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Title: ?Fiesta!
Post by: RichardM on August 25, 2008, 09:51:24 AM
Quote from: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/
Big Bend Ranch State Park is having a 'Fiesta' on Saturday, October 18, 2008

You are cordially invited to attend a free open house & celebration while also experiencing some of what of the 'new' Big Bend Ranch State Park has to offer. Here is a partial listing of the events & activities for all ages & ability levels:

  • Complimentary BBQ lunch & concert by cowboy singer-songwriter Dennis Jay
  • Attendance prizes, including a $500 gas grill
  • Guided hiking, Jeep, mountain biking & horseback riding tours.
  • Bird watching
  • Flint-knapping, rope-making & Dutch-oven demonstrations
  • Interpretive displays
  • Folklorico dancers & mariachi music
  • Student art show
  • Buffalo Soldiers encampment
  • Camping skills demonstration area

More information about this extravaganza will be added here soon.

For information on recent changes at the park be sure & download a copy of the summer 2008 issue of "El Solitario" the Big Bend Ranch newsletter (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_p4507_1437_06_08.pdf) (PDF 1.1 MB).

Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on September 10, 2008, 11:33:28 AM
More info.
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: SHANEA on September 10, 2008, 03:06:16 PM

Fiesta! (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/fiesta/)
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: sleepy on September 10, 2008, 09:26:29 PM
my wife did not like my dutch oven demonstration.
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: SHANEA on September 24, 2008, 09:59:28 AM
Due to phenomenally severe flooding, the Fiesta event that was scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2008 had been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled for spring 2009. (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/)
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: RichardM on January 26, 2009, 10:27:33 AM
Quote from: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/
Big Bend Ranch is holding a Fiesta event on May 2, 2009. Check here soon for more details.
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: uh_clem on January 26, 2009, 12:47:54 PM
my wife did not like my dutch oven demonstration.

 :rolling:
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: RichardM on March 10, 2009, 10:58:16 AM
Details now available:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/fiesta/ (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/fiesta/)
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: RichardM on May 01, 2009, 09:52:05 AM
Quote from: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20090430a
Media Contact: Lydia Salda?a, (432) 358-4627, lydia.saldana@tpwd.state.tx.us

April 30, 2009

Big Bend Ranch Fiesta cancelled due to swine flu concerns
PRESIDIO, Texas — Because of public health concerns about swine flu, all organized tours and activities connected with the Fiesta at Big Bend Ranch State Park have been cancelled. The free barbeque lunch set for Saturday, May 2 and all tours and activities set for Friday-Sunday, May 1-3 have been cancelled. However, the park remains open to the visiting public, with free admission and overnight camping Friday-Sunday.

Due to the public health emergency declared by Gov. Rick Perry throughout the state, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department leaders decided to cancel the event in accordance with health guidelines issued by state and federal health officials.

To TPWD’s knowledge, there have been no reported cases of swine flu in the Big Bend area. The Fiesta cancellation is a proactive step to safeguard public health and safety. Officials are discussing how and when to reschedule the event, and that decision will be announced at a later time.

The Fiesta had been arranged to showcase expanded public access and new visitor opportunities at Big Bend Ranch State Park. More information is on the park Web page.

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On the Net:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/ (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/)
2009-04-30
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Al on May 01, 2009, 10:09:15 AM
Absurd fear mongering by our government. In 2005, 3,600 Texans died of the flu.  Did they cancel the fiesta that year?  No.

Al
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: aggiehiker on May 04, 2009, 01:19:54 PM
Ridiculous! I live on the border and there have only been three H1N1 cases along the entire Texas border-all other cases have been far from the border. We just had the Bull Riding championships here this past Sat and Sun where thousands came from all over Tex and other states. No one was concerned about catching the virus there. I like the reaction of the Ft. Worth school district-they closed all school last week and all this week when not a single case was discovered in the district or town.  :eusa_wall:
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on May 06, 2009, 11:19:44 AM
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From Rasmussen Reports (conducted: 4/1-3/09)

    * 63% say the border with Mexico should be closed to prevent further spread of infection
    * 30% say closing the border is not necessary
    * 7% are not sure

