By Sarah Naron
LOVELADY – The 36th annual Lovelady Lovefest, set for Saturday Feb. 10, has been given a theme of “Super,” according to Lovefest parade coordinator Tammy Cousins.
“Anything super – superheros, super hearts, super anything,” Cousins said, listing possible themes for parade floats.
County political figures or groups or individuals interested in entering floats or antique cars in the parade are encouraged to arrive early on the day of the event, she said.
“It’s first-come, first-serve,” she said of the lineup for the parade. “Usually, we get there about 6:45 or 7 (a.m.) to start lining people up – and yes, they are there that early, even though the parade doesn’t start until 10 (a.m.).”
While there is no deadline to sign up for the parade, interested participants are encouraged to notify Cousins before the morning of the parade.
In addition to cars and floats, Cousins said horses and motorcycles are welcome to participate.
“You can throw out candy, if you want,” she said. “A lot of people do.”
Cousins estimated that last year’s parade lasted between one and a half hours and two hours. The route runs from the Lovelady State Bank to Lovelady High School. Highway 19 is closed throughout the duration of the parade.
While previous parades have been grand marshaled by one individual, this year’s event will see several individuals teaming up for that role.
“It’s way too many,” said Cousins when asked to provide names of the various grand marshals. “But it’s going to be good.”
According to Cousins, between 10 and 15 individuals will be sharing grand marshal duties.
“It’s super,” she said of the increased amount. “We’re going with the theme.”
Cousins also mentioned that the Lovelady Booster Club will be selling chances to win a golf cart, which will be making an appearance in the parade.
“They’re $20 a pop,” she explained. “We will have the drawing sometime in May.”
Cousins said that only 1,000 chances to win the golf cart will be sold.
Anyone interested in operating a food or arts and crafts booth during Saturday’s festivities is encouraged to call Lawanna Monk at 936-546-4054. To sign up to be a daytime entertainer, contact Jessica Hoy at 936-635-7750.
The annual Lovefest dance is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 in the Lovelady Old Gym. Entertainment will be provided by the Who’s Drivin’ Band.
Admission to the dance will be $20 per couple and $15 per single person. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and will be allowed in for $5. A $10 charge will apply to all coolers. No glass containers will be permitted.
Further information on the dance may be obtained by calling Monk.
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