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As Big As Texas continues on, festival-goers are taken through a sample of the events and organizations to visit between concerts on the second day of festival fun.

Experiences were set up around the fairgrounds including chainsaw art, photo opportunities, car shows and more! The standout experience at the center was the silent auction. Overseen by Leo Bello, the selection of signed memorabilia included everything from sports to entertainment. 

“We have a lot of goodies here, especially Houston teams.” Bello said, “We got the hottest players, C. J. Stroud, Nico Collins and former Texans Hunter Johnson.”  

On the entertainment side of things, instruments used by famous artists were abundant. Guitars from Hank Williams Jr., Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran were featured, with a donated guitar signed by Cody Johnson being one of the highlights. All the funds from the silent auction go towards the funding of several non-profits featured on-site. 

One of these non-profits, Yes to Youth is a local organization that offers counseling, shelter and support to youth and families going through crisis.  

“What’s unique about us is that we don’t charge for any of our services,” member of Yes to Youth Terry Holloway said. “We have offices all over Montgomery County for our counseling services in Conroe, the Woodlands and Magnolia.”

Yes to Youth is celebrating its 45th year of service to the community and is always looking for new members. Kelli Reny, another member, mentioned those looking to help support Yes to Youth’s goals can do so through donations or volunteer service as they are always looking for people with time, talent and treasures.

Other attractions included artists, with a mural festival-goers can see on the final day in completion, pig races and performances from Lil’ Wranglers.

Alongside the Lil’ Wranglers was another dancing group, Honky Tonk Traditions. This group from the Dallas Fort Worth area is dedicated to the teaching of Honky Tonk traditions, etiquette and history in response to problems with modern country dancing.

“You see a lot of these places are not playing country music, don’t have any dance floor etiquette. There’s people getting hurt, people just not following basic respectful rules,” co-founder Meda Chrapkaite said.

Honky Tonk Traditions have been invited by Big As Texas to come out and teach polka, two-step and waltz to festival goers throughout all three days of festival fun. Besides the steps and rules, Honky Tonk Traditions wants participants to understand the importance of community and culture.

Make sure to check out Cooglife’s coverage of the third and final day of Big As Texas!

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