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Tyler, Texas Firefighter Challenge Event via Facebook
Tyler, Texas Firefighter Challenge Event via Facebook
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National Firefighter Combat Challenge Comes to Tyler on Oct. 23-25

Firefighters from around the nation will be in Tyler to compete in the annual National Firefighter Combat Challenge at Broadway Square Mall beginning Thursday. This competition pits firefighters against one another racing through a course that is designed to simulate some of the day to day obstacles that firefighters face while fighting fires.

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Rose Festival, Rose Parade, Yamboree & More Happenings In East Texas

There's definitely not a shortage of things to do in East Texas this weekend!

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The Average Person Spends $77 on Halloween

Have you added up how much you spend on costumes and candy?  The National Retail Federation says those things plus the decorations and pumpkins to carve, add up to $77.52 per person.  That's plenty, but if you have kids doesn't that actually seem a little low?  

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The Person Who Created The Famous Longhorn Sign Has Passed Away

Anyone know where that Hook 'em Horns sign came from?

A University of Texas cheerleader first flashed that famous Hook 'em Horns sign at a pep rally in 1955 before Texas played TCU, and it didn't take long before it became associated with UT at spots around the world.  It's gone hand-in-hand with Longhorn games for the past 59 years, and it's even been turned upside down by fans of a few rival schools.

The person that created the sign has passed away at the age of 87.

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The Texas A&M Cannon Will Fire Again

A touchdown in College Station means you'll hear the boom, right?  It's been a tradition for 30 years to set off a cannon each time the Aggies score a touchdown.  But the cannon was silenced last weekend because of "safety concerns" at the new and improved Kyle Field.

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We’re Bringing Jack Hanna’s ‘Into the Wild LIVE’ to Tyler on Nov. 16

Jack Hanna, one of the world's most famous zookeepers and animal handlers, is bringing his 'Into the Wild LIVE' show to Tyler, and we want you to get tickets before anyone else!

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Worker Escapes A Lion At The Dallas Zoo

Having a job working with animals at a zoo has to be sort of similar to a security guard watching security cameras all day. Most of the time everything is calm and serene and just fine, and very little happens

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State Fair of Texas Announces Food Finalists

One thing is for sure at the State Fair of Texas.  There will be no shortage of calories, and deep fried things on a stick.

The State Fair announced the finalists this week for the Big Tex Choice Awards, which picks the best-tasting new inventions that will be available at the State Fair this year.  Fried Sriracha Balls anyone?

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Alcohol Sales At Gun Shows In Texas? It’s Possible.

Up until now, if a gun show was held at a venue that allows alcohol, drink sales were suspended during the show.

But soon you may be browsing around at a gun show with a beer in hand, if you're so inclined.

And you have a chance to weigh in on the proposal.

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Would You Pick A Certain Day To Get Married Because The Date Is Cool?

Do you geek out about numbers at all? I remember 7-7-07 and 8-8-08 being big days for weddings, and maybe some c-sections too. Happy sixth birthday to those kids in a few weeks.

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A Short Drive Gets You To The What-A-Melon Festival This Weekend

Texas knows how to throw a festival that centers on food!

We've got the Tomato Fest in Jacksonville, the Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches, and this weekend it's all about watermelon in Center.

If you don't mind the hour-and-a-half drive, you'll be able to sample some watermelon, hear live music, ride carnival rides, and benefit a bunch of East Texas non-profits.

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July 4th Fireworks In + Near Tyler

There's nothing like celebrating the Fourth of July than with a great fireworks show. And thankfully we've had some great (and rainy!) weather this year in Tyler and East Texas, so that means fireworks will be blowing up all over the area this weekend.

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