Independence Day celebrated locally

Roscoe — Saturday, July 2The City Entertainment Committee in Roscoe approved the overall plan for Roscoe’s Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 2. The event will kick off with the Independence Day parade that will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade in downtown Roscoe. Area firefighters from local fire stations will lead the parade as the marshals. Those participating need to be present by 9:30 a.m. for the lineup and judging. Prizes will be awarded for best entries in these categories: antique cars, bicycles, motorcycles and semi-trucks, along with three prizes for floats — patriotic, western, and overall. For more information, contact parade director Valerie Pruitt at 325-338-4666.Food and craft vendors will be open for business in the downtown area starting at 10 a.m. and the kids’ area with bounce houses and other inflatables should also be ready by then. For more information, contact Kelly Etheredge at 325-725-0756.Starting at noon, there will be a karaoke-style open mike setup on the music stage in front of the Roscoe State Bank. Once again, swimming will be free at the Roscoe Swimming Pool at City Park from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call Andy Wilson or Lus Pantoja at 325-766-2352.The Plowboy Mudbog competition will begin at 1 p.m. at George Parks Field on Second and Sycamore Streets and go until finished at around 5 p.m. Winners are those who go the farthest before coming to a halt. Registration for participants begins at 11 a.m. Vehicles will be divided into the following categories: Street (under 33” tires), Super Street (33”-35”), Modified (36”-39”), and Open (40” and over).   Registration fee is $25 per entry, with winners of each class taking the fees as prize money. Admission for spectators will be $2 for ages 8-13 and $5 for ages 14 and over.  All proceeds go to benefit the Roscoe Little League baseball program. For more information, contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384 or David Pantoja at 325-280-1917.Live music will begin on the stage in the street next to the Roscoe State Bank at around 6 p.m. with Lawless Flatz, a popular country/rock band from Roby. They will play until about 8 p.m. They will be followed by the headline band of the evening, the Austin Allsup Band, a group from Austin that plays a blend of country and rock. They will play until 9 p.m. or so and then break for the fireworks show. Afterwards, the band will return to the stage for a final set.Robert McBride will again put on the fireworks show. The fireworks will last for about a half hour starting as soon as it gets dark, around 9:15 p.m.Several fundraisers will take place during Roscoe's festivities including one for Roscoe Friends of the FFA. They will be having a brisket plate fundraiser on Saturday, July 2, at the Roscoe Community Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The plate consist of brisket, potato salad, beans, bread and cobbler. Cost for adults is $7 and kids 7 and under $5. Roscoe Blowout will also have a garage sale as a fundraiser. It will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 600 E. Broadway in Roscoe. All proceeds will go towards the 2012 Senior Blowout.Blackwell — Saturday, July 2The Blackwell Volunteer Fire Department will have their annual parade and barbecue on Saturday, July 2, 2011. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. and the barbecue will begin at 5:30 p.m.A concert and dance will take place on Saturday, July 2, in Blackwell, featuring Tommy Alverson live at the AMA/Techtel Pavilion, sponsored by the Blackwell Riding Club. There will be a $10 cover charge with concessions available. Music starts at dark thirty. Proceeds will benefit the Blackwell Riding Club, a non-profit organization.Sweetwater — Monday, July 4The Sweetwater Lions Club will sponsor the annual 4th of July parade Monday, July 4, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Nolan County Courthouse and ending at Newman Park. The Sweetwater Municipal Band will perform and a patriotic speech will follow. Interested participants may obtain an entry form from