Independence Day celebration brings small town to life

Even though the bulk of the July 4 festivities got underway a good three and four days before the actual holiday, the 75th Annual July Jubilee kicked off the holiday in grand fashion this weekend and brought the small-town feeling back to life in the Heart of Texas. Lunch on the courthouse lawn, marching bands, carnivals, parade goers boasting patriotic regalia and eventually, fireworks, will round out the Diamond Jubilee festivities. The feeling of pride in this country and this community was evident Saturday morning as Brady hosted yet another successful and colorful July Jubilee parade. This year, the Chamber fell short of their goal of 150 parade entries, but tied last year’s list with 130. The entries in this year’s parade included everything from beauty queens to tractors to antique cars and youth baseball teams. Polished and shiny, fire trucks with riders perched high up on their beds blared their sirens as local departments showed off their rescue equipment. Children lined the streets hoping to swipe some candy thrown from numerous floats and vehicles that motored their way around the square. Cheerleaders pumped up the crowds with spirit-filled cheers and a marching band gave a rousing performance. First through third place ribbons were given to parade entries in six different categories: animal drawn vehicles/ riding clubs/organizations; antique vehicles; in-town floats; out-of-town floats; walkers and decorated vehicles, bicycles, go-carts, golf carts, 4-wheelers and miscellaneous. The following is a list of parade winners and their respective categories: ANIMAL DRAWN VEHICLES/RIDING CLUBS/ ORGANIZATIONS ‘First place’Runaway Stage coach of Bangs. ‘Second place’Fire-x driven by Mike Rice. ‘Third place’San Angelo Sheriff’s Pose. ANTIQUE VEHICLES ‘First place’1932 Ford four-door convertible (street rod) driven by Gary Wagner. ‘Second place’1957 Chevy (named Molly) driven by C.D. Hillard. ‘Third place’Richland Springs Tractor Pullers Association. IN-TOWN FLOATS ‘First place’First United Pentecostal Church. ‘Second place’Evridge’s furniture. ‘Third place’Nandin Construction (baseball team). ‘Honorable mention’Miss Heart O’ Texas float. OUT-OF-TOWN FLOATS ‘First place’Comanche Flutter-wheels Square Dancers Club. ‘Second place’Mason County Chamber of Commerce. ‘Third place’Kimble County Queen. WALKERS ‘First place’Brady Middle School cheerleaders. ‘Second place’Brady Middle School twirlers. ‘Third place’Brady High School mascot. DECORATED VEHICLES, BICYCLES, GO-CARTS, GOLF CARTS, 4-WHEELERS, MISC. ‘First place’Stites Oil Company (baseball team). ‘Second place’Cinco de Mayo queens. ‘Third place’Lonnie Williams (scooter). Saturday’s Jubilee dance got underway as planned at the G. Rollie White Complex, however, the attendance was lacking compared to traditional Jubilee street dances. “There was a large crowd at the dance, but since it’s been moved to the G. Rollie White Complex we haven’t generated the type of crowds we’re used to. “The old-fashioned street dances are in high public demand. People really want to see the Jubilee street dance continue as opposed to a dance at the G. Rollie White Complex. We get a lot of public comment about the dances that have been moved out there. People really do prefer street dances for special occasions such as this,” said Chamber EVP DeLaine Poe. While the majority of the July 4 festivities have come and gone, Bradyites can still anticipate a patriotic fireworks event at Brady Lake. The fireworks are scheduled for Tuesday night (tonight) at Brady Lake and are expected to draw hundreds of spectators to the pavilion and areas surrounding the lake. Cool, refreshing watermelon and patriotic music from the Heart Of Texas Jubilee Band will complete the holiday celebration. The fireworks will get underway at sunset. 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., Super S Foods and Sonic. 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. To help raise funds for this year’s fireworks display, the Chamber is selling raffle tickets for a Tecumseh go-cart. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office, Brady National Bank and Commercial National Bank. “This year the fireworks will cost the Chamber $7,500. Last year it only cost us $6,000. That’s why we’re selling the raffle tickets to cover the additional cost,” said Mrs. Poe.

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