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The Lead Sept. 19, 2022: Kerr County's big event week is here, good luck finding a place to stay

The weekend is jam-packed with stuff and things.

Good morning, Kerr County!

The National Weather Service says the next few days will be this — sunny and warm. No real change in the forecast. Here is what the Weather Service is saying about the rest of the week: "Wednesday through Friday look to be the hottest days of the week, and there is a small chance for a max temperature to be broken and a few locations to climb back into triple digits. Better onshore flow should come with the inverted trough over the weekend."

This week on The Lead Live!

This week, thanks to the Kerr Economic Development Corp. sponsorship, we are tackling small business challenges in Kerr County, including the changing workplace. Today's first show will feature four small business owners sharing their stories. Today's lineup is:

  • At 8 a.m., Michele and Gerardo Martinez own two businesses, including Vecino's food truck. However, Michele Martinez is also a software developer and manages a development company that provides customer-relationship software for nonprofits, school districts and small businesses.
  • At 9 a.m., we welcome James Wright, owner of The Hill Country River Rat and Cowboys and Angels Retreat in Mountain Home.
  • At 9:30, we welcome Charlie Deax, owner of the Five Cross Services LLC.

On Tuesday, we turn it over to guest host Bill Blackburn, who will facilitate conversations about leadership. His guests are Kerrville Police Chief Chris McCall, Peterson Health President and CEO Cory Edmondson, rancher Chris Hughes and economic development consultant John Anderson. The conversations start at 9 a.m. and presented by Schreiner University. The Macdonald Companies and Pint and Plow Brewing Co also sponsored this week's show.

On Wednesday, podcaster and attorney Tom Fox hosts a discussion about the future of work with guests Michele Martinez, Kristi Curry and Rachel Fitch.

On Thursday, Mindy Wendele takes the show's reins to discuss female entrepreneurs with Keri Wilt, Anabel Medrano, Amber Thomason and Kristen Hedger.

To wrap the week, we'll have a special show Friday morning with a dive into keeping business in the family with Kerr County Abstract and Title Co. and Tenery Service Co. — both multigenerational companies. At 10 a.m., we'll have Museum of Western Art Executive Director Darrell Beauchamp give us a preview of Saturday's 39th Annual Roundup Exhibition and Sale.

It's the week of events — maybe Kerr County's biggest

In terms of events, this week's calendar may be the busiest of the year for Kerrville and the rest of Kerr County. First, the Kerrville Triathlon Festival is Saturday and Sunday, so expect some delays, especially on Sunday.

The impact on Kerr County's hospitality industry is profound, with almost all hotel rooms booked. As of Sunday night, the following hotels sold out this weekend: Inn of the Hills (headquarters for the triathlon), Y.O. Ranch Hotel, Motel 6, the La Quinta Inn, Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn, Super 8 and the Holiday Inn. The Lone Star Inn had some availability, and several required a two-night stay. The Days Inn had availability at $200 per night.

This weekend is massive for Kerrville in terms of hotel occupancy tax collection. And the triathlon isn't the only mega event because three art events are starting Saturday.

  • The Texas Arts and Crafts Fair at the Hill Country Arts Foundation trace its roots to 1972 and Schreiner University. The Hill Country Arts Foundation, with the guidance of Wanda "Fluffy" Cash, helped bring the arts fair back to Ingram, and it flourished last year. Last year's fair produced a bonanza for artists — some saying they had their best show of the year. In 2022, the fair's exhibitor list stands at more than 90 — from painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, and photographers to fiber artists. And there will be plenty of food with Bill's BBQ, Chimney Cakes, Come and Crepe It, Conchita's Fusion Cuisine, , Nobilitea, Mac' N Wag' N, Sassy's Snack Shack, Shim's Be Blessed, and West Kerr Youth Sports desserts.
  • The 39th Annual Roundup Exhibition and Art Sale at the Museum of Western Art is Saturday; this is one of the museum's biggest shows of the year. Some artists are familiar to Kerrville, including residents Carol Arnold, Herman Walker, Jason Scull and Robert Pummill. After the significant success of the "Luckenbach Legacy, Hondo's Daughter, Becky Crouch Patterson Exhibition," this is just another bit of cultural gravy for the museum. The show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Paint Kerrville!, Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center actually runs all week, starting today, but it wraps on Saturday with awards and a sale. Some of the names are familiar, but you will see painters all around Kerrville painting the great outdoors.

Crossover successes

You may find artists showing at multiple events, including Judith and John Maskey, a talented couple from Comfort who have works in the Texas Arts and Crafts Fair and the Museum of Western Art. The Maskeys are watercolorists with an eye on Mexico.

Here are the road closures and impacts from the city of Kerrville

Kerrville Triathlon producer High Five Events has worked closely with the City of Kerrville, Kerr County, and TxDOT throughout the planning process of this event. For the safety of participants and all citizens, various lane closures and alternate routes will occur during this event. Please expect traffic delays and drive with extreme caution as cyclists will be on the roads. The street closure plan can be found on the city website at

Street closures and delays during race weekend will include closures on Water Street, parts of Highways 16 and 27, as well as the 534 bridge. See attached for complete details. Louise Hays Park will be closed to vehicular traffic while all events are in progress. It is estimated that the park will re-open around noon on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Spectators and pedestrian traffic are still welcome in the park during this time.

