Category: Chambers County Texas
Santa is making a stop in Old River-Winfree on Saturday, December 14th at the Community Building (flyer below).
Kids get to give their Christmas Lists to Santa, get their picture taken with him, and receive a gift right there!
There will be pizza, cookies, and a drink, along with Mark’s Mobile Music providing the Christmas music we all love.
Miss Old River Country Natural Beauty Pageant Winners will also be there to meet and greet everyone.
It’s all free and Sponsored by the City of Old River-Winfree!
Until the last soldier or marine comes home, ORWFD 5K Run/Walk will support the Wounded Warrior Project and the Pfc Wesley Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund.
You can still donate to the WWP and the Scholarship Fund at: http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Donations.html
If you look hard, you will see Commissioner Rusty Senac and Old River-Winfree Councilwoman, Jackie Johnson running or walking to support our Veterans! You will also see the Family of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs, Daniel Riggs, Vickie Riggs, and Brian Riggs.
Special thanks to Bob Botto, Race Manager, Tracie Comeaux, Shane Brand, Kiel Williams, Linda Murphy, Colleen Fontenot, among a few for organizing the race.
Thanks to the best hosts around, Barbers Hill Independent School District.
Barbers Hill Bank supports and continues to support, four years running, ORWFD, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Scholarship Fund by paying all expenses incurred with their $5000 Sponsorship!
We finally got it up!
This roadside mural was done by Ken “The Dauber” Pridgeon 5 years ago.
Ken painted this mural for ORWFD when the idea for the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs was just a vision in my mind.
How awesome is this! It has been a long time coming and we are SO proud of it.
Please, see Boyce Morris, Jr. to find out what that mural is about and the rich history he has accumulated for us.
Old River-WInfree really is a historic town. We are getting there. Come see it at Old River-Winfree Founders Day October 12, 2013.
Boyce will have artifacts and our rich history on display October 11th and 12th, Friday and Saturday. He was setting up today and he has a lot of new items for you to see!
God Bless you Ken and Boyce!
Special thanks to Linda Johnson Murphy and her brother for getting this up free of charge!
We welcome you to Old RIver-Winfree Founders Day 2013 with a look at the last 4 years. We hope you enjoy a look back and come to the 2013 ORWFD.
Absolutely FREE Carnival Rides and games! Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall; Portrait of a Warrior, Ken Pridgeon; Jean Epperson, Published Author of Bay Area History; Boyce Morris, Jr. Historical Old River-Winfree Artifacts; Vendors Galore, Miss Old River Country Pageant; “My Best Friend” Dog Contest; Pie, Cake, Cupcake Bakeoff and auction; Vintage Car and Truck Contest at R&L Auto Supply, and lots of fun!
Enjoy the video!
While you are at ORWFD, be sure and visit the Hospitality Room in the ORW Community Building. Chairman Tracie Comeaux will be on hand with fresh coffee, while you stroll around the exhibits of Boyce Morris, Jr. ORWFD Historian! Below is a sampling of the Historical Artifacts of our area Boyce has, through his on blood, sweat, and tears, brought up from the ground surrounding the Old River. You will want to see this! Thanks Boyce for all you do!
You will be amazed at what Boyce has discovered about our history in Old River-Winfree and the Beauty of the river that runs through us, Old River.
We are unique in our name, our heritage, and our bond to each other. Old River and Winfree, Texas come see your history!
A Tribute to those who have run and will run/walk on October 5th.
We want you to know that every time your foot touches the ground, every time you shed a drop of sweat, every time you take a labored breath, and sometimes, every time you shed a tear, you are extending your hand to help a Wounded Warrior stand tall and honoring the one that “gave all”. God Bless you!
We Salute you! Hooah!
Seeing the video below, have you registered to run, make a donation, or bought a t-shirt. Now’s your time. Go to the link below and scroll down. We will NEVER forget the sacrifice all of our men and women, along with their families, have made to keep us free. We will NEVER forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice. Not here in Small Towns USA! Join us!
On a Friday Evening, October 12, 2012, community dog lovers gathered for the “My Best Friend” Dog Contest. This year, the Dog Contest will be on Saturday and is sure to be a good time for both dog and “friend”!
They entered into the following Categories:
Category (check one or more) $5.00 ea category
_________ Best Trick (Talent)
_________ Best Dressed
_________ Best Tail Wagging (Personality)
_________ “Caught in the Act” Photo Contest (simple
camera pictures are fine)
Each dog is divided into Small, Medium, and Large Breeds, so everyone stands to win!
We had some really interesting entries last year. A couple of the dogs were rescued dogs and one, the Black Lab, understood commands in German!
Why this fun, cheap to enter, dog contest……Read below:
They are the ones that greet us at the door; the ones that are in the back yard yapping up a storm, jumping for joy, and dancing around just because we are home, finally.
They guard our children, our homes, our lives; and let us know when danger is around real or perceived by them.
They help us to remember our childhood; those days of carefree abandon. Before we knew the world was not always nice.
We are so busy and caught up in our lives; but look down into their eyes and see such love, unconditional love, loyalty, and devotion even though sometimes we forget to let them out and shame them because they potty on the floor. Sometimes their food bowl goes empty a little too long and we wonder why they are gnawing on the furniture. We forget to fill their water bowl and wonder why they drink out of the toilet.
