Category: Community

Find Local Treasures at Fairfield’s City Wide Garage

This is the weekend for great bargains!  The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual City-wide Garage Sale on Saturday, September 10th (see map in Section B). If you plan to make this an all-day shopping marathon, be sure to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.  Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Make a list of items you’re looking for.  It’s easy to get distracted by all the good deals on things you don’t really need.  Write down clothes and shoe sizes for each member of your family for easy reference.  If you are shopping for household items, bring along paint chips, fabric swatches and window sizes.  Bring a tape measure to check sizes. Carry a few plastic bags and cardboard boxes with you.  Not every garage sale will provide a way to carry you purchases to the car.  Bring tarp and rope if you are shopping for larger items. And, of course, be sure to have plenty of small bills.  Consider carrying money in your pockets or in a fanny pack to keep your hands free. If you plan to shop with children, consider giving them a small amount to spend.  This is a great opportunity to teach shopping skills and the art of negotiation. Are you more interested in finding the good stuff?  Plan to arrive early.  Looking for rock-bottom prices?  Consider shopping later in...

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Fairfield Designated Film Friendly

The Texas Film Commission (TFC) recently awarded its 96th Film Friendly Certified designation to the city of Fairfield Texas.  A total of 100 communities have received this certification. The Film Friendly Texas (FFTX) program was launched in 2007 and has since provided training and guidance to help statewide communities effectively accommodate on-location filming and market their communities as filming destinations. Certified communities attend FFTX training workshops held by the TFC, submit photos to be included in the TFC location database and pass approved and administratively enforceable filming guidelines for their community. Fairfield, originally named Mound Prairie, began community life around 1850 on a 100 acre tract of land donated by David Hall Love.  Many of the town’s historic sites are included as possible film locations, include the Watson-Potter Cabin at the Freestone County Historical Museum, and the picturesque Freestone County Courthouse Also included is the Long Ranch (below right), which has a beautiful main house and a historical building once used as a brothel. “We’re really excited about it,” states Brenda Pate, Executive Director of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.   “The Texas Film Commission has the pleasure of working with civic leaders from across the state to help them activate their community’s unique assets and increase local economic activity through filming,” said TFC Director Heather Page. “Filmmakers love working all around Texas, so we are encouraged by this program’s success in expanding...

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Flores Seeks Nominations for Congressional Veterans Commendation

U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) is requesting nominations for the 2016 TX-17 Congressional Veterans Commendation, a special tribute to honor local veterans’ military and community service. “Our nation’s veterans selflessly served our country so that we can enjoy blessings of freedom and liberty. After leaving the military, many of our veterans continue their service by helping out in our local communities. Their dedication is admirable and worthy of recognition,” Congressman Flores said. “I am humbled to carry on our local tradition of honoring deserving veterans with the TX-17 Congressional Veterans Commendation. Every year, I look forward to reviewing the nominations made by members of our community and ultimately commending our veterans for their exemplary service to our communities and nation.”   The TX-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation was created by Congressman Flores in 2012 to honor and recognize distinguished veterans of the 17th Congressional District of Texas. To be eligible for nomination, veterans must currently reside in the 17th Congressional District and have served both our nation and our communities honorably during their military and post-military careers. This year’s recipients will be announced on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. Ceremonies to honor the recipients will be announced at a later date. For more information regarding the commendation and to nominate a veteran visit or contact Jessica McKinney at (254) 732-0748. The submission deadline for nominations is Friday, October 28, 2016....

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Show of Wheels This Weekend on the Square

The 19th Annual Show of Wheels event is coming to the Freestone County courthouse square on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Sponsored by the City of Fairfield and Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, this Car, Truck and Bike Show features over 30 judged classes and numerous specialty awards, including Best of Show ($500), People’s Choice ($150) and Most Unusual ($150). Early registration is $20, and comes with t-shirts, plaques, trophies, door prizes and goody bags. Late registration is $25 for entries received after September 1st. The Show of Wheels will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on September 10th.  There will be food vendors, cold drinks, clean restrooms and plenty of shade. Bi Stone Antique Tractor Club will host their annual Tractor Show in conjunction with the event. Also being held that day will be the annual Fairfield Citywide Garage Sale. This year’s Show of Wheels event is made possible by the following sponsors:  Incommons Bank, Luminant, Community National Bank & Trust, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fairfield. For more information on these events, contact the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce at 903-389-5792.  Or, visit them online at...

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Scarecrows are Coming

This Autumn, scarecrows will line the courthouse square, as Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first Scarecrow Decorating Contest.  All ages, individuals, families, clubs, groups, and businesses are welcome to participate.  Winners will be announced on October 1st during kick-off activities at the Trinity Star Arts Council’s Fall Arts Fest.  For information about entering, contact the Chamber at...

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