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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
Sept. 27, 2018
Inks Lake State Park Hosts Hill Country Heritage Expo Oct. 5-6
BURNET-- Enjoy two days of cultural exhibits, weapons demonstrations and Native American dances at the Hill Country Heritage Expo hosted by Inks Lake State Park. The event is free to the public with park entry fees and runs Oct. 5-6.
The fun is kicking off Friday with a teepee talk interpretive event at 6 p.m., then visitors can groove into the weekend at a historical dance from 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Saturday's festivities begin at 10 a.m. with Dutch oven doughnuts and cowboy coffee and will continue until 5 p.m. Activities happening throughout the day include demonstrations of historic weapons such as the atlatl and flint knapping, displays of 19th century weapons, and Dutch oven cooking from 10 a.m. to noon. In Pioneer Town, visitors can learn the origins of tea, how to make rope, milk a cow and spin wool into yarn.
There will be specialperformances by the Comanche Nation Youth Dancers from Lawton, Oklahoma at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Don't worry about leaving for lunch, Inks Lake has a new food truck and Kona Snow Cone stand that will be selling delicious food during the event.
Attendees also have a chance to visit with members of the Lipan-Apache Band, Buffalo Soldiers, Civilian Conservation Corps, National Wildlife Refuge system and Longhorn Caverns State Park, just to name a few.
A chili cook-off competition concludes Saturday's activities. Visitors will be able to taste samples from the contestants and pick their favorites. Tasting will begin at 4 p.m. and winners will be announced at 5 p.m.
For more information about the event, contact Lindsay Pannell, 512-793-4689, Lindsay.Pannell@tpwd.texas.gov.

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Sept. 27, 2018
Trainings on Chronic Wasting Disease Sample Collection Set in the Panhandle and Trans-Pecos
AUSTIN - As part of Texas' increased chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance effort, state agencies have partnered to provide training opportunities for landowners/managers, taxidermists, and veterinarians on tissue sample collection for CWD testing.
Individuals who complete a 3 hour classroom and hands on workshop will be certified to collect samples from CWD susceptible species, such as white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, red deer and sika under the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Certified CWD Postmortem Sample Collector training program.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TAHC and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have partnered to coordinate two CWD post-mortem sample collector trainings in the Panhandle and Trans-Pecos.
Classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 in Amarillo at the AgriLife Extension Building, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd., and Nov. 17 in Van Horn at the Van Horn Convention Center, 1801 W. Broadway St.
To register for either training class contact Laura Leal with TAHC at (512) 650-0475 or email laura.leal@tahc.texas.gov. Individuals who participated in trainings last year are required to attend this year's training to receive necessary check station supplies. Space is limited to the first 50 participants for each training and registration is mandatory to attend.
Current regulations mandate that CWD susceptible species harvested in parts of the Panhandle and Trans Pecos be tested for the disease. Details on testing requirements under the TAHC herd certification program, and additional information about CWD is available online.