Andrews Centennial Weekend Comes to an End

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - From Elvis impersonators to street dances, people in Andrews County spent the weekend celebrating their 100 year anniversary.

On Sunday morning, they wrapped up the festivities with a chuck wagon breakfast and gospel singing.

"There's a beauty here that's not like any place else, but it is still God's country," singer Joni Reese said.

Reese isn't originally from Andrews County, but like many other's, she now proudly calls it home. She was happy to participate in their Centennial Celebration.

"To be a part of this centennial celebration is an honor," Reeves said. "Especially, to be able to sing God's praises with the other believers in the community."

People came from all over to enjoy the concerts, dance and the all city school reunion.

Still on Sunday morning, the weekend's festivities had come to an end. Andrews' grad, Earlene Broyles, took the time to remember her favorite home town memories.

"Would you believe I remember the Golden Jubilee because I've been here since 1955," Broyles said. "I remember going to school and we got to wear the long dresses like the pioneer ladies did. And it was against the law for the guys to cut their beards. They had to have these pioneer-looking beards and it was just a lot of fun."

However, others say they're looking to the county's future.

"I think they'll just keep going," Centennial Chairman Gary Gatson, said. "I know I won't, but we really look forward to a growing community."

"I hope it keeps growing and keeps up with the old west and stuff," Benney Thompson said. "I hope."

Whatever the future holds, Reese says she's proud of what Andrews County has become.

"There's not a lot of water, although the duck pond does fill up when it rains," she said. "But if you're looking for a place where you can raise your children, and plug into a church of your faith with good schools and great people. This is the place to be."