Toss in some horses and that would be what commonly is perceived as an ideal gathering for most Texans.
Instead, on Saturday, many Bee Countians will load up in their pickups and cars and make the short ride north to Normanna.
The big occasion is the Normanna Volunteer Fire Department’s 40th anniversary celebration.
The highlight will be a gun raffle featuring such valuable weapons as a Ruger 50th anniversary NRA 1022 and a Thompson, 1927 A-1 semiautomatic “Tommy Gun.”
If those and other special rifles and pistols being provided by Americana Arms were not enough incentive to attend — tickets are expected to sell out before the firefighters hold the raffle — the fun, family-style event also will feature a barbecue, cake auction and kids games.
All of the money raised will go to help the small fire department, which had suffered some financial setbacks, make needed repairs and continue to grow in this busy, Eagle Ford region.
For those who would like to help Fire Chief Sam McCoy, Assistant Chief Lyle Sanders, Secretary/Treasurer Tracie Sanders and the other firemen, such as former Sheriff Bob Horn, just show up about noon Saturday at the Normanna Fire Department property at 100 S. Bee St., and take along your purses and wallets.
Many longtime residents will remember the Normanna Days events held decades ago, which regularly attracted large crowds for Lander Blackwell’s barbecue, kiddie parades and Mr. and Mrs. Normanna contests.
The fire chief and others who love the community and its laid-back lifestyle want to remind people of those days and the festival.
“I am hoping with what we have done it will help bring the community back the way it used to be,” Sanders said.
Judging from the interest of gun enthusiasts around the area, these Normanna folks have a great shot.