Muleshoe citizens plan Glorious Fourth parade and celebration

By Gail M. Williams
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

To gladden your heart and stir your emotions, there’s nothing like a Fourth of July parade and celebration, and the City of Muleshoe goes all out to celebrate the nation’s independence.
“A Day of Honor” is the theme, and Marshal Cook will be honored with the post of Parade Marshall.
“Marshal went on the Honor Flight a few years ago,” said Chamber of Commerce Manager Kaci Morris. “He’s a veteran and active in the community, including Senior Citizens and the Methodist Church.”
Morris expects more than 30 entries for the parade, judging by last year’s total of 38.
“There’s no fee to be in the parade,” she said, “but we like to have a little time to do a write-up on each float or group, since it will be judged. We expect to have parade entries line up until the time of the parade.”
The parade starts on the south end of Main, goes around to First and comes back up First. The city will announce first-, second- and third-place winners. A veterans and military recognition will take place at Main and Ave. B during the parade.
Motorcycle lovers will be glad to know that a motorcycle show will be added to the tractor and car shows this year.
“I think it’ll be a fun addition,” Morris said. “Again, it’s a free event.”
Those with a healthy appetite may wish to enter the pie-eating contest sponsored by United Supermarket. The contest consists of two rounds and a championship round. Contestants can sign up through the day of the contest.
Keeping the celebration cool, Muleshoe Fire Department will hold a water polo event at the Courthouse.
A muleshoe pitching tournament will also be part of the festivities.
“Of course, we use real muleshoes!” Morris said.
A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place July 3 and 4 at the City Park. The deadline for entries is July 1. For more information, contact 566-5669.
A volleyball tournament is also planned on the Fourth. For more information, contact the Courthouse at 806-272-3044.
A Fourth-and-Long football tournament began June 20 and will run through July 1 at the Muleshoe City Park. Proceeds benefit Snack Pak 4 Kids. For information, contact Jesus Tovar Jr. at 566-5400.
A DJ out of Lubbock will keep the party upbeat starting at 11 a.m., and Mi Tierra Mariachi, also from Lubbock, will entertain from 2 to 3 p.m.
Boys and girls ages 5 and under will strut their stuff at the Little Mister/Little Miss Firecracker Pageant at 5 p.m.
Entry forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 272-4248.
July 4 Schedule of Events
9 a.m. Parade Lineup – South Main Street
10 a.m. Parade Start
10:15 a.m. Veterans & Military Recognition, Main & Ave. B (during parade)
11 a.m. Courthouse Celebration Begins, DJ, Entertainment, Tractor Show,
Car Show, Motorcycle Show, Water Polo, Tournaments, Vendors
1 p.m. Muleshoe Pitching Tournament
2 p.m. Mi Tierra Mariachi
3:30 p.m. United Supermarkets Pie Eating Contest
4 p.m. Little Miss & Mr. Firecracker Pageant
Dark 30: Fireworks (West City Park)
Bring your lawn chairs to the Courthouse for all-day fun for the whole family!

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