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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Plans Set for Independence Day Celebration

At its meeting last Thursday, the City Entertainment Committee approved the overall plan for Roscoe’s Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 2.  This year’s event has something for everybody and promises to be a great way to commemorate the July 4th weekend.  Whether you’re planning to participate or just to attend, check out the categories below to learn more about details of the day’s events. 


Festivities begin at 10:00am with a parade in downtown Roscoe.  Those participating need to be present by 9:30 for the lineup and judging.  Prizes will be awarded for best entries in these categories: antique cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and semi-trucks, along with three prizes for floats—patriotic, western, and overall.  For more information, contact parade director Valerie Pruitt at 325-338-4666.


Food and craft vendors will be open for business in the downtown area starting at 10:00am, and the kids’ area with bounce houses and other inflatables should also be ready by then.  If you plan to be a vendor, contact Kelly Etheredge at 325-725-0756.


Starting at noon, there will be a karaoke-style open mike setup on the music stage in front of the Roscoe State Bank, so if you’ve been yearning to be discovered as a singer, consider this your chance to be a star and receive some well-deserved accolades from an adoring crowd. 


Once again, swimming will be free at the Roscoe Swimming Pool at City Park from 1:00-5:00pm.  For more information call Andy Wilson or Lus Pantoja at 325-766-2352.


Plowboy Mudbog competition will begin at 1:00pm at George Parks Field on Second and Sycamore Streets and go until finished at around 4:30 or 5:00.  The mud track, just beyond right field of the baseball park, will be 200 feet long and go from two-feet deep to four-feet deep in good ol’ squishy Roscoe blackland mud.  Winners are those who go the farthest before coming to a halt.  Competitors from as far away as Hobbs, New Mexico, are expected to participate.

Registration for participants begins at 11:00am.  Vehicles will be divided into the following categories: Street (under 33” tires), Super Street (33”-35”), Modified (36”-39”), and Open (40” and over).   Registration fee is $25 per entry, with winners of each class taking the fees as prize money.  

Admission for spectators will be $2 for ages 8-13 and $5 for ages 14 and over.  All proceeds go to benefit the Roscoe Little League baseball program. 

For more information, contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384 or David Pantoja at 325-280-1917.


Live music will begin on the stage in the street next to the Roscoe State Bank at around 6:00 with Lawless Flatz, a popular country/rock band from Roby that has developed a large following in this area.   They will play until about 8:00.

They will be followed by the headline band of the evening, the Austin Allsup Band, a high energy group from Austin that plays a blend of country and rock.  For more information, click here.   They will play until 9:00 or so and then break for the fireworks show.  Afterwards, the band will return to the stage for a final set of about a half-hour.


Robert McBride will again put on one of his memorable fireworks extravaganzas.  This one should be especially welcome since the planned fireworks show for the Spring Fling had to be cancelled due to the fire hazard it presented at the time.  The fireworks will last for about a half hour starting as soon as it gets dark, around 9:15 or so.

For information about aspects of the celebration not covered above, contact City Hall at 325-766-3871.


West Texas went through yet another week of hot, sunny and dry weather with temperatures typically topping out around 100°F in the afternoons with lows at night in the seventies.  Winds were out of the south or southwest at 15 to 30 miles per hour, and forecasts for the coming week call for more of the same.  Farmers have been dry planting in the fields, and gardeners have been running up their water bills just to keep their plants alive.  The area needs rain in the worst kind of way, but none is in sight.

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