by Nick Lawton
MONAHANS - A parade down the streets of Monahans kicked off the city's Fourth of July celebration.
Starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, dozens of different organizations rolled out, including our own news car ,as we marched along to the largest parade the city had seen in seven years.
"We start preparing for this six to eight months out," Teresa Burnett, Director of the Monahans Chamber of Commerce, said. "It just seems to grow every year so we're really excited."
What followed was a celebration that filled up Hill Park, packed with teeming masses of Monahans.
More than 80 vendors sold different items and worked to feed all of the mouths hungry for Fourth of July food.
"Everybody here during the last two or three weeks asked 'What are we going to have this year? Got another barbecue plate or some sandwiches or something?'" J.T. Glasgow with the Wagonmasters of Ward County, who were serving up barbecued brisket, said. "It's a time to get together and appreciate what good country we live in."
That feeling was echoed by everyone else at the celebration as they enjoyed numerous performances, the Miss Monahans Pageant and looked forward to the fireworks display on Wednesday night.
They said this event showed the spirit of Monahans.
"It's hard to put into words but I really think it's important and I always put up a flag," Monahans resident, Arbia Childress, said.
"It's a great example of what our town is about and what our people are about, how close we are and how we're always there for each other," Burnett said.
As this festival keeps growing, the people of Monahans also look to pass down that message to their children.
"It's not just about the fireworks," Monahans resident, Patricia Montes, said. "They learn that it's really, truly about out independence and that we can all come together and have a good time."