Hitchcock Good Ole Days Celebrates 45 years!!!


Hitchcock Celebrates 45 years of Good Ole Days Community members gathered Saturday for “Good Ole Days,” a mixture of fun, patriotism and competition in Hitchcock that marks the final days of summer. The 45th annual festival celebrated country and state with its “Red, White and Blue” theme, sponsored by the Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce.
A morning parade along state Highway 6 — with floats, police patrol cars, fire trucks and the Hitchcock High School marching band and cheerleaders — kicked off the second day of celebration, ending the route at the festival grounds. Elected officials and community leaders took the stage to welcome residents and to speak about unity.
“I want you all to look around,” said Precinct 2 Constable Jimmy Fullen, who’s also the chamber of commerce president. “This is what small communities are doing, and it should be a role model for the country.”
While vendors sold their wares and kids rode carnival rides, the celebration was permeated by the smells of 91 cooking teams vying for barbecue acclaim. The celebration marks the final competition of the county’s barbecue Triple Crown, a three-part series of cook-offs. The Galveston County Fair and Rodeo and Texas City Funfest are the first two.
“It’s very competitive,” organizer Lew Benham said. “These people spend a lot of money.”
Tables of judges, equipped with pickles, cheese, and beer to cleanse their palates, reviewed ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken to determine a winner.
In addition to the barbecue tradition, the celebration included a beauty pageant for contestants ages 3 to 18, who competed in four age group categories. For the second year, the “mutton bustin’,” a popular Galveston County Fair and Rodeo event in which kids try to ride sheep, was part of the festival.
As part of a new feature of the festival, Sonny “The Bird Man” Carlin brought his traveling trained bird show featuring macaws and doves from Nederland.
The festival was scheduled to conclude with a performance by rock band “In Your Face” and raffle drawings.
“This is a great community event,” Precinct 2 County Commissioner Joe Giusti said. “This should be held up as an example.”

Galveston County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event April 8th


Galveston County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Household Hazardous Waste Event A household hazardous waste collection event is scheduled for April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gulf Greyhound Park (located at 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX 77568). The City of League City, City of Dickinson, and Keep Dickinson Beautiful have teamed together, with a grant from Houston-Galveston Area Council and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to host the event. “This is a great opportunity for Galveston County,” said Bridget Kramer, Communications Coordinator and Project Coordinator for the grant. “Galveston County has more than 300,000 people and there are no household hazardous waste venues within the county.” The event is open to all Galveston County residents. Event organizers expect high attendance and ask for patience as long waits are expected. “In previous years, people had to wait an hour or more to drop off their items,” said Bryan Milward, Management Assistant for the City of Dickinson. “We have a new traffic flow map that should assist in reducing the wait.” A portion of these funds were provided by the Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development Counsel from the settlement of an enforcement action brought by TCEQ. Items accepted during the event include: fertilizers, pesticides, batteries, pool chemicals, paint related materials, thermometers, aerosol cans, household cleaners, automotive products, tires (six maximum), white goods (free of Freon), electronics, fluorescent bulbs, and paper for shredding. Unaccepted items: business/commercial waste, medical waste (pharmaceuticals, sharps/needles), radioactive waste, PCBs, dioxins, ammunition, explosives, compressed gas cylinders (small propane accepted), smoke detectors, and household trash. Tips for transporting household hazardous waste materials: Containers should be sealed and in their original packing. If not in original packing, mark outside of container with contents, if known. Pack leaking containers in a larger non-leaking container. Place containers upright in a box or plastic bin and pack newspaper around them to prevent breakage. Place materials in your trunk where you will not breathe the fumes during transport.