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Parade and Fest Well Attended
Houston County Courier - February 2009
By Sharron Randall
Beautiful, clear skies and spring-like weather brought the largest crowds ever to the 27th Annual LoveFest Parade and Celebration in Lovelady, Saturday, Feb. 14, appropriately on Valentine's Day.
Leading the parade as parade marshals were 10 of the 13 original members of the 1952 State Championship Semi-Finalist basketball team from Lovelady High School.
On the float that displayed the large sign presented Thursday night at the LoveFest Coronation and dressed in the maroon and white colors of the Lovelady Lions were teammates Harold Goodwin, Monte Jack Driskell, Enoch "PeeWee" Broxson, Billy Ray Stewart, Jimmy Hamm, Buck Holliday, Eugene Bitner, Paul Goodwin, Raymond Brent, and Johnny Stewart.
Coach Jack Birtchet, 85, of El Campo was unable to attend, Amos Adams and Earl Maxwell were ill and Nueal Allee is deceased.
In parade mode, entrants, which included the Lovelady High School Band, antique cars, Houston County Precinct 1 road building/maintenance vehicles, four- wheelers and Gators, bikes and trikes, horses and wagons, tractors of all makes and models, and members of the LoveFest Royal Court rolled, wheeled or rode south to the destination of W.G. Bruton Park.
Meanwhile at the First Methodist Church in Lovelady, the 2009 LoveFest Baby Contest judging was going on to determine the boy and girl first, second, and third place winners in each age division with highest points determining Little Miss and Little Mister LoveFest.
At the park, food vendors were in abundance as were sites for barbecue cook-offs. Inside the Lovelady Old Gym tee shirts, tickets, trinkets and other treasures were bought and bartered. Homemade candy, jellies and jams, birdhouses, purses, jewelry and baby paraphernalia were available.
Touching, trying out and trying on were encouraged. Home town folks and distance travelers mingled and meandered through the crowded pathways in the gym, while outside in the perfect conditions could be found a multitude of wares, games, petting zoo, pony rides, and entertainment.
Waiting was the name of the game as the hungry and thirsty paused patiently in long lines to get drinks, sandwiches, turkey legs, nachos, funnel cakes and other favorite festival foods.
Final results of the winners of various contests and photographs of the day's activities will be published as soon as the Courier receives them. Submissions can be emailed or brought to the Courier office.