Sometimes forgotten in the back yard, they stand vigil for us, their family.
Enjoy the video of some of our entrants and winners! It was so much fun for everyone!
Go to the Events Page on Old River-Winfree Founders Day Website, scroll down to the Dog Contest, click on the Form page, save and print.
On October 12, 2013 Old River-Winfree Founders Day and the Community of Old River-Winfree welcomes back the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall.
This traveling wall is the only one of it’s kind featuring a tribute to each 20th Century war with the numbers of Heroic Warriors lost and the Heroic who fought for Freedom with them.
Each war is featured on it’s Wall beautifully and artistically etched in stone up to the pictorial account of each and every Texas Hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan Theaters of War.
The wall ,when put together, is huge and an extremely moving tribute to those who died for our freedom.
For ORWFD to host the wall for a second year is amazing as you don’t see it in Liberty or Chambers Counties. This is a perfect opportunity for you and your family.
The family of the local businesses of A-Automotive and Kwik Kar Oil & Lube are champions of Freedom and those who fight for it. Our Veterans, our Military (whether they are serving or stand ready to serve) are always in their hearts and thoughts.
The Wall has grown since it was last at the 2011 ORWFD. It will be a reminder of those lost and those who will never be forgotten! It is so big that we will have the Old River-Winfree City Hall parking lot blocked off from traffic just to hold the wall and Ken “The Dauber” Pridgeon of Portrait of a Warrior Gallery.
When Chris of A-Automotive was asked, he immediately said “Yes, by all mean Yes”.
ORWFD is proud to stand with A -Automotive and Kwik Kar to honor these fine men and women!
A must see and Bring Your Cameras! It is something to behold!
Great trophies, great food and an overall great time! As with everything at Old River-Winfree Founders Day family event!
Boyce Morris, Jr. was born in Louisiana, and raised on a farm in Mississippi, Moved to Texas in 1971, and in 1976 move to Old River Winfree. Throughout his school years he was interested in History more than any other subject. All his life he has enjoyed searching for historical artifacts, relics, and Indian artifacts. He has owned metal detectors most of his life, and spent time doing what he likes to do.
He loves to share his finds with others, so they can see, and enjoy what was a part of our past, and history. He has dreamed of being on a battle field from the past wars, and seeing what was left behind. When he was drafted into the service his dream came true. He was stationed in Korea on the DMZ where the Korean war was fought. The bunkers, tanks, and much more that was in his dreams was there.
He worked at Shell Chemical in Deer Park, Texas where he retired after thirty four years. Now he can spend time with his Wife, and three daughters, Kimberly, Rebecca (Becky), and Karen. He has five wonderful grandchildren, Trenton, Samantha, Jordan, Emily, and Ean. He is a member of Eagle Heights Fellowship church in Mt. Belvieu Texas.
Texas Navy Button
Value: $1,750 +
Time was when the land now known as the Lone Star state was literally another country – the Republic of Texas – and from 1836 to 1846 it defended its sovereignty with an army, navy, and marine corps. Boyce Morris, Jr. has the relics to prove it. “Back in October, I had an urge to go hunting at a site that has yielded many Republic of Texas items to me. Not only do I have the owner’s permission, but he has given me the exclusive freedom to detect the property. I had no idea that this area was so full of history, but nearly every time I go, something shows up.” On this visit, that “something” was a rare Republic of Texas Navy button. “It was a weak signal, really deep, and in a spot I’ve searched many times. Somehow I’d just missed it. It was the thrill of my life to find such a significant historical relic!” In addition to continuing his work in the field, Boyce looks forward to sharing his discoveries with other later this year, and in years to come. “In July 2009, there will be a Founders Day Celebration for our small city of Old River-Winfree, Texas. I will be there as an ambassador with my collection on exhibit. Maybe one day there will be a museum build, and then my collection can be placed in it for everyone to enjoy as I have.”
Old River-Winfree, Texas is a town heaped in History and Tradition. Founders Day commemorates and celebrates the founding of our community, promotes cooperation and volunteerism in the community, generates community spirit and recreation, and enhances the economic welfare of the town.
July 1979, Old River-Winfree was incorporated joining the two towns of Old River (North of Old River Bridge) and Winfree (South of Old River Bridge). This incorporation declared independence against the threat of further taxation.
Old River-Winfree Founders Day celebrates not just the original settlers from the early 1800’s, but also, that independent spirit of those that gathered on that hot July day to band together and incorporate the towns of Old River and Winfree. This is part of the heritage and pride of our town.
Also, the entry form for the October 5th event.
The 2013 ORWFD Schedule of Events on October 12, 2013 is also below. Two days worth of Fun!
We need Veterans to mark the course with flags at the October 5th 5K Run/Walk Event at Barbers Hill Stadium. If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran please let them know about this. They can sit, stand, whatever with a flag. The flag can be our American Flag, the Flag of the Military Branch of Service, Texas Flag, POW Flag. Chairs will not be provided but are welcome if you man the course.
God Bless America!