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COTTONWOOD SHORES — OK, the date of the first ever Cottonwood Rocks festival is still a week or two away, but sometimes you just want to shout about something new and cool.

At least that’s how Mary Ann Plumlee and her husband, Bill, feel about this event.

“We just want to pull people together and have a good time,” Mary Ann Plumlee said. “This is an opportunity for Cottonwood Shores to have a celebration and let people see the town for the great place it is.”

And those people might be surprised by what they find in the lakeside community. Recently, volunteers helped paint city offices, cut trails at one of the parks and give the bike and skate park a facelift.

Things are changing for the better, Cottonwood Shores advocates say.

Cottonwood Rocks, which takes places 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 18 on the grounds of the Cottonwood Shores Municipal Library and the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department, located on the corner of Oak Lane and Cottonwood Drive, offers residents and visitors alike a chance to gather and have a good time. Plus, it’s benefiting two great organizations in the community: the library and the volunteer fire department.

The Plumlees are excited about the event, which features vendors and fun from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a concert by Wesley Westbrook wrapping up the night from 6-10 p.m.

While “Cottonwood Rocks” quickly brings to mind a musical genre, Plumlee laughed about the name and coming up with it.

“Every festival has to have a hook,” she explained. “The Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet has bluebonnets. Marble Falls LakeFest has the boats. We needed something to kind of set this apart. So we began looking around Cottonwood Shores and seeing what we had a lot of.”

A stroll along the park or near the shores of Lake Marble Falls reveals Cottonwood Shores has a lot of interesting rocks and rocky outcroppings.

Plus, the name just sounds good. Kind of just rolls off the tongue: Cottonwood Rocks.

While you still have plenty of time to get the date on your calendar (and don’t say we didn’t give you a good heads up), people interested in helping out or setting up a vendor’s booth should contact organizers as soon as possible. You can do this through the events Facebook page at or call the Plumlees at (830) 798-8645.