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After 25 years founder of PWFAA retires

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

Twenty-five years ago, an eager Bryan Lake started the Pineywoods Fine Arts Association with nothing but success in mind.

"No, I never thought it would fail," Lake said. "I always thought it would work. "We started this the first year on my kitchen table on easy street in Crockett here. Nobody got paid the first year and a half to two years."

Over the years, the group has brought in big city acts. Everyone from Willie Nelson, the Oak ridge Boys, Neil McCoy to the Charlie Daniels Band.

"We are a cultural mecca," Lake said. "Crockett is in the oldest county in the state. We have a long musical history"

Taking over for Blake will be Glenn Barnheart who has been by Lake's side for the last two years.

"I have learned a lot from Bryan," Barnheart said. "I have learned how to interact with people and how to build the show."

Barnheart said the future of the organization will rely on the educational programs brought in.

"The fact that rural East Texas has access to arts education and also then the general public get's access to top notch performing arts," Barnheart said.

The PWFAA is celebrating their 25th anniversary. For more click here.

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