GATESVILLE — Bake sales, history exhibits, live music and half-price movie tickets are all part of the first Coryell County Heritage Day, scheduled for Saturday.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Faunt Le Roy Park in Gatesville.

Admission is free. Various vendors will sell arts, crafts and other items.

Raymie Moore, a bluegrass musician and longtime participant in Civil War re-enactments, helped to organize the inaugural event.

Moore said early plans for a Civil War-themed approach to the event were expanded to include all area and regional history, including modern U.S. military campaigns.

Support for organizing the event has been outstanding, he said.

“We’ve received a massive response,” Moore said.

When asked about expected turnout, Moore laughed, then said, “It looks like we may have more than we can handle.”

Courthouse tour

An extension of the event, a historical tour of the Coryell County Courthouse is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon, and The Last Drive-In Picture Show movie theaer in Gatesville will provide half-price cinema tickets to event patrons.

Proceeds from the event will go to charities.

Throughout the past year, organizers worked to establish a small, public fundraiser to assist local community service projects and to provide scholarships for Coryell County high school seniors. According to event chairman Kimberly Copeland, early efforts were futile. Coryell County Heritage Day may turn out to be the answer.

“This started out as a little fundraising event, and this is it,” Copeland said.

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