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Frio County will host a public ceremony from 10 a.m. onwards Saturday, October 16, at Fireman’s Park in Pearsall to open a time capsule that has been buried for fifty years.
The capsule was sunk into a hole in the county courthouse lawn in 1971 at the time of the Frio centennial and was to have been recovered on May 7, 2021. Locating the buried tube this year, however, took longer than anticipated because its site had not been marked, and the capsule was not discovered until July 16.
Frio-Nueces Current Chief Staff Writer Breyana Segura will be the master of ceremonies for the event. Pearsall’s Junior ROTC will present the colors while former mayor Mary Moore sings the national anthem. Frio County District Clerk Ofelia Trevino will give a welcome, followed by an invocation by First Baptist Church Pastor Brian Blackburn.
County Judge Arnulfo Luna will address those in attendance; 81st District Attorney Audrey Louis will be the guest speaker for the event.
Dr. Robert Gorhum, member of the historical society for Frio County, will say a few words regarding the burial and unveiling of the time capsule and provide some insight into the history of the county.
Ike McKinley, who was instrumental in locating and digging up the time capsule, will also speak, as will Pearsall Mayor Ben Briscoe, before the capsule itself is opened.
Local residents placed letters, mementoes and printed material into the 12’-long PVC tube when it was buried fifty years ago.
Free refreshments will be provided at Saturday’s event.