Hallsville is a city in Harrison County, Texas, United States, located 13 miles (21 km) west of the county seat, Marshall on U.S. Highway 80. The population was 3,775 at the 2010 census.
Bobcat Stadium at Hallsville High School
Location of Hallsville, Texas
Started in 1972, in an effort to raise funds for the city park, Lawrence and Eulyne LaFoy, along with a group of other citizens, had the idea of holding a horse show and tack sale. The local riding club, the Chamber of Commerce and the city came forth to execute the LaFoy's idea. Hallsville's goal was to raise funds for a matching government grant for the beautification and updating of the city and celebrate living in the Hallsville community. Trophies were donated, entry fees were donated and the funds went to the city park. From that beginning a Western Days committee was formed and have carried on the tradition since. The event opens (Usually the first Weekend in October) on Friday morning when students and staff of Hallsville High School come to school in western attire and activities are held on the campuses. Western Days has grown from a one-day event to a three-day event. The three-day event includes a street dance, parade, arts and crafts booths, chili cookoff, bike decorating contest, live bands, Fun Run, Civil War Reenactment, and the Miss Hallsville Western Days Program. Miss Hallsville Contestants are introduced at around 7:00 PM prior to the Friday night Hallsville Bobcat football game in Bobcat Stadium.
In 2006, the decision was made to set the date for Western Days as the first weekend in October every year, while it had previously been planned around a home football game weekend.
The "H" Association was founded in 1933 at Hallsville High School by Ben Pannell. Pannell was the athletic coach and Hallsville High School principal.
The annual "H" Association banquet is held the Saturday before Easter each year H Association members and Hallsville Lettermen from all over the area attend this annual banquet. Each year at this banquet, the new inductee or inductees are announced. Also, the athlete of the year (who is chosen by the Hallsville coaches) is announced, which started in 1950.
In 1963 an "H" Association board of trustees was formed. Hulon Blalock, Joel Dorsey, Winnifred Haggard, William Lawrence, Bill Dick Parker, Elgin Poole, Willie Steven, D.M Summers, Pres Young and Edd Young were elected to the board. Edd Young was elected as chairman and remained chairman till his death on January 2, 2002. Harrison County Commissioner, James Greer was elected to take his place as chairman in 2002.
In 1963 the board started the "H" Association Hall of Fame. After determining a crteria for inductees, Bill Dick Parker, Joel Dorsey, and Neal Henigan were chosen as the 1963 indutees, In the preceding years, the following former athletes from Hallsville have been inducted into the Hall of Fame: 1964, Ross "Larry" Parker, Perry "Peck" Bunt, Barney Oliver; 1965, Clayton "Shag" Coon, Hulon Blalock, Edd Young; 1966, Clyde Kinsy, Murray Know, Brad Horner; 1967, Dick Hays; 1968, James Greer; 1969, Votto Gaddis, Ed Ferges, Corky Ford; 1970. Gene Palmer, Randle Walker; 1971, Mike Buchanan, Lindsey Roberts; 1972, Rueben Bussey, Bobby Price, Avery Downing; 1973, Maurice Jones; 1974, Coach Ben Pannel, Roy Green, Bobby Hunt, Stanley Lawrence; 1975, James Brack, Bobby Mowrey, Jerry Malone; 1976, Pres Young, Rex Scroggins, Dick Ford; 1977, Robert Knight; 1979, Jackie Walker, Gregg McNeal; 1980, Windy Haggard, Syd Keasler, Zell Roberts, Wilber Ingram; 1981, Kenny Rowe, Martin Luther King Jr, Danny Malone; 1982, Jimmy Killion, Gene Grammer; 1983, David Powell, Jerry Bunt; 1984, Doug Floyd, Ken Jones; 1985, Mike Trice, Scooter Taylor; 1986, Brian Koechel, Bryon Lawrence; 1987, Donald Taylor; 1988, Jimmie Tallant; 1989, Tommy Roberts; 1990, Chris Shafer, Larry Gideon; 1991, Randy Clark, Clifford Shaw; 1992, Jimmy Lynn Grimes, Ricky Lawrence; 1993, Linty Ingram; 1995, Jeff Brownlee, Ron Gideon; 1996, John Martin; 1997, Rob Floyd; 1998, Steve Green, Patrick Gill; 1999, J.B. Rodgers; 2000, Les Langley; 2001, Rodney Flake; 2002, Donnie Muckleroy