How to Raise a Texan

What does it mean to raise a Texan? It’s a critical question but one that’s not so easy to answer. We know it’s much more complex than a family trip to the Alamo or a well-taught seventh-grade Texas history class. And we know that it means different things to different people, that there are as many ways to raise a Texan as there are kinds of Texans. And yet, it’s also evident that some common denominator binds us all together.

Shelly Roper-McCaslin, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Recruiter

Roper-McCaslin, who lives in Austin, has worked with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for 23 years as a cheerleader, a choreographer, and the lead recruiter.

Growing up, my dad took my brother and me to just about every sporting event in Dallas, from Rangers baseball to Mavericks basketball. But it was the Cowboys football games that I most adored, especially the cheerleaders. As a teen, I loved watching Judy Trammell. I never would have guessed that I’d spend the majority of my career working with her.

The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from a showing of a documentary about Antone’s, Austin’s famed blues venue, to the Texas Ranch Roundup in Wichita Falls. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[August 17–23]

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The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from perusing Larry McMurtry’s literature hoard and a celebration of the historical Texas Rangers to Austin’s nine day Fashion Week event . Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[August 10–August 18]

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The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from a taste of Dallas’ best ‘cue and Shakespeare at Winedale to Houston’s take on the Texas blues scene. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[August 3–August 31]

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The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from a Lady Bird tribute and Weimar’s Babe Ruth League World Series to “creaming” someone at the Biggest Shaving Cream Pie Fight on Earth. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[July 24–August 4]

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The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from Sarah Jarosz’s bluegrass and the Drum Corps International Southwestern Championship to the “World Series” of dog shows. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[July 20–July 28]

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