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2012-03-15

Native son exemplifies true meaning of community

Special to the Courier

The tall, thin man in the white hat visible everywhere at the 10th annual Wild Hog Explosion is event founder and presenting sponsor, Billy Walker, who also serves as "ring boss."

A Bandera native, attorney and owner of Moore Title Company, Walker, while serving as president of the boards of directors for both the Bandera County Public Library and the Boys' and Girls' Club of Bandera County in 2002, introduced the hog catch as a unique and fun fundraiser for the two nonprofit groups.

The lifelong Bandera rancher and certified Master Naturalist sought an event that would capitalize on Hill Country rural life in an explosive, entertaining manner. The first Wild Hog Explosion proved a success and now folks come from across the nation to participate in the wild hog catch.

At present, the event serves as the primary fundraiser for the library, dedicating proceeds to the facility's endowment program.

Taking the time necessary to organize the event and serve as ring boss is typical of Walker's commitment to the community. He has also served on the board of the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce, Cowboy Capital Rodeo Association, Junior Livestock Show Association, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bandera Council for Aging at the Silver Sage Corral Senior Activity Center.

Additionally, Walker operates the family ranch, two hunting preserves and commercial and residential property.

When not working with civic groups, ranching or gardening, Walker practices probate and real estate law in Bandera. One of the handfuls of attorneys in Texas, who is board certified by the State Bar for special competence in both residential and farm and ranch real estate law, Walker also has prepared many wills and trusts for Bandera citizens.

Walker is married to the former Ricky Ruth Meador, whom he met in Bandera Elementary School at age 11. His wife's father, George Meador, was Bandera's only doctor for over 33 years. The couple has two daughters, Roxanne and Rachel, both veteran hog catchers.

The 10th annual Wild Hog Explosion kicks off Friday night, March 16 with pre-registration for the All Bike Rally at the Longhorn Saloon and the Friday Night Feed at Mansfield Park.

The Wild Hog Catch, arts and crafts, music and fun begin on Saturday March 17, when the gates at Mansfield Park open at 10 am.

Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for children ages six to 12 years with children ages five and under admitted free.

For more information, visit

www.wildhogexplosion.com

Volunteers and staff at the Bandera County Public Library is proud to have Billy Walker not only as the presenting sponsor, but as a volunteer ring boss.


Pictured: Bandera attorney - and triple threat - Billy Walker also serves as event founder, presenting sponsor and "ring boss" at the 10th annual Wild Hog Explosion. Walker is pictured with his wife, Ricky Ruth Meador Walker.