Kilgore Rangerettes ‘show off’ new line Saturday night

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Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 12:47 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2022 at 8:39 PM CDT
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KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - It’s their first show featuring the eighty-third line. The Kilgore College Rangerettes will be performing in “Showoffs” Saturday evening at Kilgore College. But, it’s more than a performance: it’s also to reveal their new officers for the season.

There are 68 of them altogether, and they will all move as one, even at their first show this season: the Showoffs. Rangerettes Director Dana Blair says their first appearance is a little different.

“Showoffs is kind of a pep rally atmosphere here at Kilgore College. It is open to the public. We are showcasing our brand-new freshman Rangerettes, introducing them, letting them perform for the first time. And then of course, letting our sophomore Rangerettes show the audience how they do it the Rangerette way,” Blair said.

She says the audience will be filled with family members and former Rangerettes, and that’s because “later in the evening, we will meet our brand new Rangerette Officers.”

Blair says Showoffs is a long-standing tradition. “It’s been going on probably since the very beginning. Miss Gussie Nell Davis started that, and it’s just a really fun time of year for us.”

Sophomore Rangerette Abby Tirey says last year’s officers will literally hand over the baton to the new officers based on performance. “Activities that we do, lots of paperwork, lots of assignments that we take part in throughout the course of the summer...and then on Showoffs night, it all comes down to that one moment,” Tirey said.

It goes down something like they’re doing in rehearsal; however, any Rangerettes chosen during this practice are not the real 2022-23 Rangerette Officers. I would say it’s a re-enactment, but it’s really a pre-enactment, so it may look a bit campy since they’re having some fun up there on stage.

The new officers won’t be revealed until Saturday night, live. It may even make you wonder if the term “handing over the baton” originated right here in Kilgore. If you watch the show, you’re sure to get a kick out of it.

Showoffs will be held at 7:30 p.m. on August 20 at Kilgore College’s Dotson Auditorium, and it’s free for anyone to attend. But, if you can’t make it, the show will also be streamed online: