Lexington’s Homecoming Enjoyed Large Crowds and Pretty Weather
The 46th Annual Lexington Homecoming was very well attended, thanks partly to the beautiful weather and mostly due to the tireless efforts of local volunteers. Ninety-Seven parade entries made this year’s parade colorful and exciting for the hundreds of people that line Main Street Saturday morning. Paradelookers were treated to everything from fire trucks to antique tractors and from horses to the Middle School band. Stella Boes’ kids continued the tradition of their mother, walking to bring awareness to cancer, and the McDade Watermelon Festival’s Royalty waved from a beautiful perch on their float. Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer led the parade, followed by this year’s Parade Marshal, Dr. Frances McArthur, Superintendent of Schools for Lexington ISD.
Vendors lined Wheatley Street and filled the City Square, giving attendees a broad selection of food and other items to purchase.
This year’s Rotary 5K Fun Run/ Walk enjoyed many participants, the overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners being Vance Kassner age 12, Richard Letsinger age 65 and Phyllis Kleinschmidt age 49, respectfully. Other 1st place winners included Payson Eberz in the 8 and under male category; Vance Kassner, Ages 9-15; Phillip Eberz Ages 40- 49; Donald Boriack Ages 50-59 and Richard Letsinger, 60+. In the women’s category, 1st place winners were Genevieve Eberz, 8 and under; Jennifer Walch, 20-29; Charlene Thomas, 30- 39; Phyllis Kleinschmidt, 40-49 and Mary K. Letsinger, 60+. Julie Brade won 1st Place for the walkers.
Homecoming activities that began last Thursday night with the Community Singing, also included Karaoke music, two nights of street dances on Friday and Saturday nights, a pancake breakfast Saturday morning, a roast beef dinner/fundraiser on Sunday, a 4-D Barrel Race and Double Muggin Rodeo on Friday, as well as a Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, and a barbecue cook-off all weekend long.
First Place winners in this year’s Barbecue Cook-off were Cooking While Intoxicated for Jackpot Sausage; Smokin Tailgaters for Jackpot Beans; Voodoo BBQ for Jackpot Open; One and Only for Chicken; Country Critters for Ribs; Country Critters for Beef and One and Only for Master Cook.
Enjoy the many pages of pictures in today’s paper from all of the Homecoming events.