Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Oct. 12, proclaimed 2021 as the “150 Year - Sesquicentennial - of Aransas County”.

Aransas County was formed in 1871 from a portion of Refugio County. It was named after Rio Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu, a Spanish outpost in early Texas.

The planning for the Sesquicentennial celebration, which is set for June 12-20, has begun.

Monday’s reading of the proclamation was the first official notice of the celebration to come. Similar proclamations will be read Oct. 19 at the Fulton Town Council meeting, and Oct. 27 at the Rockport City Council meeting.

More than 20 entities from across the county are already involved in the planning of the Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Organizers said although specific dates and times are yet to be determined, events such as a parade, fireworks, and an old fashioned county fair are in the works.

Other events include a Founders’ Day Breakfast, Market Days, exhibits at community attractions such as the Texas Maritime Museum, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Fulton Mansion, History Center for Aransas County, and in the Rockport Cultural Arts District.

There will be a stroll that will include the viewing of more than 50 historical markers, actors portraying vignettes of life on the coastal bend in days gone by, and a tour of local cemeteries discovering the names of generations of Aransas County ancestors and founders.

If one would like to volunteer, make a donation, purchase event merchandise, or sponsor an event, or if one would simply like more information, visit www.aransascounty150.org.

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