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Stories Added - July 2009
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July 4th offers something for everyone
Houston County Courier - July 2009
By Daphne Hereford
The annual fun on the 4th of July began early on Saturday morning, July 4 as people gathered on the square to enjoy the fun and excitement of the annual parade.
Police cars, fire trucks, horses, motorcycles, bicycles, floats, organizations and groups made their way along the parade route top the cheers of the crowd standing nearby.
The fun continued with the judging of the homemade pie and ice cream contests and the delicious hot dogs and soft drinks that were available in the county parking lot.
Then it came time for the wards to be presented to participants.
Float winners included first place, Boy Scouts, second place Tea party and third place American Legion.
Children’s bicycle contest winners were first place William Benton, second place Harley Hoch and third place Jenna Broxson.
Ice Cream winners included first place Corrie Ainsworth, second place Billy Joe Lewis and third place Arthur Killian.
Pie contest awards were presented to first place Kaleigh Stevens second place Corrie Ainsworth and third place Jill Lewis.
The day’s festive events continued with the 13th Annual July 4th Boat Parade at Houston County Lake.
The colorful and patriotic parade featured unique and interesting entries that motored around the cool water before the on looking judges.
Boat parade winners included Best of Show, William Kontor, Woodland Acres; Runner-Up, Lee Bertram, Frontier Camp; Best Spirited, Crew Ed Bourbonais, Piney Point; Best Towed, Craft Roger Kaestner, Tejas Shores; Most Patriotic, Menard, Linkwood Estates; Most Original, Payne, Houston County Lake; Best Personal Water, Steve Holcomb, Lake Forest Estates; Honorable Mention, Mary Kuna, Lake Forest Estates and Honorable Mention, The Molls, Gorden Acres.
The fun at the lake continued with a large fireworks show that was held off Mize Island in front of the Statue of Liberty. Those attending cheered as the fireworks exploded in the clear evening sky.
For those who didn’t take advantage of the fireworks display at the lake, there was the 4th Annual Fireworks Over Crockett event at the Crockett Civic Center that thrilled those attending.
Fireworks exploded in the sky in perfect rhythm to music broadcast throughout the area. Colorful displays lit up the skies surrounding the civic center property while onlookers shrieked with excitement.
The day’s events offered something for everyone.