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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - June 2009
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July 4 celebration looks to capture Tyler County Past
Tyler County Booster - June 2009
In the midst of planning for the Old Fashioned Fourth celebration to be held at Heritage Village on Saturday, July 4th, our wonderful volunteer docents have been very busy with tours nearly every day. Mind you that is not a complaint! These tours go a long way toward helping us meet our budget each year. On July 12th, we hosted the Garden Oaks Church of Christ group from Houston. On the 15th, another group, the Happy Timers from the First Baptist Church, also came over from Houston. On the 16th, we had about 25 members of the North East Seniors and on the 17th we had about the same number from the West University Place Seniors. Each of these groups came from Houston also. On the 18th the First Baptist Church of Crockett sent a bus load for a tour. Also on that day we hosted a meeting of the Tyler County Hospital personnel. On the 19th there was a wedding rehearsal dinner at the Pickett House and on the 20th there was a family reunion at the Village. With the weather so hot we are pleased that groups are still coming out to see the past that we have preserved for their enjoyment. Part of that past is what we are trying to capture with the Old Fashioned Fourth being planned for everyone. We are trying to have something that will appeal to all, regardless of age, that will still be appropriate to our time frame. For children we will have a parade featuring decorated bikes, scooters, wagons, etc. with a July 4th theme. The parade will begin in the main parking lot and proceed down the Village Main Street. This event is sponsored by the Tyler County Art League. Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Registration will be from 4-4:45 in front of the Hamm House and the parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. Also for children we will have face painting, a dunk tank, sponsored by Project Graduation from Chester High School, a something special from the Woodville Police Department. Children could also be involved with the washer and/or horseshoe tournaments but we think these events will appeal to the older “child” more. Get a team together and plan to win. Prizes will be awarded. It is getting down to the wire for you wonderful cooks to get your favorite pie recipe out, bake a pie, and submit it for judging at the pie baking contest. Please call the Village at 283-2272 for additional details. Quilters – have you started your block yet? I know it doesn’t take an expert quilter long to sew the block but it does take some time to get a pattern and choose the different fabrics. Each block entered should be a 12 x 12 block with a Fourth of July theme. This event is sponsored by the Sassy Scrappers. The winner of the competition will take home all of the blocks entered. What a deal! We will have food available for purchase from Terry’s BBQ in Chester, lemonade by the St. Paul’s Men’s Group, cakes will be available whole or sliced by Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, the First Baptist Church will have snowcones, peanut brittle by Lakeside Apostolic Church, and caramel apples by the Woodville United Pentecostal Church. We are still hoping for some group to have watermelon and ice cream. If you want to be involved in this way, please call the Village at 283-2272. We will have music throughout the evening. More about it next week. Fireworks are planned to begin at 9:00 p.m. They will be going off from the upper parking lot so that parking area will be unavailable for this event. Parking will be along the highway. Parents bringing children and bikes, etc. for the parade will be allowed to enter the lower lot and park in the limited parking that will be available. This is a NO ADMISSION FEE event. Gates will open about 4 and close after the fireworks. The event is sponsored by the Tyler County Heritage Society, Tyler County Art League, City of Woodville, Woodville Fire Department, Woodville Police Department, the Chamber of Commerce, Tyler County and the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department. Our chairman, Sandi Hargrove, has worked long and hard with these various groups to help ensure that you will have a “Grand Old Fashioned Fourth”. Come on out!

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