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Red, White and Buda receive a surprise visitor on July 4

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By CJ Vetter

BOUDA – During the annual Red, White and Buda celebration, the people of Buda received a surprise visit from gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. Stopping by for the festivities, Beto also made a point of being in Hays County on July 4 because of its long Democratic history.

Beto’s arrival in Buda was mostly unexpected, and he first arrived to give a speech at the city’s gazebo on Main Street, before heading to the park with his family to enjoy the festival. His purpose of being in Buda, in addition to wanting to attend Red, White and Buda, was to further develop his grassroots campaign.

“It’s the fastest growing county in America, bar none. It’s where more people are choosing to come across the state of Texas, with 254 counties to choose from. It’s the It’s also the place that I think will ultimately determine the outcome of this election, for governor, for state representative, for majority control of the state legislature,” O’Rourke said.

The Red, White and Buda celebration is a long-standing Buda tradition and features plenty of food, entertainment and fireworks. The day-long celebration began with a parade of bicycles, followed by a fair in the city park. The park has also offered its natural beauty, playground and paddling pool to park visitors. Two live performances by Shinyribs and Jack Ingram also took place, and were soon followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

“It’s the epicenter of democracy in the state of Texas. This is where I want to be on the 4th of July. Where we celebrate the founding ideals of this country, including free and fair elections. So I’m thrilled to be here,” O’Rourke said. “We’re excited to go out there and have fun. We brought our kids so very rarely Amy and I take our kids on the road so we consciously chose this place.”