Monday, November 20, 2017 / by Meagan Henry
On the Chisholm Trail In Georgetown TX
“These cattle know cameras,” one of the mounted horseman said as he rode up next to the crowd gathered behind the rope. Following on his heels were Gil Dean's Hollywood famous Longhorn herd, seen in movies (Alamo, Appaloosa, A Relative Stranger, and more!), T.V. shows (Texas Ranch House, Lonestar, Killer Women, Jimmy Kimmel Live), and various commercials. Volunteer cowboys drove the cattle up and down the San Gabriel River bank in the crowning event of Georgetown’s annual Chisholm Trail Days while crowds of people gathered to watch. And who was among the mounted horsemen? None other than our our own Russ Phillips! Though he now heads Georgetown's leading real estate team and can answer any question about homes for sale in the area, in his earlier days, Russ was made his living as a genuine cowboy, expert in the details of roping and driving cattle. Russ called on this experience from his cowboy days to keep the herd in line and from crossing the rope and running off into the crowd.
Cowboy Breakfast, Cowboy Poetry
The morning started with a “Cowboy Breakfast” and was followed by a rousing round of Cowboy poetry by Russ Phillips and his friend Jay Pearce who have been performing together at events such as these for more than five (5) years now. The poetry was a huge hit with the crowd, especially “Rancher’s Revenge” which was received with lots of loud hoots and hollers. People of all ages enjoyed the poetry. Even people from out of state enjoyed the festivities. Georgeanna Kresl from Pennsylvania came to town just to attend our Chisholm Trail days. A huge fan of cowboy poetry herself, she and Russ had lots to talk about. “I’m very interested in Cowboy Poetry and was so glad to see it on the schedule today,” she told us as we chatted under an old Oak tree.
A re-enactment of the Sam Bass shootout took place on the lawn with outlaws and lawmen battling it out for justice. A comedy acting crew put on a short play on “How the West was won” with women ruling the day. Live music played off and on and pony rides for the kids were ongoing. Wagon rides went the length of the San Gabriel Loop trail and food stands with old-fashioned cooks peppered the lawn. Crafts and demonstrations were in high supply and plenty of horses were on hand to pet.
A Unique Georgetown Tradition
This event is put on in Georgetown by the Williamson County Museum annually – so if you missed it this year, put it on your calendar for 2015, you won’t want to miss it again. It’s this sort of event and community activity that makes it so great to call Georgetown home. It's why we love practicing real estate here and believe the homes for sale in Georgetown have unique value. Being a realtor in Georgetown isn't only about being expert in things like negotiation skills, valuation assessments and marketing--it's about being a part of the community and knowing what actually makes it special.
We love being active community members at the Russ Phillips Team and it’s great to be able to go to an event where we can call many of you by name, but still have access to the conveniences of a larger city – and that’s the kind of balance Georgetown provides! It was great seeing so many of you out at the park today – stay tuned for next weeks blog which will explore local market conditions and what that might mean for you if you are planning to buy/sell your house anytime soon.
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