The Eastland Square was doused in patriotism Monday for the Old Fashion 4th of July celebration hosted by the Eastland Chamber of Commerce.
The day started off with a kid’s parade. Kids on bikes, walking, and riding in strollers and wagons, were decked out in red, white and blue. Boy Scout Troop 103 presented the colors and the Eastland Fire Department raised the flag on the ladder truck high above the crowd while parade goers sang the National Anthem and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Vietnam Veteran Ruben
Zarate followed behind the Boy Scouts proudly carrying the Stars and Stripes. World War II veterans, Dewey Struck and Ron Vaughn waved at the crowd from their spot on the back of a red convertible Mustang.
Awards were given out to parade entries: Best Costume – Autumn Longoria, age 8; Best Bicycle – Sealy Robinson, age 3; Best Toy Vehicle – Callie Harlson, age 4; Best Wagon – Grayson Sellari, 13 mo.; Best Overall – Griffin Culverhouse – 9 mo.
Vendors lined the street while patriotic music played and free hot dogs and water were given out.
Chamber manager, Cecil Funderburg read an interesting compilation of writings describing what patriotism means, and The Declaration of Independence was recited by Roy Broussard.
A pie/cobbler contest and ice cream contest rounded out the afternoon.
Reclaiming their first place spot in the ice cream contest, The Lion’s Club took $100 in prize money, moving last year’s first place winner, Lindi Anderson from Desdemona, into 2nd place with a $60 prize. Third place and $40 went to Royce Boone. Judges were Terri Huff, Roy Broussard, Teagan Wharton
In the pie/cobbler contest first place ($100) went to the Christian Motorcycle Association with a pecan pie baked by Judy Lanehart. Second place winner ($60) was Breannah Peacock with a key lime pie and 3rd place ($40) went to Ken Knowles of Eastland for his dutch oven peach cobbler. Judges were Gordon Woolam, Barbara Wright, Ron Duncan
Sponsors for the event were: KATX 97.7, David Cain Construction Co., Texas Bank, Fullen Motor Co., EBAA Iron, Inc., Ag Texas Farm Credit Services; Norma Taylor; Debbie & Randy Wharton; J&J Air Conditioning; First Baptist; Church; Messer, Rockefeller & Fort, PLLC; First Financial Bank; Greer’s Western Store; OnCor Electric Delivery; Ranger College; Donald Cate, CPA; La Quinta Inn & Suites; Bryans Signs & High Impact Graphics