Tricia Pratt, organizer of the Old Home Day event in Oakalla, stands in front of displays of historical memorabilia from the community.

Community pride and devotion were on display Saturday as folks gathered at the old Oakalla schoolhouse for Old Home Day.

The annual event celebrates the history of the community, which has a population of 80 and is located 10 miles south of Copperas Cove in northeast Burnet County. The old schoolhouse now serves as the library and community center and as a meeting place for the 4-H Club.

Guests were treated to pie-eating and bubble-gum-blowing contests, face-painting for kids, hot dogs and cotton candy. The community center was filled with historical boards displaying stories and family photos.

Assistant Librarian Tricia Pratt, who moved with her family to the community in 1998, prepared an informative timeline depicting Oakalla from 1850 to 2010. The timeline began when she was given some old family and community photos.

Residents are raising money to renovate the community center and fund the library, said Laquetta Morris Smith, who grew up in Oakalla.

Herald/Sandra Duffy Oliver

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