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Teen’s hard work in the show ring is paying off

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
Mason Allan grew up in the show ring watching his older brother compete with Hereford cattle. It was inevitable he would follow family tradition, and his hard work has paid off big this past year with tremendous success as he winds down his high school career.
The 18-year-old is the son of Dave and Becky Allan, and a senior at Prairie Valley High School. The family moved here two years ago from Schulenburg in far south Texas to operate their Bar A Cattle company just north of Nocona. The family also operates Genesource, providing beef cattle semen from multiple elite breeds across the country.
Mason is big brother to Landrie, age 10, also a student at PV and little brother to Tyler, 21, a recent graduate of Texas Tech. He comes to his passion for showing cattle naturally as his father and his siblings showed at the same high level.
“I grew up in the show ring, some of my earliest memories are from the Fort Worth Stock Show. My dad’s family grew up showing cattle so it has always been our deal. I really enjoy the connection with people you meet and all the friends you make. The people are really what drive me to work harder. I also have gotten some great opportunities and it all drives me to keep going. It has become my passion,” explains Allan.

Read the full feature on this young showman in the weekend Bowie News.

Mason Allan with Rowdy as they recently showed and won big at the Fort Worth Stock Show. (Courtesy photo)
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Mardi Gras Nocona-Style celebrating 13th year of festival parades

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Nocona is busy getting ready for its largest festival of the year, Mardi Gras Nocona Style with activities Feb. 11-18.
This Nocona Chamber of Commerce puts its own unique spin on the Mardi Gras theme with a parade or events planned each day of festival week, climaxing with the “Big Parade” on Feb. 18.
The festival opens Feb. 11 with the Mardi Gras Ball, which is already sold out.
On Feb. 12 the parade week begins with the popular Krewe de Barkus pet parade. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. with the parade at 2 p.m. at Mary Beckham Davis Park in downtown. There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted and will go to the Nocona Lucky Paws Shelter.

Read the full slate of events for the week in your weekend Bowie News.

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Friends of Animal Shelter plan Feb. 11 fundraising event

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Live music, food and fun will be offered at a fundraiser benefitting the Friends of the Bowie Animal Shelter at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 at The Hall, 1401 Jakes Road, Bowie.
Monty Dawson, Bowie’s own country music entertainer, will provide live music. Guests can enjoy pizza, salad and dessert for a meal all for $10.
Other activities will include silent auction and a fun photo booth where you and your friends can strike a pose.
The Friends are working to raises funds for a new storage building to replace the present one that is more than 18 years old and beginning to rust out.
These volunteers are very active in caring for the animals, supporting medical care and helping maintain the shelter.
Anyone who would like to donate an item or a basket to the silent auction can message the Friends’ Facebook page.

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Saint Jo artist featured speaker for ‘Cowgirl Connection’

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Internationally-known artist Donna Howell-Sickles of Saint Jo will be the featured speaker at the new monthly lecture series, “Cowgirl Connection,” at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Howell-Sickles is a 2007 cowgirl honoree to the Hall of Fame. The program will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Cowgirl for wine and light bites, complimentary parking, shopping and more. The museum is located at 1720 Gendy Street in Fort Worth.
This is a free event, however, space is limited and advanced reservations are required. RSVP to Jennifer Legrand at JLEGRAND@cowgirl.net.
This popular artist has deep roots in Saint Jo, and she and husband John, renovated two historic buildings on the town square for their Davis & Blevins Gallery. Howell-Sickles’ studio is located upstairs where she creates unique western art that features beautiful cowgirls with their horses or dogs. They have become iconic as they usually have a strong red lipstick. Her original inspiration for the ladies came from a 1935 cowgirl on a rodeo post card. In her pieces, the cowgirl achieves the status of a heroine, and her images have brought her national attention and success. Her work is rich with symbolism and allusions to classical mythology, but the viewer does not need to be familiar with those in order to appreciate the female affirmations of each piece.

Photo caption – Donna Howell-Sickels welcomes guests to an art exhibit at Davis & Blevins. (Bowie News photo)

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