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The seat of Caldwell County, Lockhart is located northeast of San Antonio and east of San Marcos on Hwy 142 where it meets US 183.

It was named for Byrd Lockhart, who in 1831 received the land that later became the Lockhart townsite as partial payment for his surveying work for the Mexican government.

The agricultural nature of the county economy was reflected in the major businesses in Lockhart in the 1940s: cotton gins and compresses, a creamery, a poultry-dressing plant, a peanut shelling and processing plant, and livestock marketing and shipping facilities.

Now part of the Austin-San Marcos, Texas metro area, population was reported at 7,953 in 1980 and at 9,205 in 1990. In the early 1990s, tourist attractions included a reenactment of the battle of Plum Creek during the annual Chisholm Trail Roundup, the Caldwell County Museum, and Lockhart State Park.

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Wild Hog Festival and Craft Fair Sabinal TX March22-24 The annual World Championship Wild Hog Catching Contest features a two-person team chasing a wild hog in a pen, capturing the hog, placing it in a burlap sack and crossing the finish line in the fastest time.
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Austin Yoga Conference Austin TX May11-12 Mehtab, Kyra Haglund, Charlotte Matsumura, and Gioconda are among the master yoga teachers who will appear at the Austin Yoga Conference.
Cactus Pear Music Festival San Antonio TX July5-15 A classical music festival inspired by the cactus pear margarita.
Texas Renaissance Festival Plantersville TX October12-December1 Men and women decked out in the latest in 16th century Renaissance garb, jousting, juggling, dancing and feasting at the King's banquet hall.