Carnival, parade, fireworks head up Diamond Jubilee

In case you haven’t heard, the carnival scheduled to set up camp at the G. Rollie White Complex from June 28 through July 7 has been relocated to Richards Park. According to Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce EVP DeLaine Poe, the carnival was moved to the park because of its location. “At first we didn’t think they would fit in the park but after the owner assured me that it wouldn’t be an issue, we decided to move them to the park which is after all a better location and is in keeping with the tradition of the July Jubilee.” Now up and running, E. & B. Fun Time Rides, a new organization sought by the Chamber, will offer thrill-seekers 15 rides and numerous game attractions this year. “This carnival looks to be one of the best Brady has ever had,” said Mrs. Poe who will celebrate her birthday during the weekend’s festivities.” In fact, this will be one of the largest carnivals to set up in Brady since the Bill Hames Shows. “Larry and Daisy Edwards, owners of the carnival, are Texas-based in China Springs. They take pride in the overall appearance of their operation and are noted as being a ‘clean carnival.” H The Chamber is still short of the desired amount of entries for the Fourth of July parade which will take off from Memory Lane at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 30. “We’re only at 100 entries right now,” said Mrs. Poe, “but the last week is when we take a lot of entries over the phone. If we don’t hit the 150 mark, we should meet the number of entries we registered last year which was 130. “We have a little bit of everything registered in this year’s parade: baseball teams, basketball teams, pageant participants and winners, antique cars, bikes, roller skates, four wheelers and go carts. We welcome groups of all sorts in this year’s parade.” In addition, the Chamber is cordially inviting all past Miss Heart of Texas pageant winners to participate in the parade. Drusilla Davidson is the oldest living past queen; however, as reported by the Chamber, Blossom (Frederick) McDonough will be the oldest queen able to attend the parade. A caravan of five jeeps will carry the past Miss Heart of Texas beauties through the parade with Mrs. Mc-Donough as grand marshal out in front. Past winners of the pageant who aren’t currently registered to ride in the parade are asked to contact the Chamber office at 597-3491. The Miss Heart of Texas float will come out in its new Diamond Jubilee attire with the 2001 pageant winner, Jana Partin, and her court, first runner-up Jenna Behrens and second runner-up Marlena Galindo out in front. “Parade participants can check in at either park entrance for their lineup number no later than 8 a.m. with judging to follow at 8:30 a.m.,” said Mrs. Poe. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 30 at Memory Lane. “The parade has always been held on the Saturday on or before the July 4 holiday,” said Mrs. Poe. “There are so many parades held across the state on July 4 that might affect our attendance rate. We always schedule the parade on the weekend so more people can come and enjoy the festivities.” Christina DeFiore will sing the National Anthem to get the parade underway while Matt Brady, a descendent of Brady’s namesake, Peter Rainsford Brady, will serve as a parade judge. As in years past, Steve Black will announce parade entries as they reach the downtown square. “We would like to remind all parade participants to have plenty of water available for those on their floats,” said Mrs. Poe. In addition to Saturday’s festivities, the Heart of Texas Museum will be open for viewing during and after the parade from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. H 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. R.U. Redy has entertained the Heart of Texas on numerous occasions providing a variety of top 40 country and rock music. Dance tickets will go on sale Thursday, June 28 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. H The fireworks extravaganza will get underway at sunset on Tuesday, July 3 at Brady Lake. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the event will be presented by Zambelli Internationale. Prior to the fireworks, beginning at 6:30 p.m., free watermelon will be served courtesy of James Long Real Estate, State Farm Insurance, Dr. Pollard, D.D.S. and Super S Foods and Sonic. Entertainment provided by the Heart of Texas Jubilee Band will follow the watermelon feast. The fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m. Recognized as “the first family of fireworks,” Zambelli is the oldest and largest American firm both manufacturing and displaying fireworks. Even though the fireworks will come a day earlier than the national holiday, the attraction is expected to be nothing short of spectacular. “Zambelli has so many other fireworks scheduled for the 4th,” said Mrs. Poe. Of course, the ones who spend the most money will get priority over the holiday. We were glad to at least get them for the 3rd.” To help raise funds for this year’s fireworks display, the Chamber is currently selling raffle tickets for a Tecumseh gocart. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office, Brady National Bank and Commercial National Bank.

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