Athens Review, Athens, Texas

August 27, 2013

Money for fest offered

GBC council approves $10,000 toward annual event

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — The Gun Barrel City Council on Monday approved $10,000 to be used for the Gun Barrel City October Festival.

GBC City Manager Gerry Boren said he did not expect to use the entire $10,000, but wanted to make sure there was money available, if needed. The council unanimously approved the request.

Boren told the council the festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26. He said the plans are to have arts, crafts and food in the morning.

At 2 p.m., he said there will be lawnmower races. The Lonestar Lawnmower Racing Association is expected to host the event. Boren said anyone can enter the racing contest as long as they take the blades off their mower. The festival will end with a band concert. The band has not been decided as of yet.

Borne told the council the city has a busy October planned. In addition to the October Festival, the city will be hosting the MADD Walk, a prayer service and a Monster Mash. All these events will be held at the Gun Barrel City Park.

The council received an update on the JulyFest activities. Boren said the city spent $59,000 and brought in $34,000. He said the goal was to bring in about half of what was spent.

“The JulyFest was considered a huge success,”  he told the council members. He said it is expected to get better each year.

He said more than 50 cars showed up for the car show. This was the first year the city had included a car show in the JulyFest festivities.

The council also voted unanimously to require the Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation to provide a criminal background check, credit report, application, business plan and income and expense performance for anyone seeking a loan from the EDC.

The council approved paying Henderson County $5,236.28 to conduct the November election for the City of Gun Barrel.

Also approved was a $5 increase to the county for housing GBC inmates in the county jail. The rate was increased to $30 per day per inmate.