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Milano July 4th parade, hot dog meal draws huge crowd to downtown

By KAY LAGRONE Reporter correspondent

If you missed the Milano July 4th parade, you missed a great event. I cannot remember having so many entries and the crowd was great.

Members of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) took the Best Overall award in the annual July 4th parade held in Milano on Saturday. The top award group consisted of decorated wagons, strollers and bikes and dedicated walking moms. There were over 30 entries in the annual parade, stretching out nearly half a mile along the parade route from Charlie Martin City Park to the Milano Civic Center. There was also a free hot dog lunch served after the parade, of which officials said around 150 were served. Members of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) took the Best Overall award in the annual July 4th parade held in Milano on Saturday. The top award group consisted of decorated wagons, strollers and bikes and dedicated walking moms. There were over 30 entries in the annual parade, stretching out nearly half a mile along the parade route from Charlie Martin City Park to the Milano Civic Center. There was also a free hot dog lunch served after the parade, of which officials said around 150 were served. About 30 entries were in the parade that stretched about half a mile and traveled from Charlie Martin City Park to downtown Milano.

Parade marshals were all the veterans who were in the parade.

Winners f rom t he C it y of Milano's July 4th parade are as follows:

Best overall

MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) walkers

Floats 1. Milam County Cowboy Church 2. Claude Lagrone family 3. Catrina Steinbecker family

Abigail Olsen, the Patriotic Clown, took top honors in the bicylcle/small battery operated division of Milano's parade. Abigail Olsen, the Patriotic Clown, took top honors in the bicylcle/small battery operated division of Milano's parade. Other Motorized

1. Joe Vick, Iwo Jima memorial

2. Dewey Steinbecker family, patriotic golf cart

3. Trace Lopez, Spirit of '76 four-wheeler

Vintage Vehicles,

Tractors, Cars

1. Hal Senkel (mayor of Buckholts), 1947 Model Farmall tractor

2. Miranda Pounders, Miss Texas Lone Star/Silver Dodge

Bicycles, Small

Battery Operated

1. Abigail Olsen, patr iotic clown

2. Lynn and Wendy Barnett, Destiny the Patriotic Pooch

Horses, Buggies, Wagons

1. David Eubanks, wagon with paint mules Bonnie and Clyde

2. Billy Reese, wagon with Pancho and Cisco

3. Whispering Prayers miniature horses

Of f icia ls said t hey ser ved around 150 at the free hot dog lunch at the civic center following the parade. A big "thank you" to everyone who helped get everything together.

Joe Vick had this very patriotic entry in Saturday's parade with a replica of the famous flag raising picture at Iwo Jima during World War II. This entry placed first in the Other Motorized division of the parade. Joe Vick had this very patriotic entry in Saturday's parade with a replica of the famous flag raising picture at Iwo Jima during World War II. This entry placed first in the Other Motorized division of the parade. Friendship Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School July 13-17 at the church, located seven miles south of Milano on Highway 36. This year's VBS will run from 9 a.m. to noon for children age five through sixth grade.

The church will have a kickoff/ pre-registration party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11. There will be food, games and a water slide. For more information, contact pastor Delmar McCracken at 979-567-0242.

Milano Rah-Rah Camp, sponsored by the Milano High School cheerleaders is set July 20- 22 for girls ages four through sixth grade. Camp time for each day is 9:30 a.m. to noon at the high school gym and is $30 per child. Parents are asked to have their daughters in shorts, T-shirt and shoes each camp day w ith a secure ponytail. For more information, contact cheerleading sponsor Lisa Aguilar, at 512-455- 9333 or 512-879-8720.

July's Milano Opry has been set for Saturday, July 18 in the Milano High School cafetorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $4 each, $3 for senior citizens. Concessions will be available.

The show will be aired live on KRXT. The Opry will be held the third Saturday of each month, except for October, due to the Rockdale Fair.

Congratulations to Ronald and Ruth Davenport of Milano on the birth of their new grandson. Daughter Kari Hellums and husband Jeremy welcomed their first child, Landon Jeremy, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4. Landon weighed six pounds 14 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Other grandparents are Dennis and Donna Hellums of Lockhart and Debbie Leuders of Smithville. Great grandparents are Joe Dan and Mary Lou Franklin of College Station and Granny Leuders of Bastrop.

On Saturday, Claude and his brother Barkley, of Rockdale, were in Buckholts at Hope Lutheran Cemetery to attend graveside services for their cousin, Miriam Carolyn Williams Rivers, of Goldthwaite.

I have a correction from last week's column. I was at the Westbrook-Taylor reunion at the civic center. Please excuse the error.


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