Petticoats on the Prairie this weekend

Petticoats on the Prairie is again coming to West Texas. "Petticoats on the Prairie is a vintage article and antique showcase that West Texas people can come to for the weekend and not have to travel across the state,” explained free-lance designer Cecilia Scott, who with several other women who call themselves the Rodeo Queens, are behind the event. Scott, a Colorado City native who came back to West Texas to live in the family home made from an old church, believes wide open rural spaces foster a greater percentage of creativity than cities.Janie Conley and Cindy Grant of Big Spring met Cecilia at Round Top, the premier vintage and antique show near Brenham. They began to talk about having such an opportunity to showcase the creative talents of women in this area. “There’s a need for this sort of thing here; we want to nurture the artisans here in West Texas,” affirmed Scott.The three women agreed that the location for the event needed to be as attractive and creative as the wares to be offered and when they visited Black Locust Farm near Ira, they knew they had found it. Paul and Fran Farmer, who built a large building as a workshop for making display cases, have turned their place into a venue for weddings, dances and other celebrations. Driving across the prairie and coming upon the cedar-fenced grove of black locust trees, pines and buildings gives one the idea of a mirage.The building had space for 30 vendors, with more situated outside, but the event has grown to have many more vendors, and has now moved to the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in the show barn in Colorado City, located at 1539 West Interstate 20 Business in Colorado City. The vendors cover a wide range from antique items to vintage wares of all types, as well as new items.No such event would be complete without food vendors; these will include barbecue, gourmet hot dogs, fajitas and hamburgers and desserts such as fudge, kettle corn, frozen cherry limeades and pound cakes.Petticoats on the Prairie begins at noon on Friday, Oct. 21, goes until 6 p.m., and continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. Cost is $5 at the gate with children under 12 free.“We are inspired by the creativity and talent here in our area, and we want to inspire others to share their talent, insists Scott.This year, the Rodeo Queens will be presenting "Brunch at the Barn," an early-bird shopping event from 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, Oct. 21. Tickets will be limited, so check often to reserve yours when they go up for grabs. For more information, call 325-728-8870 or  325-242-0206 or e-mail free POTP Shoppers Tote will be available for the first 50 shoppers through the gate each day. Western Suites, 2233 Vine Street in Colorado City is offering a special rate for POTP attendees and vendors. For more information,  call 325-728-4100. You will need to ask for the POTP rate when making your reservation.