I'm just going to blame Guv Good-hair for this one.  His base of voters are using the swine flu outbreak as an excuse to shut down the border and keep all the brown people out of the land of the free.  Fear-mongering at its finest.
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Undertaker on May 06, 2009, 12:44:47 PM
The blame falls squarely on Fed Gov and Press.  :pissed: :pissed: :pissed:
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on May 06, 2009, 01:00:26 PM
The blame falls squarely on Fed Gov and Press.  :pissed: :pissed: :pissed:

Are you telling us that the Federal Government and the press have the authority to pull the plug on a get-together at a Texas state park? 
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Undertaker on May 06, 2009, 01:44:59 PM
Was noting the Fed and press had blown H1N1 through the roof with no solid supporting data.
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on May 06, 2009, 02:29:20 PM
Was noting the Fed and press had blown H1N1 through the roof with no solid supporting data.

It seems to me that the federal government (not the Fed...different animal) and the responsible segments of the press are doing the right thing by letting people know there are potential dangers regarding this virus. 

When the CDC sees that a virus has spread very rapidly from continent to continent, they become very interested.  When it is reported to CDC that the same virus is responsible for the death of someone in their 20s or 30s, they become even more interested.  The flu often times kills folks who are infants, very old, or already sick and weakened.   We already know this and deal with it.  But, it is my understanding that there has been at least one report of a lady in Harlingen in her 20s (I believe) who has died from this flu.  I've also heard, but cannot confirm there was someone of similar age in Mexico who has died.  It is very likely that both of these people may have already had health issues, but without confirmation it would be foolish for our federal government to not alert us to the potential dangers.

On the other hand...the irresponsible press and irresponsible government entities only help to make a mockery of the situation.

Case #1:  Backlash against Mexicans amid swine flu outbreak is criticized
              By DIANNE SOL?S / The Dallas Morning News  (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-flubacklash_03met.ART0.Central.Edition1.4a7f58c.html)

Case #2:  Big Bend Ranch Fiesta cancelled due to swine flu concerns (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20090430a)
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: chisos_muse on May 06, 2009, 02:47:13 PM
I was reading an article on MSN a few days ago about all of the racism associated with the flu and there was even a reference to some people believing that the terrorists gave this flu to Mexicans so they could walk it across the border to kill Americans....

If that's the case they would have done better to hook up with the fast food giants or Anheuser Busch!  :icon_rolleyes:
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on May 07, 2009, 11:24:50 AM
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If that's the case they would have done better to hook up with the fast food giants or Anheuser Busch!  icon_rolleyes

Death by Bud Light...bummer.
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Roy on May 07, 2009, 12:06:18 PM
A big part of the problem was the initial reporting out of Mexico.  The number of deaths relative to the number of known cases was extremely high - something like 5-10%, which is very alarming.  They didn't realize until later that there were far more unreported cases than they knew about, which, when figured in, reduced the death rate to the same as normal flu.  They just didn't catch it until it had already spread, and by then the deaths were starting to pile up.
Also, this flu strain had evolved into something that had never been seen before.  And it could keep doing so.  Not trying to be alarmist (I agree there was an overreatction), but this thing could still come back and bite us pretty badly.
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: homerboy2u on May 07, 2009, 12:48:15 PM
Yes Doc,over here we feel like we are still not of the woods.After all the talk,the official say is the the second wave could hit us by fall. The virus according to experts was stopped mainly because of the health restrain measures and the weather ,this H1N1 virus does thrive well in the heat.

 I think this will be the only time I would say,I am glad i am living in HELL weather here. :eusa_eh:
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Undertaker on May 07, 2009, 05:37:34 PM
I have no problem with accurate reporting by press or Gov, and yes since there was no immunity to H1N1 we should be informed. I just think we were in a sense having it blown through the roof " just the facts ma'm" . Having observed response to a nothing Hurricane named Rita maybe the folks should have the pants scared off of them. :nailbitting: :nailbitting: Been there, done that, have the T-shirt. :eusa_whistle: :eusa_whistle:
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: RichardM on September 21, 2009, 09:32:54 PM
It's on....
Quote from: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20090921a
Big Bend Ranch State Park to Host Fiesta Nov. 14

