Diamond Jubilee activities seeking record participation

A pageant, parade, fireworks display, dance, carnival and the 75th anniversary of the annual July Jubilee will set the stage this year for one of the largest events in McCulloch County history. With the annual Fourth of July parade topping 130 entries last year, the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce is asking for help from the public to break the record and surpass 150 entries this year. Baseball teams, basketball teams, pageant participants and winners, antique cars, bikes, roller skates, four wheelers and go carts are all welcome in this year’s parade. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce is cordially inviting all past Miss Heart of Texas pageant winners to participate in the parade with a special invitation to the oldest living Miss Heart of Texas to serve as this year’s Grand Marshall. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 30 at Memory Lane. “We would like to remind all parade participants to have plenty of water available for those on their floats,” said Chamber EVP DeLaine Poe. On Saturday night the Chamber will welcome San Angelo’s own, R.U. Redy, to Brady. The group, which has opened for Doug Supernaw, will be performing at the G. Rollie White Complex from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Chamber office located at 101 East First Street in Brady. Ticket prices are $7 in advance and $8 at the gate. The dance is BYOB, and no glass containers will be allowed. The fireworks extravaganza will get underway at sunset on Tuesday, July 3 at Brady Lake. The event is presented by Zambelli International and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. To help raise funds for this year’s event, the Chamber is currently selling raffle tickets for a Tecumseh go cart. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office, Brady National Bank and Commercial National Bank. The Chamber has contracted a new carnival organization this year and will welcome E.B. Fun Times Carnival to town beginning June 28-July 4. Thrill-seekers can look forward to 15 rides and 10 game attractions at this year’s crowd pleasing event. “This carnival looks to be one of the best Brady has ever had,” said Mrs. Poe. “Based in China Springs, owners Larry and Daisy Edwards look forward to coming to Brady and hope to stay awhile. Noted as being a ‘clean’ carnival, they take pride in the overall appearance of their operation.” The first event of the 75th Annual July Jubilee will be the crowning of this year’s Miss Heart of Texas at the Miss Heart of Texas Pageant that will be held on Saturday, July 16 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Brady High School Auditorium. Sponsored each year by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, this year’s pageant will feature eight local contestants who each hope to be crowned as the next Miss Heart of Texas.

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