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+ Page 6C Black Friday The Black Friday tradition is alive and well in Hays County. Stores such as Target, Kohls, H-E-B and Cabela's in the Buda- Kyle area had people camp- ing out on the sidewalks beginning the evening of Thanksgiv- ing. See page 4D for more photos, Hay! Continued from pg. 1C Claus will also be on hand to meet with children. There is no entry fee. All proceeds benefit local chari- ties. Vallejo said he's been buy- ing hay from anywhere he can, from North Dakota to Florida and points in be- tween. "I've done this practically all my adult life, and this is the worst I've seen it. It's scarce," he said. "It's been a very, very interesting summer, and it's going to be an inter- esting winter for us in the hay business. Everybody's strug- gling." In the summer months, he said he usually gets a load of 3,000 to 4,000 square bales a week from his main producer in South Texas. This summer, though, he got only 420 bales a week from him. The price has also nearly doubled since last year, when hay was plen- tiflfl and he was paying $7.50 to $8 a bale, he added; "It's just been one of them years," he said. Central Texas growers produce much of their hay from coastal bermuda grass, but Vailejo said the hay he's been importing is made from timothy grass or a timothy alfalfa mix. "Central Texas people think bermuda is king, but up north they think our bermuda is to feed the goats," he said. "They think there's no quality to this hay." Vallejo said he's just happy he can still provide the hay to Budafest. "Thank God that we're going to be able to supply them," he said. "That's the main thing, that everybody's happy." Odds & Ends Continued from pg. 1C The families of Margaret Holt gathered in the Ray Patterson home for a Thanks- giving Day of good food and visiting. Did you get all your trash piles burned? Noticed where a lot of folks took advantage of the lifting of the burn ban. The Christmas party for St. John Lutheran Women's Guild will be held at the home of Barbara Hanna on Saturday; Dec. 10 with a carry-in lunch followed by a program and party. There will be no meet- ing on Dec. 3. Get well wishes and prayers are sent to Jean Collier. Jean spent a few days in the hos- pital and has returned home. Take care, Jean. AUSTIN 1 mile S. of Exit 1991-35 NEW BRAUNFELS 830-743-1293 Hays PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ @ Free Press I November 30, 2011