Dr. Brian Bishop is from a small town in East Texas, Gilmer, population 5,134. Every year in October they hold the Yamboree. Surrounding cities all come to the Gilmer town square to celebrate. The Yamboree consists of the Barn Dance, Concerts, Parade, Livestock & Ag Mechanics Show and of course the Queen’s Coronation and Queen’s Race & contest where the Queen is determined. As well as a daily carnival for most of the week.
Dr. Bishop was escort to two Yamboree queens. One being his sister, Jennifer in 1989. Seven local civic clubs ask a young lady who resides in Upshur County and is completing her Junior year of High School, to represent them as their upcoming East Texas Yamboree Queen Candidate. They race is a rigorous 12 day event where each candidate raises money for the East Texas Yamboree and many youth scholarships. Young Dr. Bishop has fond memories of the Yamboree, the family memories of when his sister was Queen, and of talking baseball with future president George W. Bush (then part owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team), who was keynote speaker at the Yamboree during Dr. Bishop’s senior year in high school.