Your TCR Festival Invitation
I think most of us have a carnival, fair or festival somewhere in our memories; an event you remember fondly from your childhood, something from a time when life was somehow simpler…and maybe a lot more fun, too. That’s exactly what we were trying to create when we held the first Texas Country Reporter Festival at a Dallas historical park in the mid-1990s. We didn’t even call it a festival back then, but a reunion. That’s because we invited people that had appeared over the years on Texas Country Reporter (TCR), the regionally syndicated TV show we produce through our Phillips Productions group, a subsidiary of Phillips MediaSource. We saw it as a chance for those people who held in common the fact that they had been featured on the same television show starting in the early 1970s to meet one another…and a chance for people who were fans of the show to meet in person the folks they had seen on TV. That first year, more than 4-thousand people showed up to celebrate with us. Fast-forward about 18 years to the 2013 TCR Festival now held on the town square in Waxahachie, Texas. This is a movie set town and, in fact, more than 30 feature films have been shot here over the years. Its county courthouse is legendary and has quite a story behind it that I won’t go into here. On festival day, usually the last Saturday in October, we shut down the streets to anything but foot traffic and put on one heckuva show complete with great music, lots of arts and crafts vendors and really good “bad” food (no calories have been removed!) and last year more than 60 thousand people joined us for our little celebration. What are we celebrating? The same thing we celebrate every week on TCR: life and all that goes into it. TCR is a celebration of the everyday men and women that live some part of their lives in an extraordinary way. They are the passionate people we seek out and feature on the show every week and a bunch of them still come together for this festival every year, along with more than 200 other arts and crafts and food vendors. The result is a festival that just could be close to that one you remember from your childhood, that one that’s still there in the deepest recesses of your mind, that one you’d like go back and visit now that the years have made you appreciate it even more than you did back then. So consider this your personal invitation to visit us this year in Waxahachie on Saturday October 25th. It starts at 9 and wraps up about 7 and its grown to be the biggest one-day festival in the state. It’s pet friendly, kid friendly and FREE! If you only came for the food…or the music…or the arts and crafts…or to meet some really interesting folks, it would be well worth the 30 minute trip south of Dallas and Fort Worth. But we have all that and much, much more. It’s a trip back in time and it’s a trip I hope you’ll make on that special Saturday.