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Crawford celebrates as Bush takes over

Jan. 19, 2001

Inaugural festivities also in works for campus, Waco


Staff Writer

While thousands of Americans from across the country descend upon Washington, D.C., for the inauguration festivities of President-elect George W. Bush, the Texas town of Crawford is gearing up for its own celebration. Crawford, which recently became famous as the home of Bush's new ranch, is hosting its own version of the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball on Saturday.

Several organizations in Waco and at Baylor also have big plans for Inauguration Day.

Waco High School's band sent nearly 70 students to Washington on Wednesday. In addition to attending the inauguration and parade, band members will also give two concerts in the area.

The Baylor chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas has its own inaugural ball planned.

'It's like an inaugural ball with a twist,' said Emily Nicholson, a Lake Jackson sophomore and chairwoman of YCT. YCT members plan on dressing in formal attire to watch the inauguration on television together.

'This is a time for us to sit back and enjoy what's happened,' Nicholson said.

Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. plans on attending the festivities in Washington with his wife, Sue. Many students from Baylor will also be attending the events.

Students in Waco who wish to celebrate at the Crawford ball can expect Texas cuisine and music by Sloppy Joe. The event will be held at the Crawford Community Center Saturday night and tickets can be purchased for $45 by contacting (254) 855-4127.

Proceeds from the ball will benefit students from the Crawford High School Band and the Crawford Boy Scouts, who will be attending the inauguration and parade in Washington.