The G Street Trailhead will be closed on Saturday until noon and Sunday until 5 p.m. to accommodate the event. The Kerrville-Schreiner Park Trailhead will remain open all day Saturday; however, it will be closed for the Sunday event until approximately 5 p.m.

The triathlon schedule

  • Saturday, 7:30 a.m. start — Sprint Distance Triathlon, Rookie Distance Triathlon, and Kids Fun Run.
  • Sunday, 7:30 a.m. start — Quarter and Half Distance Triathlon.

Upcoming Featured Events

The Kerrville Chalk Festival, Oct. 15-16, Kerrville City Hall.

Kerrville Chalk Festival is a family-friendly art event for the Texas Hill Country. More than 65 artists create large-scale chalk drawings directly on the pavement. Kerrville’s downtown becomes a festive canvas for local and regional artists, as wells as invited guest artists from around the United States.

The Festival has live music, many free activities, food trucks, as well as wine and craft beer. It attracts an estimated 10,000 attendees annually. Read about the history of chalk art.

Held at Peterson Plaza in the heart of downtown, the event encourages tourists and locals to dine, shop, and experience the beauty and charm of Kerrville, Texas.

The 2022 beneficiary is Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center (KACC). KACC was founded in 1995 by a group of artists with a mission of providing a show place for local artists and to further the arts and culture in the community. The Center is comprised of sixteen affiliated groups representing over 500 artists and has three distinct gallery spaces. It attracts over 20,000 visitors annually.

Mark your calendar for Public Power Week Oct. 2-8, and the Bucket Truck Rides.

The Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) is hosting a family-friendly event to meet our heroes in hardhats while we celebrate Public Power Week!

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to join us in Louise Hays Park for a free community event!

This will be a free community event with family-friendly activities that will include taking a ride in one of KPUB’s bucket trucks, arc & spark demos, line worker tool displays, photo ops with our linemen, face painting and more.

KPUB will be providing free hot dogs, chips and refreshments on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as a free t-shirt for the first 100 attendees. For more information:

The Kerrville Independent School District Board of Trustees meets

At tonight's meeting, the Kerrville Independent School District Board of Trustees will evaluate Superintendent Mark Foust in a closed session. It's not the only thing on the agenda, but one of the most significant. Foust has a full year on his $221,000-per-year contract.

KISD board agendas are never an easy read because the summary of the topics doesn't reach the public until the day of the meeting. However, the board of trustees could discuss ramping up the size of classrooms. We'll have coverage of the meeting in Tuesday's newsletter.

The weekend in Kerr County arrests and mayhem

As we've pointed out previously, Kerr County is a pretty safe place to call home. Still, three things keep our law enforcement community very busy — drunk driving, drug possession and public intoxication. Of the 38 arrests over seven days, 21 were for one of those three areas. That's 54% of arrests were for drunk and high. There were five assaults, including three for domestic violence.

Last weekend was also mega

Walt Wilkins performs at the Kerrville River Festival on Sept. 17, 2022

With the Kerrville River Festival, Tex Fest and the Don't Try This at Home Festival were all attractions Friday and Saturday. Measuring their respective impact is hard, but it looked like the River Festival drew well toward the night's end when singers Michael Salgado and Kyle Park were on the stage. The early part of the River Festival faced hot and humid conditions.

Check out our photos from River Fest:

Schreiner University gets a hat trick and a surprise return

Schreiner midfielder Noah Boggus reacts after scoring his third goal of the match against Sul Ross on Sept. 17, 2022.

The Schreiner University men got a huge effort from midfielder Noah Boggus with a three-goal match to lead the Mountaineers to a 5-2 win over visiting Sul Ross State on Sunday.

It was definitely a moment to savor for Boggus and the Mountaineers.

Boggus' hat trick is just the second by a Schreiner player since 2013, and he probably could have had more. Boggus had another goal called off on an offsides call and placed seven shots on goal. Boggus scored twice in the first half to help the Mountaineers to a 2-0 halftime lead. The Mountaineers got goals from Cameron Armer (48th minute) and Travis Matthews in the match's closing minutes.

The Mountaineers are 2-3 on the season.

Check out our photos from the match:

The women's team wasn't as fortunate offensively but kept things tight in a 2-1 loss to visiting McMurry. After giving up a goal in the first minute of the match, the Mountaineers rallied to tie the match on a goal by Cassandra Ochoa. However, it wasn't enough and the Mountaineers fell for a third consecutive match.

On the volleyball court, the Mountaineers dropped their fourth consecutive match, including their third five-set match. The Mountaineers fell to McMurry, 3-2, on Saturday.

The men's basketball team, expected to challenge for a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference possibly, will see guard Alex Dehoyos return to the team for the fifth year. Dehoyos told The Lead he decided to come back to Schreiner, where he earned a bachelor's degree in May, and finish his playing career with the Mountaineers. It's a huge get for the Mountaineers, who will return a strong nucleus.

More photos from the weekend

Music in the Glory Community Garden

Community Worship and Picnic at Carver Park


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