Place your ad in the Visitor & Tourist Guide 2018!

The Floresville Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Tourist Center is once again updating the Visitor & Tourist Guide for 2018. This is a great opportunity for your business to be represented in this great guide that has not been updated since 2010-11.

I would like to take this opportunity to give you specific details regarding this opportunity to advertise your business or service in this Visitor Guide. The Floresville Visitor & Tourist Center will be printing 5000 copies to be distributed in all local hotels and motels, the Chamber Office, the Event Center, and City Hall. Many of them will be sent to surrounding area Chamber/Visitor & Tourist Centers and given out in Welcome Packets to new home owners. We will be printing the guide on 4 color, 70 lb. gloss stock, and expanding the news, entertainment, history and information about our area.

The decision to purchase space in the Floresville Visitors Guide is one that benefits your business and our community. It is an affordable advertisement that reaches several visitors to our area and covers a two-year period. It allows those that travel to our community to know about you and where to find you! I have listed ad sizes and pricing below. We are pushing to have all ad sales completed by April 1, with printing in May.

Please contact the Chamber office at 830-216-3276, Monday - Friday, if you have questions. This is a great opportunity to place your business or service in this great guide to you and our community. I look forward to hearing from each and everyone of you to make this a successful update and complete guide of what Floresville has to offer.

1/4 Page 3.75 x 5 $225
1/2 Page 7.5 x 5 $390
Full Page 7.5 x 10 $780
Inside Cover 7.5 x 10 $1235
Back Cover 7.5 x 10 $1250
(Chamber Members are members in good standing with paid dues 2017-18)
Membership dues run July 1 to June 30th each year

1/4 Page 3.75 x 5 $275
1/2 Page 7.5 x 5 $490
Full Page 7.5 x 10 $880
Inside Cover 7.5 x 10 $1335
Back Cover 7.5 X 10 $1250

Business of the Month 2017

Recognizing these businesses as "Business of the Month" for 2017:
January — McCoys  •  February — Verna Gorzell, CPA  •  March — Freedom Mowing
April — Wells Fargo  •  May — Flieller Insurance  •  June — Pollok & Sons Surveying
July — Floresville Dental  •  August — HEB  •  September — State Farm Insurance – Joe Moncada
October — Wilson County News   •  November — Sisters

Your Local Chamber of Commerce:
A Powerful Tool For Business Growth.

Chambers of commerce are a powerful tool for your business growth-but every business must advertise that it is  member of the local chamber of commerce to reap the results; Business tend to experience more frequent purchases and positive reviews when consumers are aware of that business's active involvement in the local chamber.
A Membership In Your Local Chamber of Commerce is Priceless.

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Floresville Peanut Festival Parade, 1948

Floresville was named for Don Francisco Flores de Abrego, a rancher who established his ranch about six miles northwest of the current location of Floresville in 1832. In 1833 the nucleus of the present town was founded on land donated by the Flores family; it became the Wilson County seat in 1885.

Flores de Abrego’s ranch followed in a farming and ranching tradition already 100 years old at the time of his settlement. Rancho de las Cabras, or “the goat ranch,” was established near present-day Floresville in the mid- 1700s as a grazing ground for Mission Espada. The rancho was located about 30 miles southeast of Mission Espada, on the San Antonio River, near present-day Floresville.

Rancho de las Cabras was a place to raise cattle to feed the Spanish priests and the Indians who lived at Mission Espada. Missionaries trusted certain Indian vaqueros, or cowboys, to live on the ranch and take care of the animals. These Indian cowboys lived with their wives and children on the ranch. Once a week, seven or eight head of cattle were brought from the ranch to Mission Espada. These were some of the first cattle drives and were quite dangerous due to the hostile Indians along the path. The ranch eventually was shut down because Espada was taken over by the government, relieving the church of the job of feeding the Indians.

Apache raids in the late 1770s caused problems with the rancho system. The Spanish government took over ownership of unbranded cattle in 1778 and in the early 1800s, the rancho lands became the property of the people who had been living there and of new settlers to the area.

All of the animals in the rancho had a different purpose other than meat and there was often a surplus. Oxen plowed, cattle produced hides, soap, grease, and horns for carving and other uses. Horses provided were used for transportation and helped to herd livestock. Cattle, sheep, goats (although there weren’t many) and pigs were food. Sheep provided wool, and goats produced milk.

On September 15, 1995, the National Park Service acquired a small section of the former ranch from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It is now a a part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Parks. The park service plans to restore the Rancho de las Cabras if they can get the money. In 2015, the United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed collectively San Antonio's five Spanish collonial missions and the Rancho de las Cabras in Wilson County as a World Heritage Site.

Today, with a growing season of 285 days, Floresville is a marketing point for watermelons, flax, cotton, beef cattle, dairy and poultry products. A huge peanut on the courthouse lawn recognizes the peanut crop grown in the area and the community’s annual Peanut Festival.

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