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TPWD News Release — April 30, 2009

Big Bend Ranch Fiesta cancelled due to swine flu concerns

PRESIDIO, Texas — Because of public health concerns about swine flu, all organized tours and activities connected with the Fiesta at Big Bend Ranch State Park have been cancelled. The free barbeque lunch set for Saturday, May 2 and all tours and activities set for Friday-Sunday, May 1-3 have been cancelled. However, the park remains open to the visiting public, with free admission and overnight camping Friday-Sunday.

Due to the public health emergency declared by Gov. Rick Perry throughout the state, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department leaders decided to cancel the event in accordance with health guidelines issued by state and federal health officials.

To TPWD’s knowledge, there have been no reported cases of swine flu in the Big Bend area. The Fiesta cancellation is a proactive step to safeguard public health and safety. Officials are discussing how and when to reschedule the event, and that decision will be announced at a later time.

The Fiesta had been arranged to showcase expanded public access and new visitor opportunities at Big Bend Ranch State Park. More information is on the park Web page.

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