The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, in downtown Springtown.

    More than 200 arts and crafts and informational vendors will take over the Square downtown and Springtown City Park for the annual celebration, which also includes a parade and live entertainment under the Tabernacle.

    Food vendors will be on hand dispensing tasty festival sta-ples like turkey legs, sausage on a stick, kettle corn, cotton candy, and of course, funnel cakes.

    And teams of cooks will be vying for top honors in the BBQ Cook-Off, an event sanctioned by the International Barbecue Cookers Association.

    Keep the kids entertained in the park with puppet shows, pony rides, a bounce house, an obstacle course, and much more throughout the day.

    Musical performers include local favorites Faye Rowell (singing classics from Patsy Cline) and Wisper Cox, as well as the 20-piece brass ensemble The Buffalo Bill Cowboy Band.

    In addition, the Legends of Texas Gunfighters will return to wow festivalgoers with Western gunfights and comedy skits.

    Last years popular Beard Contest will again be a part of the festivities, as will the Wild West Jail fundraiser operated by National Honor Society students from Springtown High School.

    For more information, visit www.wildwestfestival.org.

    Steak cook-offs, gunfights, and bullfrog races whats not to love?

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