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Update: Gilmer Buckeyes Ring Ceremony



The Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Gilmer Buckeyes Ring Ceremony presented by Brookshires tickets will go on sale Monday, March 15 at First National Bank, Gilmer National Bank and the Gilmer High School Field House.
Tickets cost $5 and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will cost $10 at the door.
The ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 27 at the Gilmer Civic Center. A silent auction of Buckeyes memorabilia will start at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
The Civic Center seats 1,100 people, but only about 600 tickets will be available for sale to the general public due to tickets reserved for players, coaches, their families, and sponsors.
The ceremony will be televised live by Etex and may be simulcast to an overflow outdoor tent if ticket demand warrants.
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Former Buckeyes’ star and current Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Manuel Johnson and Longview native and current Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Malcolm Kelly are also scheduled to appear.
All proceeds earned from the ceremony will go to the Gilmer Athletic Booster Club to help support Buckeyes’ athletic programs.

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