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The Bandera County Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala honored groups and individuals on Friday, Jan. 31, at the Farm County Club near Medina.

The chamber presented awards in eight categories of community service.

One group, the Bandera Wranglers, won two awards – the Cowboy Capital Award and the Wilton Crider Cowboy Preservation Award.

Chamber representative Kelly Smith said the gala has been around for more than 20 years, and the chamber since 1957.

“The chamber started the gala to honor people who give to our community and seek to keep the cowboy way alive. The chamber’s goal is to support local businesses and help Bandera grow,” she said.

A nearly full house of people attended the event.

The other categories and winners were:

• Citizens of the Year Award-Troy and Karen Konvicka.

• Business Community Service Award-Buddy’s Septic and Water Well Service.

• Volunteer of the Year Award - Janice Taylor.

• Directors’ Award-David and Susan Odom

• Ambassador of the Year-Christine Morse

• Director of the Year-Lia Cloudt

Bandera Wranglers President Nick Cannon said the organization started about a year ago and now has about 100 members.

“Our mission is to bring the community together to support those in need of support,” he said, adding the Wranglers appreciate the awards.