First Annual Sundown on the Square

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Rachel Tuggle

STEPHENVILLE (Oct 2, 2015) – The first annual Sundown on the Square will be this Saturday from 5-9 p.m. Drawing its theme from the 1970’s,  this event in downtown will raise money for repairs for the Stephenville Historical House Museum. Sections of the square will be roped off for people to come and enjoy food, drinks and family-friendly fun as everyone celebrates Stephenville’s history.

Sundown on the Square’s focus will be upon the tragedy of 1974 when three convicts escaped prison in Colorado and went on a killing spree that eventually ended in Erath county. Local author Sherri Knight wrote the book Death List: Trail of Terror from interviews with those who personally encountered the convicts in Erath county. Knight is printing a special edition of this book for Sundown on the Square. Those who donate 100 dollars or more will receive a hardback copy signed by Knight and many who were interviewed for the book. Other copies will be sold and autographed by Knight with the proceeds going to the museum.

In addition to Knight signing books on Saturday night, vendors will be set up and restaurants from around the square will be selling food. For kids there will be two bounce houses, a maze, a mechanical bull and other activities. Interbank is sponsoring an old Voltswagon van as a photo booth. All activities and food can be paid for with tickets that are 2 dollars apiece. A percentage of money made by the vendors will be donated to the museum. Additionally there will be a raffle for paintings from local artists Opal Black and Miller Wells.

The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council and Stephenville Independent School Districts are collaborating to have an art and essay contest for fifth through eighth graders in SISD. Kids were given 10-12 different historical building choices that they could draw, paint, etc. To enter the contest, kids must submit the art and write an essay about the history of the building.

Co-founder of Sundown on the Square Metta Collier said, “The important thing is to raise funds and have a good time doing it. The museum belongs to everybody. It’s our heritage. It’s important to remember our pasts and know who we are.”


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