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January 2022 Photo Contest

Focus on Texas: Fired Up!

Readers have lots of reasons to get excited or turn up the heat

Whether getting the grill ready for a barbecue or watching the big game, Texans love to get fired up. So put another log on the fire and gather ’round because these offerings are smokin’.

Patty Dishman, Pedernales EC: “The hot air balloon festival in Horseshoe Bay always fires me up for great photo opportunities.”

photo of firefighters silhouetted against a fire

Tonya Carlin, CECA: “Being a mother of a firefighter, this photo represents the brotherhood shared between these individuals.”

photo of bucking horse with rodeo rider

Caden Wilson, United Cooperative Services: Cowtown rodeo.

photo of horses racing

Elizabeth Vivanco, Karnes EC: “Summer quarter horse racing at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds is always the best, especially when I’m cheering on my husband (LV on the red helmet).”

photo of skydiver landing with large American flag

Judy Bishop, Rita Blanca EC: Honoring the American flag at the XIT Rodeo and Reunion.

photo of firemen fighting fire

Linda Cox, MidSouth EC: “A big Texas holler for our first responders.”

photo of young girls with swords jumping

J. Littleton, Pedernales EC: “The girls are a force to be reckoned with.”

night photo of balloon lit up with burner

Jeff Walston, Cherokee County EC: “A pilot fires up his burners during the spectacular display of color called the balloon glow at the Great Texas Balloon Race at the East Texas Regional Airport in Longview.”

photo of girl with amused expression standing in front of fire

Wayne Cox, Cherokee County EC: “My granddaughter, Aareona, getting ready to make some s’mores out at Lake Striker.”

two volleyball team girls jumping and giving high fives

Mike Woehst, Bandera EC: Bella and Kayleigh are fired up at a Fort Worth Christian School volleyball match.

fire pit burning on deck at dusk

Mark Browning, Sam Houston EC: “The fire is lit as the sun sets, enjoying a relaxing evening in East Texas.”