2014 Back to School Kids Fishing Tournament was a complete success!
Kids Fishing Tournament
By Joyce Currington
Reporter for the Zapata County News
The fourth annual Back to School Kids Fishing Tournament at Bravo Park was bigger and better! Zapata Chamber of Commerce and all of the sponsors welcomed the 543 pre-registered and walk-in boys and girls. The first thing they saw when arriving at the grounds was Pediatrics Care Bicycle ride; 200 bicycles were presented. Back packs full of school supplies were handed out, from Pediatric Care, Pediatric Practice, Brush County Home Health. The children had fun fishing, riding the bucking bull, playing on the water slides or some of the other games. They enjoyed a McDonald's Happy Meal at noon. What a thrilling morning! It was an exciting way to round out the summer and get ready for school to start September 1.
Historic Zapata Rising commemoration begins
It was a cloudy start of a day, but many visitors made the trek to Zapata, Texas as the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the inauguration of Falcon Dam and Lake began. Falcon Dam brought many economical benefits to the area, but also desolation to many who gave up their properties to give way to progress.
Today and for the next two days, original families and their descendants convene to a reunion of a grand scale to remember, reflect, rejoice and have closure to an event that drastically changed their lives 60 years ago.
Some of the activities planned are a "Welcome to Zapata" get-together and registration on Thursday evening, displays of family trees at the Zapata County Museum of History, tours, book signings, historical interviews, movies of the period, burial of a time capsule and more throughout the next days.
Zapata Rising: 60 years in the making.
Combs holds off Clunn
Texan busts 100-plus pounds in wire-to-wire win in home state ZAPATA, Texas — Third-year Elite pro Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, locked out 11 other finalists Monday in the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam, including his biggest threat after three rounds, four-time Bassmaster Classic champ and Zen master of bass fishing, Rick Clunn.
After weighing 28 pounds, 2 ounces on the final day, Combs hit and surpassed the 100-pound mark with 111 pounds, 5 ounces over four days of competition on Falcon Lake out of Zapata, Texas. In his home state on a lake he’s guided on for years, Combs took his first Bassmaster Elite Series title in wire-to-wire fashion and by a margin of 5-15 over Clunn.
Nothing but winners at Falcon Lake
Lake of the Giants - the famed Falcon Lake
Zapata Chamber of Commerce Unveils New Website:
Chamber President/CEO Jose F. "Paco" Mendoza, Jr., announced Friday, the unveiling of its new state of the art website. As a result of the positive response from Falcon Lake being named "The No. 1 Bass Fishing Lake in the U.S.", The Chamber needed to develop a more fluid channel of communication with its membership and a comprehensive repository of information for the ever increasing inquires of the region.
The website will allow for immediate updates, easier managing of Chamber records and will be able to generate a newsletter for all registered members. Mendoza said that the new website will also promote with its extended listing of businesses, hotels, restaurants and attractions to help boost the economy of Zapata. "We have reported an increasing demand for information for Falcon Lake as well as for the community, and we wanted to competitively position Zapata with other cities our size and develop a positive economic impact for our area," he explained.
The distribution of the website's content is logical and intuitive. It includes a community calendar available for schools, churches and clubs wishing to post their information and will offer advertising opportunities to its members. It will also serve as a hub of communication with the community through social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more.
The site was developed by Graphitiks Advertising Design, Inc. of Laredo.