By Lynda Jones
The Lovelady community is getting ready to "Rock Around the Clock" at the 34th annual Lovefest on Saturday, Feb. 13, and everyone is invited to participate.
The Lovefest court of princesses and their escorts, along with the flower girl and crown bearer, were introduced at a kick-off media event Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the historic Collins house in Lovelady.
The 2015 Lovefest Queen, Avery Brumley, will pass her crown to one of the lucky young ladies at the cornonation ceremony Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Lovelady High School gym. The event will start at 7 p.m. For more information about the coronation, call Lisa Allen or Carol Monk at 936-636-7636.
Area residents will start lining up along SH 19 in Lovelady bright and early Saturday morning, Saturday, Feb. 13 for the Lovefest "Rock Around the Clock" parade. Parade coordinator Tammy Cousins said it is very important that all entries be at the line-up site at 8:30 a.m.
"The parade is open to anyone who wants to enter," Cousins said, "but they must line-up at 8:30 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m."
For floats carrying small children, the children don't have to arrive until 9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m., but the floats and vehicles must be in the line-up at 8:30 a.m., she added.
There is no cost to enter the parade.
Bicycles, antique cars, ATVs, floats – all are welcome, Cousins said. For the antique cars, first, second and third place winners will receive ribbons, and a Best of Show will be awarded.
In the floats category, Best of Show, Most Unique and Best Theme will be selected.
Cousins also noted that for those entering horses, there will be a place for parking trailers and trucks.
For more information about the parade, contact Cousins at 936-545-1111 or 936-546-1331.
Another popular segment of the celebration is the Lovefest Baby Beauty Contest, sponsored by the Lovelady First United Methodist Women. Parents will be taking their little ones dressed in their Lovefest finest to the church fellowship hall beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.
Judging will be in the following age groups: 0-6 months, 7-12 months, 1 year olds, 2 year olds, 3 year olds and 4 year olds. Boys and girls will be judged separately, and the award ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at the bandstand located in the City Park (next to the Lovelady Old Gym).
Trophies will be awarded for first place, second place and third place in each group. High point trophies will go to Little Miss Lovefest and Little Mr. Lovefest. Applications are available at the Houston County Courier office in Crockett. For additional information about the Lovefest Baby Beauty Contest, call Mary Allen, 936-636-7372; JoAnn Henry, 935-624-6407; or Dorothy Williamson, 936-636-7097.
As always, as soon as the parade is over, the crowd will migrate to the City Park and the Lovelady Old Gym to enjoy hundreds of arts & craft booths, food booths, live entertainment and the barbecue cook-off.
For information about securing an arts & crafts or food booth, contact Lawanna Monk at 936-546-4054.
Anyone interested in performing daytime entertainment should call Jessica Lambert at 979-824-3703.
For information about the barbecue cook off, call Mike Broxson at 936-7337 or Ronnie Driskell at 636-7839 or 936-662-6539.
The Lovefest Dance, which features The Firecrackers this year, will close out the day. The dance will be at the Lovelady Old Gym from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. (midnight) on Saturday, Feb. 13. For information about the dance, call Lawanna Monk at 936-546-4054.
Festival goers will want to be properly attired in an official 34th Annual Lovefest 2016 "Rock Around the Clock" t-shirt or sweatshirt. The deadline for order forms and payment is Monday, Feb. 1. Forms can be dropped off at Broxson Hardware or the Lovelady Food Center, or children can give the form to Julie Hay at the school.
Forms also are available at the Houston County Courier office in Crockett. For more information about the shirts, call Beverly Moore at 936-546-3951.