A flurry of events this Labor Day weekend kicks off the fall tourist season.

They include a film festival, first-time fishing at Wheeler Branch Reservoir and “The Promise” of a free performance for residents of the long-running passion play.

The second-annual Neo-Relix Film Festival will be held from Friday through Sunday at four venues around town. (See pages A5-6 and B5 for film summaries and schedules.) Tickets are available at the Neo-Relix festival headquarters at 111 Elm St.

Wheeler Branch Reservoir opens for fishing for the first time on Thursday. Only 15 boats are allowed on the lake at one time and Thursday already is booked. However, some reservations are still be accepted for Friday and this weekend. To get your name on the list, call the reservoir gatehouse at 254-898-2805.

Only boats with trolling motors (no gas-powered engines) will be allowed, as well as canoes and kayaks.

The gate will open at 7:30 a.m. County residents will pay $10 per boat and $4 for bank fishing. Those who live outside the county will pay $20 per boat and $8 for bank fishing. Canoes and kayaks are not charged a boat fee.

The major game fish in the lake are small-mouth bass, catfish and walleye.

Saturday night is "Somervell County Night" as The Promise begins its new season. General admission seating is free to all county residents with proof of residency, such as a driver's license or voter registration card. Out-of-town family and friends can get in for $5 off per ticket .

For more information, call 254-897-3926 or visit ISawJesus.com.