Ranger hosts 12th Annual Roaring Ranger Days
By: Sierra Wells
Roaring Ranger Days returned to Ranger, Texas, on Sept. 17-18. With its new location at the Old Ranger Sale Barn, this year’s celebration was unlike any other.
The annual festival has grown in both size and attendance.
A wide variety of vendors from around the Cross Timbers area came to sell jewelry, clothes, home décor, art, food and more.
Joyful Candle Holders owner Jaime Kepner heard about Roaring Ranger Days on Facebook and decided to bring a booth to the event. She sold hand-painted candle holders made out of wine glasses.
Though this was Kepner’s first time at the festival, it most likely will not be her last.
“I actually really like it here, so we were just talking about how we want to come back here next year,” she said.
Lady Bird Pearl Cottage Bakery owner Trina Etier also saw the event advertised on social media. Her booth sold desserts and clothing.
“I have macaron cookies; they’re hand-made. I’m a cottage bakery, so it’s out at my house. And, I have the t-shirts,” Etier said. “I saw it on Facebook, and I’d already gone to a farmer’s market here in Ranger, so I thought I’d come out and check it out.”
Though there were many new faces at this event, many of those in attendance had already experienced the festivities in previous years.
Independent stylist Angela Blais, who used to live in Ranger, has attended Roaring Ranger Days in the past. She had a booth for Ruby Ribbon, a bra-replacement company.
“A lot of women hate their underwires, so it gives them a wire-free bra, it gives you lift and support and takes away the back pain and compresses you 1-3 inches,” Blais said.
Along with the booths, the event featured a Cow Chip Throwing Contest, Corn Hole and Horseshoe Tournaments, Western Wear Contest, a car show and more. Community members enjoyed live music by Tim Wood and Rachel Stacey.
If you are interested in attending Roaring Ranger Days in the future, this event repeats yearly on the third Saturday of September.