The Lead Oct. 18, 2021: Another great weekend to remember in Kerr County

The only downside was DSHS reported another COVID-19 death — this one from Oct.


If you survived the weekend, that's a good thing because it was jam-packed with stuff. By the way, this weekend is equally jam-packed. Just a reminder, we're still traveling this week, and there will not be a newsletter on Tuesday. The Lead Live will return at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, and we'll have Brittany Lehmann on the show to discuss National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.



  • 9 a.m. — The Kerr County Commissioners Court is holding a workshop about the guidelines it needs to meet by accepting a massive federal grant package to help offset COVID-19 expenses.
  • 6 p.m. — The Kerrville Independent School District board of trustees will hold its meeting. There will be a presentation on how Supt. Mark Foust will beef up the district's math scores.


Oct. 21


Wine education we all need

  • 6 p.m., Kerrville Hills Winery
  • This is something we can all use — winemaking education. Trust us. This is how Kerrville Hills Winery describes the night: A one-night wine education session learning about winemaking styles, varietals, regions, and food pairing.

The Cleverlys

  • 6:30 p.m., The Pointe Theater, Southern Sky Music Cafe in Ingram.
  • Digger Cleverly, along with his nephews Ricky Lloyd, Sock, DVD and Cub, make up The Cleverlys. They have traveled the globe, if the globe only consisted of the United States, performing at music venues and some of the nation's largest festivals like Stagecoach, Telluride, CMA Music Fest and even the Grand Ole Opry. More information:

Oct. 22

Opening Night of "Little Shop of Horrors"

  • 6 p.m., Cailloux Theater, Kerrville.
  • The Cailloux Theater will host an opening night dinner for the musical "Little Shop of Horrors," which runs afterward. It will be fun to see how Playouse 2000 depicts the mighty Audrey. Tickets start at $22 for adults. Dinner tickets are separate and require a performance ticket. Information: 830-896-9393 or

Oct. 23

Airport Race Wars

  • 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Kerrville-Kerr County Airport
  • This was one of Kerrville's most significant events earlier this year, and it returns for another round of racing. Come see some of the fastest drag cars compete for over $8,000 in total prizes. Food and drink vendors will be onsite. Information:

Kerrville Pro Rodeo

  • 8:30 p.m., Hill Country Youth Event Center
  • This is a big one with bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc action. There will also be barrel racing. If you enjoy seeing kids get run over sheep, that is there as well. Infomration:

Kerrville Mountain Bike Festival

  • TBD, Kerrville Schreiner Park
  • The festival brings a full weekend of mountain bike racing to Kerrville. This is the final race of 2020 Mountain Bike Texas Cup. American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) race. One of 11 races selected from over 1,200 events nationwide. Organizers expect 700 competitors and spectators. Information:


Kerr County recorded its third COVID-19 death in October when the Texas Department of State Health Services said Sunday a resident had died Oct. 10.

The death is the 43rd since Aug. 1 of a Kerr County resident, but as usual, there is no reconciliation between the numbers posted by the state and Peterson Regional Medical Center. On Thursday, Peterson reported its first COVID-19 death in a month.

Based on previous experiences, The Lead expects everyone to report 127 deaths, which Peterson said on Friday. However, as we've reported previously, we expect Kerr County, the city of Kerrville and various media outlets to say it's 127 without question. No Kerr County elected official has ever questioned the discrepancy in the death toll.

Just to be clear, deaths in October happened:

  • Oct. 1, as reported by Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Oct. 10, as reported by Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Oct. 14, as reported by Peterson Regional Medical Center.


After missing a year thanks to our friend COVID-19, the Kerrville Chalk Festival roared back to life over the weekend at Peterson Plaza in downtown. We asked promising freelance photographer and Schreiner University student Zach Lyman to capture the action. Here's what he found:

Keirstin Pratt worked a full day on the Schreiner exhibit. An outstanding design student, Keristin has her own side hustles, doing photography, design, illustration, and makeup. Her work can be seen on her instagram business pages, @kgp.studios and @yellowbrickartco.


The power of Buc-Ees was seen once again in New England — this time at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

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