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Visit Lubbock’s Top Ten Moments of 2013

Wow! What a year it has been. Although it’s been an amazing 365 days here in the “Hub City” we couldn’t leave out our favorite moments of the year. Here is our complete list of the Top Ten Moments of 2013. Enjoy!

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They love us, they really LOVE us! This year, Lubbock received a Reader’s Choice Award as one of the Top 40 Travel Destinations in Texas by Texas Highways Magazine. With 5 award-winning wineries, a hip art scene and live music every day of the week, it’s no wonder Lubbock cracked the list among Texas Highway readers.

# 9

The National College Baseball Hall of Fame hit another home run in 2013 with the announcement that its new facility will be named after former President George H.W. Busy, who played on two College World Series teams at Yale. The new facility, scheduled to have a ground breaking in June 2014, will be named the George H.W. Bush National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon continues to prove why people from all over the world come to Lubbock for a race. Despite the warm June temperatures, both the men and women set the course on fire, while setting new records. After watching these men and women compete, we understand why these athletes are some of the fittest people on the planet. Read our blog to get a full recap of this year’s event.

Waiting to hit the water.

Waiting to hit the water.

# 7

They came, they saw, they COLORED! In its inaugural year in the “Hub City”, the Color Run brought the “Happiest Race on the Planet” to Lubbock’s Mackenzie Park. More than 30,000 people from around the region came out to experience this colorful race. Be sure to mark your calendar to participate in the next Color Run in March 2014. Here’s a fun video we did at this year’s event.

Color Run 2013

Color Run 2013

# 6

When it comes to hospitality, Texans sure know what they’re doing. This year, Visit Lubbock hosted the Texas Travel Counselors Conference in April. More than 50 delegates and visitor information specialist that work for the Texas Department of Transportation came to Lubbock to learn about our city and our region to be able to better educate potential visitors that travel through our area. They came to learn, but they left as enthusiastic ambassadors for the “Hub City.”

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Thanks to a group of dedicated Lubbockites, the City of Lubbock will welcome a new performing arts center in the next few years. A new performing arts center will help drive Lubbock’s commitment to strengthening our quality of life and providing more entertainment opportunities for the people of Lubbock and our visitors. Here’s an in depth look from the Avalanche Journal.

# 4

Nobody does art like the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) and the First Friday Art Trail. Although we try to make it to the event every month, we were there in January to help them celebrate the 100th First Friday Art Trail. To learn more, read our blog from that highlights one of our trips to the First Friday Art Trail.

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Without messing up a hair on his head, Kliff Kingsbury placed his headset * ahem-his crown * on his head and a new era of Texas Tech football was born. We saw swagger, we got trendy and after a favorable 7-0 start, our Red Raiders are still headed to the Holiday Bowl where they’ll take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. We have two words for our Red Raiders as they prepare for this bowl game: Wreck ‘Em!

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The days of herding cattle and roaming the range on the South Plains are long gone, but there are a handful of city slickers and old-fashioned cowboys that celebrate the simpler days during the annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration. More importantly, it’s always a party when the largest gathering of western heritage comes to West Texas. Packed with storytellers, poets, campfires and chuck wagon food, we’re excited to welcome 25 more years of the Old West at the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration.

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A drum roll only seems fitting for our No. 1 event of 2013. This time, imagine J.I. Allison rolling the drums while Buddy Holly waits to hit the opening chord of The Cricket’s hit song, “That’ll be the Day.” If you want to, we can make it happen.

In celebration of what would have been the late Buddy Holly’s 77th birthday, the Buddy Holly Center opened the doors to the childhood home of J.I. Allison. The house is literally just a flick of a guitar pick away from the museum. We were there to meet J.I. Allison, Sunny Curtis and Joe Mauldin for the grand opening of the Allison home. Complete with original items and furnishings from the Allison family, it is the same home where J.I. and Buddy wrote some of The Crickets most famous songs. Visit once and you’ll see why people believe this is where rock ‘n’ roll was born.

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