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2010-06-25 / General Stories

Gov. Rick Perry is Round Top 4th of July Parade Marshall

Round Top is one of the most fascinating “big” little towns in Texas. Fascinating, because of its German history and heritage; Fascinating, because of its blend of old and new; And as always, fascinating because of its people, even though the town itself boasts a population of only 77.

They do July 4th right in Round Top, the little town nestled in beautiful hills of Texas northeast of La Grange on State Hwy. 237.

The 160th (The oldest this side of the Mississippi) Annual Round Top Independence Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 4th, 2010 with speeches and welcoming addresses on the town square, including appearances by elected officials. This year Round Top will have the distinct honor of welcoming Texas Governor Rick Perry to this unique tribute to our nation’s birthday. Governor Perry will grace the speaker’s stand as well as serving as the Grand Parade Marshal. Local dignitaries Round Top Mayor Barnell Albers, Fayette County Judge Ed Janecka, District Judge Dan Beck and Master of Ceremony, Dan Mueller, J.P. will help welcome him. The Civil War era Courthouse cannon will announce the start of the big parade at 10:30, with more than 125 entries. The parade includes decorated floats, antique cars and tractors, dignitaries, horseback riders and wagons, and The Round Top Brass Band.

The Parade will make its way to the historic Rifle Association Hall, where a BBQ meal and cold drinks await those in the know. The Round Top Brass Band will perform during the afternoon, and this year will be joined by a large group of local musicians in jam session style, as well as the RT-C ISD elementary band and choir at 1:30.

The antique tractor and old engine show will be found scattered under the oak trees near the BBQ pits. Take time out to admire these old engineering wonders, and don’t forget to try your luck at the adjacent cake walk. Dance starts at 4pm inside.

Round Top Festival Institute will host a fabulous Patriotic Concert at 3:00pm and local shops and restaurants will be open on the 4th.

The 160th Independence Day celebration in Round Top promises to be a great day in Round Top!

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