Every year Brownwood Texas holds it’s annual Reunion where high school graduates can recap their lives and have fun doing so. It falls around the third weekend in September. Lasting three days starting Friday and ending Sunday.
A carnival sets up in the coliseum parking lot walking distance from the downtown area where craft booths and business booths set up in the streets. Since a large portion of downtown is being used it is blocked off and traffic has to go around.
The event is set up to be viewed on the web while it is happening so if you attend you might find yourself captured on the small screen.
All three nights a popular country music group performs downtown at the depot, but you do have to pay to get in. This year of 2006 John Corbett was scheduled to perform, but backed out a few weeks before the reunion. There was no explanation given as to why.
Saturday morning a parade can be watched and then a reunion birthday cake free of charge is shared Saturday afternoon. Saturday night fireworks light up the evening right before the last country artist goes on.
During the whole three days helicopter rides are offered for a fee. Shuttle buses will pick you up and take you back to designated points. There are lots of free live performances by choirs, local singers, and bands. A food court gives you a wide variety of eating options. Ever seen Urban Cowboy? You can ride a mechanical bull or you can ride the live ponies. Scale a fake wall or slide down a giant slide.
Enter contests and compete in strong man competitions or pie eating etc. Go inside a Tipi tepee and hear a storyteller tell an authentic Indian tale. One like Indians used to tell their children to help them learn. You can draw or paint a card to show support of our military troops. The card will be sent to them. Several military helicopters and vehicles are set up for examining. A petting zoo for children is another attraction.
Brownwood Reunion is a fun happening place to be and although every year varies with performers and booths they are still basically the same. There is always a carnival, parade, and fireworks.
The reunion isn’t only for high school graduates it’s for anyone who wishes to go. It is usually in competition with the West Texas Fair and Rodeo in Abilene Texas. They both happen at the same time. Abilene is about an hour to an hour and a half from Brownwood depending on how fast you drive and which route you take. You could go to one and then travel to the other if you want to experience two worlds colliding.
The downside of the reunion is for many high school graduates their class doesn’t set a date to meet up other then running into each other at the reunion itself. For the years I’ve went I haven’t ran into anyone I went to school with and Brownwood is a relatively small town that hasn’t quite reached thirty thousand people yet.