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Mermaids in San Marcos, Big Tex in Dallas and Prada in Marfa.
Whitney Oldfather, San Marcos | Pedernales EC
Blue skies, bluebonnets and Willie.
Pjae Stanley, Little Elm | CoServ
Pam Short Alfred, Kennard | Houston County EC
Big sky and endless horizon.
Autumn Vogel, Elmo | Trinity Valley EC
Beaches, forests, mountains, two time zones, and taking two days to go north to south or east to west.
Debbie Mobley, Valley Mills | Heart of Texas EC
Windmills, sunsets, dirt roads, and cornbread and beans.
Donna Gentry Weeden
Texas longhorn cattle.
The brave men of the Alamo.
William Ordner, Bellville | San Bernard EC
How a chicken fry is one of the five basic food groups.
Judy Womack, Cibolo | Guadalupe Valley EC
Pride, old dance halls, cold beer, and the best barbecue, seafood and Tex-Mex around.
Mark Brooks, Van Vleck | Jackson EC
Colorful characters, history and food.
The best place in the world to live.
Barbara Jones Maxwell
How badly I missed Texas culture the three years that we lived away from here.
Sheryl Jonsson, New Braunfels | Pedernales EC
All the years I wasted living up North.
Gary Joseff, Argyle | CoServ
Betty Bradle, Granite Shoals | Pedernales EC
The Davis Mountains, Austin Hill Country, cowboy hats, horses and bighorn cattle.
Liz Peyton, Crockett | Houston County EC
Don’t mess with Texans—or bless your heart if you do.
Brenda Anderson, Highland Village | CoServ
Country music and real Texas cowboys.
Bee Rose, San Angelo | Concho Valley EC
How we all stand together in the good, bad and downright ugly.
Mary Lomas, Cleveland | Sam Houston EC
All are welcome who will become Texans.
Leon Macha, El Campo | Nueces EC
Diverse, beautiful countrysides, friendly people and wonderful cultures of every country who blend together magically.
Gay M. Carnes, Bandera | Bandera EC
Freedom-loving patriots; people of strong will; hardworking and independent minds who make the most of their free time.
David Fisher, Montgomery | MidSouth EC
Rubbing a mescal bean till hot and chasing my brothers with it, playing with horny toads till they darted away, burying doodlebugs with broken glass for tombstones.
Sherry Harp Hiller, Leakey | Bandera EC
The place that used to be.
John Glyn Wernette, Castroville | Medina EC
My grandmother frying chicken and making gravy to go on homemade biscuits for breakfast.
Elizabeth Holmes, George West | Nueces EC
Boots, barbecue, bluebonnets, cotton-eyed Joe and the wide-open spaces.
Cheryl Ragsdale Fickey, Bryan | Bryan Texas Utilities
“Bless your heart” and being kind to one another.
Debbie Mushaney, Van Alstyne | Grayson-Collin EC
Instilling the pride and history of Texas in your children.
Laurance Munsell, Granbury | United Cooperative Services
I think of variety like no other state: shoreline in the south, deep woods in the east, the flat cotton fields in the northwest, the desert and mountains in the southwest.
Jane Patterson, Texarkana | Bowie-Cass EC
The greatest place on Earth to live.
Richard Hollis, Brenham | Bluebonnet EC
How incredibly lucky we are to call this home.
Nick and Traci Hannah, Granbury | Tri-County EC
I know the ABCs will be right outside my window—armadillos, bobcats, coyotes and deer.
Kit Vaughn, Liberty Hill | Pedernales EC
Annette Wilbourn, Quitman | Wood County EC
The word proud, and it warms my heart.
Sherry Chisum, Hemphill | Deep East Texas EC
Fightin’ Texas Aggie football games.
Joy Miller, Burnet | Pedernales EC
Clear, cool Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country and listening to Willie Nelson while eating barbecue with all the fixin’s.
Tammy Jo Blackwell, Fredericksburg | Central Texas and Bandera ECs
Everything. We’ve got it all: desert, prairie, canyons, mountains, rivers, lakes, swamps, beaches, ocean. And cuisine from just about anywhere.
All good things.
Amazing Texas wines.
Laurie Stevens Ware
Lone Star beer and barbecue.
Big. Y’all can drive all day and still be in Texas.
Home … on the range, mesas, rivers.
Jennifer Weatherly, Crockett County | Southwest Texas EC
The promised land on Earth (except in the heat of summer).
Janna York Wood
Mattie Woodfin Borders
Living in heaven.
Weather ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, all in one day.
Bluebonnets and Ennis polka festival.
The mountains, piney woods, Gulf Coast and plains.
The San Antonio River Walk.
Melody Rose Shupp-Saenz
Diversity—of land, weather and people.
Kathy Skypala Margrave
Of how hot it is here in Nacogdoches.
Warm weather, country music, kind people and fellowship.
Black gold, Texas tea.
Dawn Schaefer Hunter
Those seventh grade Texas history teachers who for decades have shared their love and knowledge of the people who built this great state.
Donna Hector, Wimberley | Pedernales EC
Heading for a fishing hole with my son riding shotgun and a couple of cow dogs in the back.
Rebecca Bottlinger, Boerne | Bandera EC
Deborah Suzanne Gonzalez
Air you can drink.
Pat Butler, Murchison | Trinity Valley EC
The spirit of taking a problem and solving it.
Sunrises and sunsets from my deck in the Texas Panhandle.
Heidi Phelps, Howardwick | Greenbelt EC
Diversity in people and geography.
Donna Angers, Smithville | Bluebonnet EC
Cindy Cousins Aspin
Vast opportunities to succeed, splendid terrains that encompass every ecosystem and, best of all, the story behind the phrase “Come and take it.”
Lisa Flowerree Bigon
Hot summers and hurricanes in the Gulf.
Pastures blanketed with bluebonnets, firewheels and paintbrush.
Heather Campbell, Farmersville | Farmers EC
Norman Pickett, Celina | CoServ