Dust Bowl documentary airs on PBS

During the 4-H food competition known as "Choose my Plate,"Ken Burnsâ?? , an Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner, "The Dust Bowl," was shown to members and their parents.

Some people who came to the event recognized some of the people in the film.

The reason?

The film showcases area residents who had gone through "Black Sunday" on Apr. 15, 1935.

The storm featured in Saturdayâ??s showing was nicknamed the black blizzard from simply the amount of dirt moved.

That particular storm moved more dirt through our area in a mere few hours that Sunday afternoon, than the dirt that was moved over the course of seven years to build the Panama Canal.

Some of the attendees to the showcase remembered some of their relatives that had gone through the event.

"My grandparents on my dadâ??s side went through the Dust Bowl here in Texas when they were about 10ish," ã??said Mackenzie Odom a senior at Happy High School.

Some others wanted to sit down with their now passed grandparents to simply ask what went through their head on that dark Sunday afternoon.

"Well, I never spoke to my grandfather about it Black Sunday, but seeing this of residents who lived through it. It makes me whish that when he was alive, I had sat down and asked him more questions," said Pecos Shafer of the Mary Bivins Foundation.

The Mary E. Bivins foundation provided financial assistance in support of the local campaign complimenting the national broadcast of Ken Burnsâ?? documentary film.

The film airs as a two part series beginning Sunday, Nov. 18, at seven in the evening on the local PBS affiliate KACV.

For more information on the "Memories of Black Sunday," and "The Dust Bowl," visit