Patriot Rally planned this weekend in Colorado City to include 2 Texas governor candidates
| Abilene Reporter-News
A two-day event called the West Texas Patriots Rally is scheduled in Colorado City this weekend during the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America.
The event will be in the ag barns at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds.
Scheduled are workshops, music, vendor booths, Sunday worship and appearances Sunday by two Republicans who are opposing Gov. Greg Abbott for governor.
Don Huffines will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, and Allen West at 2:30 p.m.
Workshop topics include “Replacing Politicians with Patriots” at 10 a.m. Saturday, with Robert West leading the discussion. Other topics are constitutional carry of weapons and vaccines.
There is a Patriots Academy planned for 4 p.m. Saturday.
The event has been organized in association with Patriot Owned Businesses, a 7,200-member group (find it on Facebook).
Tom Whiteside, a Mitchell County Republican and precinct chairman, said the event wasn’t intended to coincide with what became Patriot Day after the 9/11 attacks.
“That’s the way it turned out,” he said. “I’m sure that will be part of the protocol. It’s a God thing.”
The event has been organized, he said, “a few of us knuckleheads who believe in America and people who are in business for themselves, the entrepreneurs.”
Whiteside said assistance to find a place for the event was provided by Mitchell County Judge Mark Merrell.
This will be the second Mitchell County event, Whiteside said.
“We had a little Trump parade last year,” he said.
Asked how many he expects to attend, Whiteside, “Man, we’ve got no idea. We’ve had people calling from five or six different states who want to come. For the Trump parade, we expected 10 to 20 vehicles and we got a parade four miles long.”
Whiteside said one purpose of the event is “to get people aware. People have been so busy hiding out from COVID. We need to start living again.”
He said people need to be aware of the virus – keep their distances of they see someone sneezing or coughing.
“You don’t have to get up close and slobber back at them,” he said.
Vendors are encouraged to set up their products, and there is no charge.
Whiteside said that allows for advertising local businesses.
“If you make socks, sell your socks,” he said. “Quit buying from China. Buy here in West Texas. People need to wake up.
“Support your local West Texas area. Promote Texas and West Texas.”
Whiteside said Mitchell County Republicans would like to make this “an annual thing.”
Greg Jaklewicz is editor of the Abilene Reporter-News and general columnist. If you appreciate locally driven news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.
If You Go
What: West Texas Patriots Rally
When: Saturday, gates open to the public at 10 a.m., and Sunday, beginning with worship led by Jeff Gore Ministries at 10 a.m.
Where: Ag barns, Mitchell County Fairgrounds, Interstate 20 loop, Colorado City.
Schedule: Begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and continues into the evening with music at 7 p.m. After morning worship and lunch, the rally resumes Sunday at 1 p.m.
Admission: There no charge.
Information: Call 325-242-0567 or 325-242-1159
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