Texas Historical Landmark, Native Prairie Grassland, M.L. Smiley, Texas, Texas Agriculture, Hwy 82

Smiley-Woodfin Native Prairie Grassland

Never have I felt more in the Midwest than when I came across the Smiley-Woodfin Native Prairie Grassland. In incredible grass prairie for as long as one can see.

Texas Historical Landmark, Native Prairie Grassland, M.L. Smiley, Texas, Texas Agriculture, Hwy 82

Texas Historical Marker reads:

This meadow approximately 2,100 acres, is the largest section of native grassland existing in Texas. It was originally part of a prairie system that stretched throughout the Midwestern United States and into Canada. Since the earliest settlers arrived in this area in the 1830’s, when Texas was part of Mexico this grassland has remained uncultivated, providing an annual harvest of native grasses.

A lack of fuel and surface water made this area suitable for pioneer farmers. Although similar land nearby was tilled and planted, often resulting in erosion of overworked soil. This site was saved by the owner M.L. Smiley (1872-1953). A native of Lamar County, he used the meadow for cattle grazing and for hay production.

Early harvests consisted of cutting and stacking the grasses for drying, or transporting the hay to nearby steam-powered presses. The process was later simplified by the use of gasoline-powered machines that harvested and baled the hay on the site.

After Smiley’s death, the meadow was inherited by brothers George S. and Gene M. Woodfin. Today the Smiley-Woodfin Prairie Grassland is the largest supplier of native hay in the state.

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The land is absolutely beautiful, endless and something that we really can’t capture just in a photo. Driving by, your gaze will be directed to the prairie and consumed by how endless it seems.

Location: Along side Hwy 82 between Bonham and Honey Grove in North Texas.

What does this remind you of? Have you ever driven by these endless fields?

Beer & Batman

It’s been a little while since we’ve had a little fun and just let loose. This past weekend, a few of us braved the crazy Texas weather (because believe it or not all it does is rain here) and attended the Untapped Festival in Fort Worth.

 

With lots of great breweries in attendance from around the country, we were in for a treat! Two stages with live music, the festival moved to the parking lot so we wouldn’t sink in a wet field and surrounded by other beer lovers, we were loving it! Then my priorities changed, I saw Batman and knew I had to get a picture.

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I figured if Batman could show his muscles, I could too!

And then we met the crazier (aka scarier) portion and I wanted no part…

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We seriously had such a great time. If you’ve never attended this event, you should be prepared for great beer and lots of it! The lines were not bad, if existent at all (maybe that was due to the weather), breweries had a wide selection and special tastings. With events happening in numerous locations, take a little trip and try a tasting.

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Later in the evening, the storms started creeping in again and so we relocated to The Flying Saucer in downtown Fort Worth (another perfect microbrew masterpiece). This was the prize of the evening. Couldn’t think of ending the day with a better selection.

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Have you attended Untapped (or let’s be serious – seen Batman?!)?

Rahr, Hope Center for Autism, Fort Worth Fundraiser, Sonny & Friends Annual BBQ

1st Annual Sonny & Friends Rahr B’Que Cookoff

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post however I did receive tickets to the event in return for the publication. As always, all opinions are my own. #SonnyandFriends #AutismSpeaks #FortWorthTX

Fort Worth may be a big city but it is more so a tight knit community with an enormous heart. On Friday, I attended the 1st Annual Sonny & Friends Rahr B’Que Cookoff. Held at Rahr & Sons Brewery where musicians, cooks and the community gathered to raise money to benefit the Hope Center for Autism.

Rahr, Hope Center for Autism, Fort Worth Fundraiser, Sonny & Friends Annual BBQ

The Hope Center for Autism supports families affected by autism. In 2007, Susan and Glenn Wood created the center to assist the lives of the children and families of those with autism to live more functional lives.

Facts:
It takes 24+ hours to teach a child with autism how to brush their teeth.
Autism affects 1:68 children.
Autism costs a family on average $60,000 a year.
There is no cure for Autism.

The event included a BBQ cookoff and dinner, delicious beer provided by Rahr & Sons Brewery, a live and silent auction and of course musical entertainment. Multiple Texas musicians were on hand including Sonny Burgess, Jesse Jennings and Aubrey Lynn England. We were also in good company to have other Texas talents come to support the event including Mark McKinney. Auctioned items included suite tickets to a Texas Rangers game, private hunting trips (including one with Jim Sundberg), jewelry and a signed guitar. 100% of the proceeds from the 1st Annual Sonny & Friends Rahr B’Que Cookoff went directly to the Hope Center for Autism.

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Please keep an eye and an ear out for next years 2nd Annual Sonny and Friends Rahr B’Que Cookoff. A chance to cook with friends (using your favorite Rahr brew) and supporting a great cause along the way in our own community.

Rahr, Hope Center for Autism, Fort Worth Fundraiser, Sonny & Friends Annual BBQ

For more information and to learn how to donate please visit, Hope Center for Autism.