26th annual Founders Day Festival Reply

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When the founding fathers of Dripping Springs pulled their dusty wagons to a stop some 30 miles west of Austin in the 1850s, and decided to call this paradise in the hills would become their home, they didn’t likely realize that thousands of future residents would still be celebrating their decision in the 21st century. But celebrate the Founders, we do! This year’s celebration marks the 26th annual Dripping Springs Founders Day Festival. The party will be held on Mercer Street from April 19-21 this year, promising another fun-filled weekend long celebration of all things Dripping Springs.

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Food, Rides, Games, Music

Pack up the whole family and come experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and aromas of the festival, one of the largest in the Texas Hill Country. Sponsored by numerous local businesses and individuals, the festival officially kicks off at 6:30pm on Friday, with the traditional hometown Grand Parade on Mercer Street. So grab your cameras and lawn chairs and stake out your spot along the route. Make sure the kids have bags for the candy that will be tossed to them from folks on the floats!

Other festival highlights include the Mighty Thomas Carnival, live music, a BBQ cook-off with contestant groups that take up three blocks,  a washer-pitching contest, a chicken-clucking contest, a car bash, a live auction and lots of children’s activities.

Founders Ferris WheelThe Dripping Springs Lions Club is proud to once again sponsor carnival rides and games, a festival favorite. Festival organizers this year also expect more than 100 arts and crafts vendors and food booths, sponsored by St. Martin de Porres Church. The DS Chamber of Commerce hosts booths for area businesses wanting to promote their companies.

The Dripping Springs Cook-Off Club, a well-known local non-profit organization that donates its profits back to the community, will serve up the cooking competitions. Festival goers can sample scrumptious selections from more than 120 cooks, including fajitas, chicken, pork, brisket, salsa, chili, and pot luck. Judge for yourself! The Cook-Off Club awards will be presented Saturday at 6:15 pm and Sunday at 4:00 pm.

Then work off the calories by dancing to live music. Bands will play Friday night and Saturday night. BoyGirl Country Dance

Visitors can also sign up Saturday at 10:00 am for the traditional washer-pitching contest, which begins at 11:00. Experts and novices alike will compete in this popular sport.  And don’t forget the Chicken-Clucking Contest on Sunday at 4:00 pm. This entertaining contest always draws a crowd.

Truly Local

The first Dripping Springs Founders Day Festival was organized by a core group of individuals – Cecil Whinery, Jerry Bielke, Ed Rios, John Henry Cauthen and Pat Lyle – along with more than 50 charter members of the Dripping Springs Founders Day Association. The Lions Club was also instrumental in promoting the event as an avenue for local sponsoring organizations and the community to raise money for worthy causes around Dripping Springs.  Astonishingly, more than 2,500 visitors attended the first festival. Since then, tens of thousands have attended. The City of Dripping Springs has overseen the festival since 2002. Visit the festival website at www.foundersdayfestival.com for more information.

Read about the 2012 festival on Around Dripping Springs: https://arounddrippingsprings.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/founders-day-happy-25th/

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Meet Christian Z: Four Star event planner Reply

Positive signs of growth are everywhere around Dripping Springs; signs like H-E-B, CVS, and Home Depot. One year ago, another well-known sign went up, heralding the arrival of a much-loved Austin original in the Dripping Springs area: Trudy’s Restaurant. This week, the local Trudy’s location celebrates its 1st anniversary, fittingly, on November 1st.

Each Trudy’s location has a distinctive name, like Trudy’s North Star, Texas Star, and South Star. The Dripping Springs location – Trudy’s fourth – is called Trudy’s Four Star, and is located at Highway 290 West and Four Star Boulevard (across from the Belterra entrance).

Last year’s grand opening on All Saints Day may not be mere coincidence. Surely, the Tex-Mex food & spirits saints were all smiling on Dripping Springs when Trudy’s owner, Gary Truesdell, decided to build the Four Star location here. Locals rejoiced and Trudy’s Four Star has slowly but surely been making its mark in the community ever since.

One of the reasons for that is events manager Christian Zertuche. Christian is an event planner’s event planner. He loves his job, and it shows! Just ask any of the hundreds of people who have already enjoyed events at Trudy’s Four Star, like rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties, birthdays, and banquets.

As the restaurant prepares to celebrate its 1st anniversary, Trudy’s Four Star has opened a private Rooftop Terrace that is available 7 days a week for these events. The Rooftop Terrace affords guests a great view of Hill Country sunsets to the west and south, and there is no rental fee for the space – the only rooftop party space of its kind around Dripping Springs. Zertuche says Trudy’s caters the Rooftop Events, and there is also a cash bar service available during private events.

To celebrate their 1st anniversary in Dripping Springs, Trudy’s Four Star and Zertuche invite the public – kids, too! – to the Rooftop Terrace for an Open House “Happy HourS”, from 5pm-10pm, on Saturday, November 3rd. Featured will be live acoustic music by popular local guitarist Tommy Mojica, and a complimentary 5-flavors salsa bar with chips & queso. A cash bar will also be available.

Zertuche hopes to meet as many locals as possible, and learn more about the kinds of events they would like to host. Here’s more about event planner Christian Z. and Trudy’s Four Star, in Zertuche’s own words:


I am 32 years old, from Houston, Texas. I have worked in the Restaurant and Customer Service Industry for 14 years.  I am also More…