Texas Heritage Days

Texas Heritage Days visitors stop by the Harker Heights Rotary Club food booth Saturday at the Bell County Expo Center.

BELTON — The Harker Heights Rotary Club introduced a new fundraising effort April 19-20 in the Exhibit Hall at the Bell County Expo Center.

Texas Heritage Days, the first of its kind sponsored by the club, emphasized the multicultural melting pot that defines Bell County.

“It was a fantastic showing and the vendors were pleased with the overall operation,” Rotarian Earl Williams said.

From all indications, this won’t be the last and Rotarians vow that the next one will be bigger and better. The festival raised funds for numerous charities supported by the Rotary Club, president Jennifer McCann said.

The festival’s center of attention was the 17 musical groups performing on the Exhibit Hall stage, including a bluegrass group with cloggers, Texas Style Brass Band, Southern Texas Gospel Group, Christian interpretative dance and a new group from Fort Hood, the Crossfire Brass Band.

Several prizes were raffled including gift certificates, an ice cream maker, jackets and an Italian food basket.

Members of the Heights Rotary Club immediately threw in their support for Texas Heritage Days as a new approach to its annual fundraiser.

Rotararian Otis Evans was impressed and challenged by the event.

“The success of this event has been worthy of the effort,” he said.

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