Like tourism, CVB sees spike in activity


Although they have been around over a decade, one Fort Stockton organization is getting busier thanks to the increase in population and visitors.

Crystal Lopez, Director of the Fort Stockton Convention and Visitor's Bureau said that the increase in funding from the hotel/motel tax or the occupancy tax is helping fund all these events.

“We are excited, it's a lot of hard work but we like it,” she said.

Recently the CVB was approved to purchase a new mobile stage to help with their event hosting.

The stage they used previously was two trailers pushed together, which, with the increase in popularity of the events was no longer practical.

The next event the CVB is working on is the Reunion Festival on July 20.

The event will be held in the Visitor's Center parking lot, and Main Street will be closed in front of of the lot from noon until clean-up is compelted the next day.

The CVB has booked a Selena tribute band and vendors for the event. The music will go from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Last year was the first time a concert was held for the event.

Around Midnight, Miss Fort Stockton will be introduced for those attendees who weren't on hand for the formal announcement during that evening's Water Carnival.

Lopez has one CVB employee and, between the two, they are responsible for organizing the event, vendors, permits, scheduling bands, transportation, TXDot concerns and more.

“It's a lot of hosting,” she said.

The CVB is also responsible for bringing back that Main Street Dance last year after a five-year absence. This year's concert will be held Aug. 17 and feature a mix of Spanish and Tejano music.

There will be vendors. The Fort Stockton Downtown Association is partnering in the event.

Lopez is one of the advisors for the downtown association.

On the first weekend in October the CVB will be hosting a fall festival, a two-night event at the Pecos County Colosseum and Civic Center parking lot.

They also have their hands in the livestock show dance, sheep dog trails, water school, road race, rodeo, golf tournaments, little league and more.

“We have gotten great feedback,” said Lopez. “It is great to put on events for locals to come out and enjoy.”