Levelland Celebrates Early Settler's Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/10/04

Levelland Celebrates Early Settler's Day

The Hockley County Courthouse was surrounded by music and dozens of vendors on Saturday all in celebration of the earliest settlers in Levelland. NewsChannel 11 went to Early Settler's Day to experience this timeless tradition.

"We're celebrating the old timers who have come to Hockley County to settle this for us," explains a Levelland visitor as she enjoys the parade.

Thousands lined the streets surrounding the Hockley County Courthouse for a glimpse at the past.

"It's bringing back the people from the past, the early settlers. It's a great event every year we get 6,000 to 8,000 people here," explains Jim Mara, chairman of the Levelland Chamber of Commerce.

He says that at least 40% of visitors are from out of town.

"Brings back people that have left the area, they come back. It's always a great turn out. We're very pleased with it," he adds.

"I'm not an early settler. I've only been here 16 years. I feel like I'm a newcomer to Levelland," says Sharon Scott.

But she also says that she always feels at home celebrating those who built the town of Levelland from the ground up, including Levelland's oldest living early settler.

"It's Early Settler's Day. I'm an early settler," says Marjorie Pointer, almost 88, who has lived in Levelland since she was 5 years-old. Her father helped build the Hockley County Courthouse with his bare hands.

"My father carried the first lumber for the courthouse over here," explains Marjorie.

And even though the town has changed, she says that today she's been blessed to have seen it grow.

"It's just special that the Lord has let me live this long," she adds.

More than 8,000 visitors attended Saturday's festivities. Events continue throughout the evening and end with a street dance at 8:00 p.m.

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