Parade to kick off 2021 County Fair | Around Town

Once again the community will line the streets of Port Lavaca, waiting from afar for the council, did, did of the drums of the Calhoun High School band. This sound means that the annual Calhoun County Fair Parade is on its way to inaugurate the Calhoun County Fair.

The Calhoun County Fair and Parade was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Calhoun County Fair isn’t 100 percent returning, it will return this year with many of its normal events.

“I think it’s a great time for the community to see us return to some normalization in the middle of a pandemic,” said Amanda Gonzalez, Calhoun County Fair board member and Fair Parade chairwoman. “The children have seen many changes and the parade and mass can give them something to look forward to.”

This year’s prime theme is “Enriching Our Community”. The parade is led as Grand Marshal by Calhoun County Independent School District Superintendent Larry Nichols.

“The parade is dedicated to Calhoun County’s teachers. The theme is basically anything that is possible and any organization can show what they think a representation of the community would be, ”said Gonzalez. “You can do a spin with it too, including teacher or education.”

The parade starts on Saturday, October 9th, at 10 a.m. and we are still looking for participants. Gonzalez said she hoped to have at least 40 entries. The parade usually consists of marching bands, dance teams, bike and motorcycle clubs, political teams, civil and nonprofit groups, commercial businesses, decorated vehicles, local school groups, queen candidates and much more from the local area and area.

“The parade is open to anyone – any age – and any organization – individuals or groups. We encourage everyone to join in and show us your contributions. No entry is too small or too big. We love variety, ”said Gonzalez.

The line-up starts at 7am at Sandcrab Stadium and will walk down Sam Faubion St., turn right on Virginia Street and end at Bayfront Peninsula Park. All entries to the parade should be in line by 9:00 a.m. for security reasons. Individuals participating in the parade must be dropped off at Travis Middle School by 9:30 a.m. Entry numbers must be on the driver’s door to be rated. Judges will be set up at REMAX Land and Homes. There will be an overall Grand Champion and first, second and third places for each division.

Lifelong community member Susie Verheijen said her family looks forward to the fair parade every year.

“We would be there at least an hour early to find a good place to watch the parade. It was fun to do the community and you see people you haven’t seen in years, ”said Verheijen. “You visit the people; see different people with different swimmers. It’s nice to see the little children doing something in the church. “

This year Verheijen and her husband Jorma will take part in the parade with the Coastal Jeeps and Shenanigans jeep club.

For more information or to join the parade, call Amanda Gonzalez at 361-482-8464 or Marissa Almanzar at 361-571-0837.

Another crowd-pleaser is the Calhoun County Fair Queen Pageant. Eight candidates compete for the title of Calhoun County Fair Queen. The winner will receive a $ 1,000 scholarship, with the first runner-up receiving $ 750 and the second runner-up receiving a $ 500 scholarship. The Queen will be crowned at the Calhoun County Fairground Pavilion on Tuesday, October 12th. Participants are comprised of Calhoun County residents in ninth through twelfth grades. Miss candidates are in sixth through eighth grades. Junior Miss candidates are in third through fifth grades, and Little Miss and Mister candidates are in kindergarten through second grade. More than 40 participants will fight for one of the trade fair competition titles.

The junior cattle show will be held on Wednesday, October 13th at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. The junior cattle auction will take place on Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. Calhoun County Extension Agent / 4-H Development Agent Emilee Deforest said 102 youths are displaying and auctioning animals in the 2021 Calhoun County Fair Youth Livestock Show.

“The Junior Livestock Auction is such an important aspect of the cattle show because it teaches youngsters that the hard work and effort put into their livestock projects is valued,” said Deforest.

Twins McKynzie and Coltyn Judd bred animals for the Calhoun County Youth Livestock Show for seven years. McKynzie said the money raised will go into a college savings account for her and her brother.

“I’m really happy that everything will be normal this year. Going to the cattle show with family and friends makes it a lot more exciting. I have a feeling that the return of exhibitors to the auction will help companies see the hard work we put into our projects, ”said Coltyn Judd. “There is a lot of work in pig breeding. We get them in May and have to feed them morning and evening. We not only have to feed them, but also clean bays, care for their skin, wash, weigh and run. My sister and I are involved in many other activities so we help each other. Most days it takes my whole family to work as a team. “

The fair opens daily at 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday, October 12th to Friday, October 15th. The carnival will open at 12:00 noon, Saturday October 16, Saturday.

Admission is $ 1 on Tuesday and $ 5 Wednesday through Saturday. Students and seniors are $ 3. Children up to five years are free. Only cash is accepted at the gate.

Dates and further information can be found in this issue in the section on the district fair.