PRESIDIO, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hopes the third time will be the charm for a daylong Fiesta set for Saturday, Nov. 14, to celebrate expanded recreational opportunities at Texas’ largest and wildest state park — Big Bend Ranch State Park (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/)

The public is invited to learn first-hand about the many wonders of the more than 310,000-acre state park tucked into the far southwestern corner of the state during a free, daylong Fiesta at the park’s Sauceda Ranger Station. Two previous attempts to hold the outdoor celebration had to be cancelled when the Rio Grande uncharacteristicall y flooded the Presidio area in fall of 2008 and again in May of this year when nearby Mexico suffered an outbreak of the swine flu.

Saturday’s "open house" will feature a free barbecue lunch at noon, followed by a performance by cowboy singer-songwriter Dennis Jay. Activities being offered include park tours, hikes, guided mountain bike and horseback rides, desert survival and camping demonstrations, a student art show, Buffalo Soldiers encampment and informational displays on everything from bats to river recreation. One guided tour will go into part of the recently acquired Fresno Ranch, a significant and strategic 7,000-acre addition to the park featuring wild canyons, stunning vistas, historical roads, rich riparian habitat and Rio Grande frontage.

Park rangers, as well as natural and cultural resource specialists, will be on hand to share information about this true wilderness park in the Big Bend Country’s scenic Chihuahuan Desert highlands.

The purpose of the Fiesta is to increase awareness of the state park’s greatly expanded public use opportunities and to provide Texans, especially local citizens, a chance to visit and experience one of the great parks of the West.

Thanks to the labors of park staff and friends during the past two years, today’s adventurers now have more opportunities to hike, bike and ride horses along many miles of newly accessible trails and jeep roads, and much greater access to more than 50 new campsites, many of them in the more rugged, remote and scenic areas of Big Bend Ranch’s backcountry.

Information booths will be open and special Fiesta programs running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Special pre- and post-Fiesta tours, as well as "early bird" tours beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, will be offered by advanced reservation. The regular $3 park entry fee for persons 13 and older will be waived Thursday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Visitors attending Fiesta weekend can make arrangements to stay overnight, but should be aware that there are limited tent camping options. Camping is free during the Nov. 12-15 time frame, but reservations are required. No lodging will be available at Sauceda.

To reserve a campsite during Fiesta weekend, call Big Bend Ranch State Park at (432) 358-4444. To reserve a spot on one of the Fiesta event tours, call TPWD’s Customer Service Center in Austin at (512) 389-8908 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. To learn more about the state park and Fiesta activities online, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Web site.

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On the Net:

    * http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/fiesta/ (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/fiesta/)
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Voni on November 17, 2009, 09:27:03 PM
We, and about 500 other enthusiasts attended the Big Bend Ranch State Park Fiesta this weekend.

(http://i320.photobucket.com/albums/nn335/Glaves/2009%20Big%20Bend%20Ranch%20Fiesta/DSCF8061.jpg)


Motorcycles now clearly allowed. And what a place to camp and hike and horse back ride and jeep tour! We did them all!  Except for the mountain biking!

http://s320.photobucket.com/albums/n...sta/?start=all (http://s320.photobucket.com/albums/nn335/Glaves/2009%20Big%20Bend%20Ranch%20Fiesta/?start=all)

Voni
sMiling
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Voni on November 17, 2009, 09:29:39 PM
My husband, Paul, even took a few pictures:

http://s320.photobucket.com/albums/nn335/Glaves/2009%20BBRSP%20Fiesta%20PAUL/ (http://s320.photobucket.com/albums/nn335/Glaves/2009%20BBRSP%20Fiesta%20PAUL/)

Voni
  sMiling
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: guc126 on November 17, 2009, 09:57:54 PM

Motorcycles now clearly allowed. And what a place to camp and hike and horse back ride and jeep tour! We did them all! Except for the mountain biking!
what are the restrictions on the motorcycles?
Title: Re: ?Fiesta!
Post by: Voni on November 18, 2009, 09:31:01 AM
Up until last fall motorcycles were prohibited except on the main road.  Now they, like all licensed vehicles can take any park road.

No vehicles are allowed to just ride cross country.

Voni
  sMiling