News from around Runnels County

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register

Winters Showdown Livestock Show

he Winters Blizzards Showdown Livestock Show is December 18 at 9 a.m. at the Winters FFA Show Barn.  9-year old Karmen Miller has already earned some impressive awards from shows around the state. She has banners and buckles from numerous shows, as well as a trophy from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. T

The Winters Blizzards Showdown Livestock Show will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 18 at the Winters ISD show barn.

"This event takes place at the Winters ISD show barn near the Winters City Park. Come out and support these hard working showmen who range from 8 yrs old to 18. At noon we will be serving a 'by donation only' Taco Soup meal. Winters FFA and Winters Jr Livestock Assoc, Inc appreciate your continued support and contributions to our livestock program and facilities."

Winters Little Free Library ribbon cutting

The Winters Public Library board held a ribbon cutting on Saturday for their Little Free Library. The Little Free Library was dedicated to the late Valerie Congdon, who was director of the library when she suddenly passed away in 2019.

The Winters Public Library established a "Little Free Library" beside the community library. The library board had their ribbon cutting on Saturday. The Little Free Library was established in the memory of former library director, Valerie Congdon, who passed away suddenly in 2019.

Congdon had been library director for about a year when she unexpectedly passed awat. Congdon had worked to establish new programs at the library and worked to update the building itself. Her sudden passing was a shock to the community. Susan Minzenmayer was hired as the director after Congdon's passing.

The Winters Public Library board held a ribbon cutting on Saturday for their Little Free Library. The Little Free Library was dedicated to the late Valerie Congdon, who was director of the library when she suddenly passed away in 2019.

Winters Public Library board member Sally Spill spoke at the ribbon cutting, "Valerie worked as director of the library. She was dedicated to the library and the community. We've established this Little Free Library in her honor."

Thank you from the Monse family

"To everyone involved with Hat Day at School, Muffins for Monse, the Chicken Spaghetti dinner, the Monse Benefit Party, the Go Fund Me, and all individual donors.

We have seen that blessings can come from a very scary accident.  We appreciate each one of you and every contribution you have made for our benefit.

Our hearts are blessed by your love, prayers, donations, and volunteering work.

May God bless you all", Kelly & Elizabeth Monse and family.

Runnels County Film Festival officially recognized by Winters City Council

The Winters City Council officially recognized the Runnels County Film Festival at the most recent council meeting. The film festival will be held in Winters on April 29 and 30, 2022 at the Winters Community Center.

The first annual Runnels County Film Festival will be held in Winters on Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2022. The Winters City Council officially recognized the film festival at their recent city council meeting.

The film festival will have a film competition where film makers submit films from 15-20 minutes in length. The film makers are sent the genre 3 weeks before the competition and all films must be made during that 3-week time span.

Festival organizers are also organizing "Plays in the Park." The plays will be put on by high school, college, and community acting troupes from 12 p.m - 6 p.m. on both days of the festival. The plays will be performed free of charge in the park next to the Winters Community Center.

The festival has already signed sponsors from Winters, Ballinger, Miles, and other cities, including Austin. Film studios, associated film makers, independent film makers, distributors, talent agencies, photographers, actors and film crew organizations, as well as several universities from around the state have expressed an interest in sponsoring the festival. There will also be vendors set up at the festival.

A crew member works the clapperboard at the start of filming take 24 of scene 7 during the filming of a movie in Runnels County in 2019 and 2020. The Runnels County Film Festival will be held on April 29 & 30 in Winters at the Winters Community Center. The festival will have a film maker competition, as well as plays performed in the park next to the community center both days.

Some of the sponsors who have already signed on include: Winters' Main Street Market Days, Ballinger Printing, Gore Photography, Gypsy Threads, Tees & More, Miles Economic Development Board, and KRUN radio, among others.

The festival will be hiring event-day staff from the surrounding area to work both days.

Gypsy Threads, Tees & More in Winters will host the film competition judges and the VIP wrap party. The VIP wrap party will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and will have free food, champagne, and live music. Festival sponsors receive VIP tickets.

For more information, email: info@RunnelsCountyFilmFestival.com, or visit their website: www.RunnelsCountyFilmFestival.com.