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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

City Prepares for Independence Day Celebration on Saturday

City workers hang a Welcome to Roscoe banner on Broadway in anticipation of Saturday's festivities.
Happy July the 4th!  Final preparations are underway for Saturday’s big Independence Day Celebration, and the event’s organizers are planning a day to remember. 

The day will begin with a parade down Broadway at ten o’clock, followed by the Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field, with the gates opening at eleven and the event beginning at twelve.  

After the parade, street vendors will open and be selling food and other wares along  Broadway and Cypress, and bounce houses will be available for the kids in Old Town Park across from the bank. 

Music will begin “on the bricks” of Cypress next to the bank at six o’clock with Greg Maldo, followed at eight by country music star Curtis Potter.  Shortly after dark, there will be the fireworks show followed by more music. 

See below for more details about the various events of the day.

Parade organizers invite your participation.  They are looking for creativity and variety.  Float awards will be presented to best overall, best western, and most patriotic, and prizes will also be awarded for the best bicycles, antique vehicles, motorcycles, semis, and farm implements.  

The parade will start at 10:00am.  Line-up will be on W. Broadway at 9:30am, and judging will be at 9:45am.  

For more information, call Valerie Pruitt at 325-338-4666. 


As always, several food booths along with arts and crafts vendors will open on Broadway and Cypress after the parade and remain open for the rest of the day.  

Bounce houses and other inflatables will also be available for the kids.  This year’s selection has something for children of all age groups—a 45-foot obstacle castle, a deluxe combo bounce house with slide, a jousting arena, and a giant 18-foot slide. 


 This year’s Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field will feature two of the best known mudboggers in the region with the appearance of Bug Nasty and Head Hunter, both of Hobbs, New Mexico.  There will also be contestants from Amarillo, Odessa, Ballinger, Colorado City, Roscoe, and elsewhere, so the competition should be fierce. 

Entries will be divided into five classes.  See last week’s Hard Times for details. The public gate will open at 11:00am with the mudbog beginning at noon.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids from 8 to 14.  Children 7 and under are free.  Proceeds will benefit the Roscoe baseball little league, and the Roscoe FFA will run the concession booth. 

There will also be a Plowboy Mudbog “Dash for Cash,” an entertaining event featuring kids running through knee-deep mud.

For more information, see the Plowboy Mudbog Facebook page, or contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384 or David Pantoja at 325-280-1917.


Curtis Potter
The music stage will be set up on Cypress Street between the Roscoe State Bank and Old Town Park.  Greg Maldo from Lubbock will open the show at around six o’clock.  (You can listen to his song “Anymore” by clicking here).

He will be followed at eight o’clock by this year’s feature performer, Curtis Potter. 

Curtis Potter has been performing all his life.  Born in Cross Plains, he was a regular on the old Slim Willet Show on KRBC-TV in the early days of west Texas television and went on to become a star in Nashville and in Texas.  His first major hit was “You Comb Her Hair Every Morning” (click to listen), and he went on to perform several others, such as “Walkin’, Talkin’, Breathin’ Case of Sorrow.” 

In 1984, he helped form Step One Records in Nashville, which went on to become the largest independent label in the world.  In 1995, he and Willie Nelson had a number one video in “Turn Me Loose and Let Me Swing,” taken from the album “Six Hours at the Pedernales” teaming Potter with Willie Nelson. 

Since 2005, he’s released three albums, “Them Old Honky Tonks,” “Chicago Dancing Girls,” and “Down in Texas Today,” all on the Heart of Texas label.


This year’s fireworks show, organized by City Councilman Robert McBride, will, as always, be a memorable event that fittingly tops off the day.

So, if you're in the area, make plans to attend, and help us celebrate the country’s independence on Saturday!



The entire past week has been typical summer west Texas weather—hot and dry.  Today should be no different—sunny with highs in the mid-nineties and south winds 15-20mph. 
The rest of the week will be similar with sunny skies, highs in the mid to upper nineties and lows in the seventies.  There is no rain in the forecast.

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