2013-08-01 / News

Country Fest returns in 2013

The Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for one of the most anticipated events of the year, the 28th annual Country Fest, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12.

Since 1985, Country Fest has entertained has entertained thousands of visitors and the LACC is counting on this year’s version to be the biggest and best of all.

Delicious food, live entertainment, arts and crafts and games for the youngsters will be available once more.

New to the Country Fest lineup this year will be a Lindale Idol contest, said LACC Executive Director Shelbie Glover.

She stressed that all entries for the Lindale Idol contest, as well as all parade entries, must be registered before the Country Fest takes place.

For more information on registration deadlines, contact the chamber office at 903-882- 7181.

The day’s activities begin in downtown Lindale with a pancake breakfast scheduled at Lindale’s First United Methodist Church at 7 a.m.

From there, a couple of block over beginning at 9 a.m. is the popular Country Fest Parade, one of the largest in East Texas.

Participants include the Lindale High School Marching Band – the Pride of Lindale – as well as city and county dignitaries, Shriner’s riding mini-motorcycles and cars, clowns, horses, fire engines and more.

Something new has been added this year, as parade entrants are encouraged to decorate their floats, which will then be judged to qualify for prizes donated by Southside State Bank.

The parade will travel down Highway 69 until it arrives at Eagle Spirit Drive.

Here, festival goers can gobble a turkey leg, enjoy the arts and crafts booths and check out the new car display.

Other popular items will return again this year, including the Lindale State Bank climbing wall, the FFA petty zoo, the Lindale Police Department’s Kids ID Booth and lots and lots of carnival games provided by Lindale’s First United Methodist Church.

Live entertainment, sponsored by Miranda Lambert and the Miranda Lambert Store/Red 55 Winery, will begin at 10 a.m. with Homefire Harbour, followed by Bongo and the Point at 11:15 a.m.

Lindale native Casey Rivers will take the stage at 12:30 p.m.

The entertainment portion of Country Fest will conclude with the Lindale Idol competition.

Also on the schedule will be a silent auction hosted by the Kiwanis Club from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., which will be followed by a live auction from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Auction items up for bid in the past have included restaurant gift cards, merchant gift cards, jewelry, autographed memorabilia and trips.

The day’s activities will be capped off with the Shrine Bull Fest, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with bull riding, featuring professional bull riders, beginning at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are available at Cavender’s Boot City in Tyler and Brookshire’s, Kidd- Jones, and Fleming Farm and Ranch Supply, in Lindale.

Tickets will also be sold at the gate.

For more information about the Shrine Bullfest contact Sharon Shrine Center at 903-566-2151 or Elaine Fitzgerald at 903- 882-9476.

For more information on all the events of the day contact the Chamber Office at 903-882-7181 or log on www.lindalechamber.org.

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