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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.
Rhonda Hunter

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.
Marge Rea

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.
Linda Schilling

All good things.
Sally Zepeda

Amazing Texas wines.
Laurie Stevens Ware

Lone Star beer and barbecue.
Peggy Hart

Big. Y’all can drive all day and still be in Texas.
Lori Dehmer

Rona Moser

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

Pine trees.
Mattie Woodfin Borders

Oil, prosperity.
Joe Johnson

Living in heaven.
Judy Brown

Weather ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, all in one day.
Ardis Martin

Bluebonnets and Ennis polka festival.
Mary Kubin

The mountains, piney woods, Gulf Coast and plains.
JoelGayle Dyer

The San Antonio River Walk.
Melody Rose Shupp-Saenz

Kenneth Taulbee

Leo Zimmerman

Ivan Line

Diversity—of land, weather and people.
Kathy Skypala Margrave

Of how hot it is here in Nacogdoches.
Dixie Mcglashan

Yellow roses.
Josie Marlar

Warm weather, country music, kind people and fellowship.
Colleen Martin

Black gold, Texas tea.
Dorothy Seel

Sweet tea.
Dawn Schaefer Hunter

Nancy Hogan

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

Mary Anglin

Deborah Suzanne Gonzalez

Air you can drink.
Gayle Tyra

Rolling thunder.
Pat Butler, Murchison | Trinity Valley EC

The spirit of taking a problem and solving it.
Penny Tilley

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

Port A.
JoEllyn Michel

Nancy Keim

Hot brisket.
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.
Bill Beisel

Robert Whitten

Pastures blanketed with bluebonnets, firewheels and paintbrush.
Heather Campbell, Farmersville | Farmers EC

Norman Pickett, Celina | CoServ