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Meet the Old Settlers queen contestants
By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – The Childress County 132nd Old Settlers Parade will march on at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18.
This year’s theme is Texas Strong – American Proud, Old Settlers Parade Co-Chair Susan Leary said. She encourages people to attend and participate. It’s not too late to sign up. Forms need to be submitted to the Childress Chamber of Commerce by Thursday, July 16.
Residents can join the parade by decorating a float, car, wagon, boat, bike or horse, among other things, Leary explained. There are nine categories: classic vehicle, civic club/church, senior citizens, tractor/machinery, ATV/motorcycle/golf cart/bicycle, business, youth organization, riding club and wagon/surrey.
Prizes will be awarded in each category with first place winners receiving $25 and ribbons will go to second and third place winners, he said.
The parade will start at the Fair Park entrance, go up Commerce Street, around the corner at Ave. B, down Main Street and back to the park.
Old Settlers President Kevin Martin said he looks forward to residents attending.
“I hope people get out and show their support,” said Martin, who rides in the parade and carries either the U.S., Texan or Old Settlers flag. “It’s an honor to carry the colors of our nation and state. It’s been fun to lead the parade.”
Last year, Martin’s appendix ruptured, causing him to miss the parade for the first time. Martin rode in the 1988 parade with a broken leg
“It’s a blessing carrying on the tradition,” Martin said.