Andrews Prepares for Fourth of July Celebration

From the Andrews Chamber of Commerce:

The Andrews Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Fourth of July Celebration at the Lakeside Park on Saturday, July 4, 2009. Morning activities will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until 2:00 p.m. and will include such traditional favorites as turtle races, three-legged races, sack races, Horse Shoe Pitching Tournament, watermelon eating contest, vendor booths and Mesquite Burners BBQ.

Other activities for both kids and adults include a giant water slide, inflatable boxing ring and horse races, inflatable jumpers, mechanical bull rides and a rock climbing wall. New this year is a Car and Motorcycle Show, Mechanical Bull Riding Competition and Battle of the Bands. The festivities will resume at 7:00 p.m. with a street dance featuring Andrews' own, Jay Newbrough, and Texas Rain. Many of the vendors will be returning for the evening.

Registration for all events will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until fifteen minutes prior to each scheduled event. Pre-registration at the Andrews Chamber located at 700 W. Broadway is recommended for the following events: Horse Shoe Pitching Tournament and Mechanical Bull Riding Competition. Pre-registration is required for participation in the Battle of the Bands.

The Mechanical Bull Riding Competition will feature four age groups with the winner in each category splitting the purse for their individual age group. The Peewee Competition beginning at 10:00 a.m. is for all ages under 8 and will require a six second ride, entry fee is $10. The Junior Competition will follow at 11:00 a.m. and will include ages 9-12 for an eight second ride with an entry fee of $15.

The High School Competition for ages 13-17 with an entry fee of $20 will take place in the evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the Adult Competition for ages 18 and up with an entry fee of $25. Pre-registration at the Chamber is encouraged, but onsite registration will be available. The mechanical bull will be available to all riders at $5 per ride before and after all competitions.

The Horse Shoe Tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will be an entry fee of $10 per team with the winning team splitting the purse. Pre-registration at the Chamber is encouraged, but onsite registration will be available.

No entry fee is required to compete in the Battle of the Bands however; pre-registration at the Chamber of Commerce is required. The winning band/performer will win a $200 cash prize and will open for the headlining band at the street dance that evening. Sound equipment will be provided and both bands and solo acts are encouraged to participate. All genres from Country to Christian, Rock or Tejano are invited.

The Street Dance, sponsored by Complex Community Credit Union, has been scheduled this year in lieu of a fireworks display. "Dry conditions and a countywide fire ban were a major factor in the Chamber's decision to go with the street dance instead of a fireworks show this year," stated Chamber manger, Julia Wallace. "We had to make a decision early and felt that it made more sense to put our resources into planning an event that we knew that we could host rather than spend thousands of dollars on fireworks and then have to cancel the show. After reading the story on the serious concerns of local law enforcement and fire officials urging the Court not to lift the ban on aerials and the Commissioner's Court reluctant decision to lift the ban as required by law, I feel that we definitely made the right decision in the best interest of our community. We want to encourage everyone to bring their blankets or lawn chairs and join us for a fun evening of music under the stars."

The evening promises to provide great family fun with something for everyone. Not only will there be great music, but there will be a wide variety of food and merchandise along with the inflatables for kids and adults, mechanical bull rides and great fellowship.

To pre-register for events or to book a booth, stop by the Chamber at 700 W. Broadway. A limited number of booths are still available. Vendors selling arts and crafts, specialty foods such as jellies, sauces or relishes, fresh fruit and vegetable (Farmer's Market) or specialty items are especially encouraged to sign up. No vendors who have not previously registered with the Chamber will be allowed to sell at the park during the scheduled events. The Chamber wishes to thank our generous sponsor for the Fourth of July Celebration, First Basin Credit Union and street dance sponsor, Complex Community Credit Union.