Festival raises $5,000 for scholarships

Email this article 09/08/2011

The dust has settled on the 2011 Uvalde Labor Day Weekend Celebration and the SWTJC scholarship fund is $5,000 richer.

"Everything went great and I want to thank all the college volunteers who helped make things run so smoothly," event organizer Wade Carpenter said. "There was lots to do and the entertainment and food were great. There was a steady crowd at the park throughout the day and into the evening."PHOTO GALLERY

According to Carpenter, the annual celebration began with a parade on Getty Street featuring over 100 entries. Meteorologist Bill Taylor of KENS 5 television in San Antonio was parade grand marshal, while Frank and Lucille Milton of Uvalde were honorary parade marshals.

"The parade was our biggest and best ever," said Wendy Speer, executive director of the Uvalde Chamber of Commerce.

The city of Uvalde's parade entry earned honors for best overall entry and HEB won honors for best theme. Mariachi Los Vaqueros of SWTJC won first place for best musical float.

A total of 17 teams entered the fourth-annual Briscoe Ranch Beef Barbecue Cook-Off. Burnt Bean Company of New Braunfels won grand champion honors. Reserve grand champions were Black Label Smokers of Uvalde, headed up by Carl Mirelez.

This is the second straight year the annual celebration has been held at Uvalde Memorial Park due to ongoing construction at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

"We look forward to utilizing the fairplex next year for the Labor Day Weekend Palomino Fest Celebration," Carpenter said.

HEB was the presenting sponsor for this year's event. Other sponsors include First State Bank of Uvalde, Briscoe Ranch, KVOU FM (104.9), KUVA (102.3), the Uvalde Leader-News, AEP Texas, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Bud Light, Lopez Health Systems and the City of Uvalde.

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