Parade Kicks Off 84th Annual Rodeo, Thurs., July 4

BOGGY MASONIC LODGE #739 held an installation of the officers that will lead the lodge in their endeavors for 2013 on Monday evening, July 1st. A delicious fried chicken dinner was served to the members, families, and friends prior to the meeting and installation ceremonies. Elected were John K. Bell, Worshipful Master; Herbert F. Barrentine, Senior Warden; Marvin P. Brooks, Junior Warden; Charles Day, Sr., Treasurer; James M. Jorden, Secretary; Richard M. Gillet, Chaplin; James W. McCoy, Senior Deacon; William Russell Teer, Junior Deacon; John K. Bell, Jr., Senior Steward; Marvin P. Maxson, Junior Seward; Arthur E. Holtz, Marshal; Fred Roe Eppes, Master of Ceremonies; Robert C. Childs, Tiler.

WELCOME to Teague, Texas? annual Western Week Parade and Fourth of July Rodeo!

The 84th Annual Teague Fourth of July Rodeo will begin with the Teague Rodeo Parade where cowboys and cowgirls ride down Main Street and proceed to the City Park rodeo arena to participate in the UPRA Open Rodeo?s Grand Entry. The parade starts at the west end of Main Street on Thursday, July 4th, at 6:00 p.m. and will kick off three consecutive nights of action-packed rodeo entertainment.

Hundreds of area residents are expected to line Main Street to watch the parade and many will take advantage of the Teague Chamber of Commerce?s Barbecue and Hamburger Dinner, held each year in conjunction with the parade.

The Dinner will be in front of Citizens State Bank on Main Street and will begin at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $6.00 per plate for a sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink. Hamburger and barbecue sandwich dinners will be available before, during, and after the parade.

The Annual Rodeo Parade is not just limited to cowboys and cowgirls on horseback. All citizens, businesses and organizations are welcome to enter the parade. Participants are asked to begin lining up at 5:30 p.m. next to Circle Hardware at the west end on Main Street. The Teague Police Department asks that all 4-wheelers in the parade be operated by licensed drivers 18 years old or older.

Parents who would like to enter their children in the Best Dressed Cowgirl and Cowboy competition will need to make sure and register their kids beforehand. Registration is free and can be done at 3W Ranch Supply on the loop. There will also be a booth set up in front of the B-RI Railroad Museum on the day of the parade. All entrants need to be signed up by 5:30 p.m. The cowboys and cowgirls must ride solo on horseback to be eligible to win and must wear cowboy hats and long-sleeved shirts.

The Teague rodeo Association will be holding a raffle for a handmade saddle to be given away during the last performance of the rodeo on Saturday, July 6th. Tickets for the drawing will be available all three nights of the rodeo, and may be purchased for $1 each or in groups of six for $5.00.

Don?t forget to wear your bandana on ?Bandana Day?, Wendesday, July 3rd, or you may get thrown in the Teague Western Week Jail! Some jail birds will have to pay the fine to get out of jail but there are also Warrants for sale for $5 to have your favorite Western Week criminal thrown in Jail. The Bandana Day Jail will be open for new prisoners from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Junior Board of the Teague Chamber of Commerce.

The rodeo performances will begin at 8:00 p.m. nightly in the City Park arena on North Eighth Avenue. Through the years, the Teague Fourth of July Rodeo has proved to be one of the best and largest amateur rodeos in the state of Texas. Sponsored by the Teague Rodeo Association, the event draws fans and participants from all over the state.

The Stock Producer for this rodeo will be Bob Champion of Buffalo, Texas. There will be an additional $1500 in prize money to Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding events and $1,000 in prize money to Wild Cow Milking, Open Barrels and Open Tie-Down. Books for Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Jr. Ribbon Roping and Sr. Ribbon Roping will be open from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1st. Books will be open on Tuesday, July 2nd, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. for Tiedown, Barrel Racing, Wild Cow Milking, Jr. Barrel Racing and Ladies Breakaway. Books open at 903-322-4577.

This year?s events include Wild Cow Milking, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Barrel Racing, Junior Barrel Racing, Senior Ribbon Roping and Junior Ribbon Roping. For additional information see advertisement in this issue.

Make sure you grab a hamburger or barbecue sandwich from the Chamber of Commerce?s Barbecue and Hamburger Dinner Thursday night when the parade rolls down Main Street at 6:00 p.m., and then head over to the rodeo arena for three nights of horns, hooves, and fun.

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