See the 22nd Bois d'Arc Bash in pictures!
Much preparation took place at the KETR front office. Administrative Secretary Deborah Smith (L) put together the assembly line to stuff thousands of goodie bags. Thanks to Bash visitors, we came home with much less than we took! Joining Deb at the station were Texas A&M University-Commerce students (C) Connie Rodriguez, a senior from Dallas, and (R) Carmen Azuara, a senior from Coffeyville, KS. At the rear, KETR Operations Manager Kevin Jefferies decided to skip out to finish his preparation for Friday night's Commerce High football broadcast.
While the ladies were preparing KETR goodie bags, the Commerce Leadership Institute was on the square getting ready to serve thousands of brown bag barbeque (say that fast!) dinners. Over 30 briskets were cooked and almost all of the meat was sold!
KETR was one of two broadcasters at the Bash. Cameras from KETV-Cable 3 at A&M-Commerce were stationed all weekend on the downtown Commerce square. This was a Friday afternoon shot at their preparations.
Leading off stage entertainment was the Panimation steel drum band from A&M-Commerce.
Next, was A&M-Commerce graduate Hope Cassity, in her first concert with her new band.
Continuing Friday night entertainment was one of the first appearances of The All Fingers Band in 20 years!
Capping Friday night's lineup was Two Mile Bridge.
There wasn't much sleep for Bash crews who cleaned up the square Friday night then started greeting over 100 vendors who started coming downtown before sunrise.
The KETR crew waited until after sunrise to set up. Deb (L) was joined by A&M-Commerce students (C) Sarah Dickey, a senior from Richardson, and (R) Drew Sapundjieff, a freshman from Mesquite.
Joining Drew and Sarah, in the middle, was Marcus Lane, an A&M-Commerce senior from Commerce.
Kevin Jefferies was back on the air early Saturday morning from our Bash booth, joined by Deb.
The Commerce Kiwanis Club was up and running early with their pancake feed.
A shot of the Commerce High School flag team that followed the CHS band at the front of the Bash parade.
Behind the Boy Scouts color guard was the Grand Marshal of this year's Bash parade, Dixie Turman Stachowiak.
The parade also included the A&M-Commerce flag squad and marching band.
The stage was loaded with dignitaries for opening ceremonies that followed the parade.
Saturday's stage entertainment began with the Bois d'Arc Dixieland Band.
Also performing was the Cross Trails Church gospel band.
An annual favorite at the Bash, The Blandelles, were back.
Before we forget, let's return to the KETR booth where Mark Chapman in the foreground and Michael Jackson in the background spent the afternoon greeting Bash visitors!
Back to the Bash stage, where Duane Stailey played.
After the Bash he and the band hit the road for Waxahachie.
More Bash pictures are coming! Come back for more!
And from the KETR staff and Bois d'Arc Bash volunteers, thanks for coming to the 22nd Bash!