Possum Walk raises funds for church
On Saturday, June 18, blue skies and sunshine greeted the group of 41 entries who took part in the 20th annual Possum Walk/Run sponsored by St. Peter’s by the Lake Episcopal Church, located 3128 Park Road 36 at Possum Kingdom Lake.
As participants followed the Brazos River Authority Hiking/Biking Trail to Johnson Peak, the shaded paths of Johnson Mountain offered a little relief from the temperature which rapidly climbed from the mid-70s to more than 90 degrees, with only an occasional warm breeze.
“This is definitely one of the muggiest days that I can remember,” said Tammie Callicott, who has organized and participated in the event for the past twenty years. “The paths have changed a few times over the years. Last year’s walk was held strictly on the road, due to all the rains. The trail on Johnson Mountain would not have been passable last year and it is really nice to be able to use it this year.”
The BRA Trail is four-miles long and coincidentally begins just past the parking lot across the road from the church. Most of the nature trail was dry, however, there were a few places that had to be tip-toed around.
There was a variety of colorful wildflowers along the mountainside and a few deer were spotted in the thickets and also one snake that was black with yellow stripes, but no one claimed to see a possum while on the walk.
Todd Artigue, of Graham, was the first runner to finish the course and arrive back at the church.
Dale and Tammy Marsh, of PK, shared the honor of being the first walkers to complete the journey of the 20th annual Possum Walk. The Marshes have participated in every Possum Walk at St. Peters by the Lake Episcopal Church.
Jo Ann Dent, of PK, won the drawing for the two-night stay at Lush Resort at PK.
“The event raised a little over $1,700, and proceeds will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the 109-year-old church,” Callicott said. “We really appreciate all the sponsors, including Acheba Oil & Gas, LP - Midland; Brazos Native Nursery - PK; Hen House Quilts; C & M Marine - PK Lake; Custom Stone - PK Lake; David Gutierrez Painting - PK Lake; Flying A Farms - Lindsay, OK; Graham Savings & Loan - PK Lake; Groves Mechanical - PK Lake; Kramer Construction - Graham; Lake Kountry Grounds - PK Lake; Lazy S Ranch - Graford; Lee’s Interiors - Graham; Let Us Do It Landscaping - PK Lake; Mobile Blinds-N-More - PK Lake; North Texas Lumber - Graham; Pankey Propane - PK Lake; Lush Resort at PK; Phillips Welding Supply - Weatherford; Possum Kingdom Docks, Inc. - PK Lake; Stitch Too Stitch; Mr. C’s Convenience Store, Naylor by the Water, Ranch Brand Jewelry & More, Sky Camp, Steak Shed; Whataburger; Williams Trew Real Estate - PK Lake; and U. S. Docks - PK Lake; and those who volunteered to help with the event.”
After the walk, everyone was welcome to stay for hot dogs and chips.