Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott coming to Stephenville to celebrate the city’s Main Street program.

Updated: 4 days ago


Cecilia Abbott

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Stephenville will host a special guest in October to celebrate the city’s induction into Texas’ Main Street network.


Cecilia Abbott - the First Lady of Texas – will join city officials in a ceremony at the Erath County Courthouse at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Julie Smith, manager of the Stephenville Main Street program, emailed a press release to Beneath the Surface News about the program’s impact.


“Since entering the program in 2021, Stephenville has supported downtown businesses and expanded the Saturday Farmer’s Market,” the release states. “Additionally, Stephenville Main Street has strengthened partnerships with Tarleton State University and other organizations, as well as planned several special events to promote downtown businesses and increase visitation.

“Downtown Stephenville has had six private-sector rehabilitation projects, four public-private projects and a net gain of eight businesses and 22 jobs.”


Since 1981, every Texas First Lady has participated in the First Lady's Main Street Tour, an event that features a public ceremony with her remarks and a reception to celebrate the community’s entrance into the statewide Main Street program