J.D. and Shirley Cook began spending about half their year in Victoria, Texas, nine years ago, the Victoria Advocate reported.

They first chose to come to Victoria because it is in the Crossroads and close to many big cities, J.D. Cook, 45, said.

“We stayed in a few places, and we found that we liked Victoria best,” he said. “It’s an hour-and-a-half from everything in the world. It’s perfect.”

The couple, who have been married for 25 years, relax as Winter Texans: people who stay in Texas during the winter months and spend the rest of their year running a custom airbrush art business. They spend their winters at Dad’s RV Park on Hopkins Street hanging out with locals and other Winter Texans.

Winter Texans play their part contributing to the local economy because they make Victoria their home while they are here. The Cooks have a dual membership at the YMCA and Citizens HealthPlex.

About 10 Winter Texans are staying at Southbound RV Parks and Cabins off U.S. 59 this winter, owner Chris Ragsdale said. The number has doubled from last year.

Winter Texans help the area economy by millions of dollars, J.D. Cook said.

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