Patriotism the theme for 2011 Howdy Neighbor Day

Patriotism is the theme for this year’s Howdy Neighbor Day in Fritch.The annual event is set to be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in the Fritch City Park. A parade will kick off this year’s activities. Beginning at 10 a.m., floats, decorated vehicles, golf carts, wagons, bicycles, cars, and tractors will proceed from the Fritch Post Office area down Broadway to the Fritch City Park.“This year, our emphasis is on our veterans and active duty military men and women,” Vicki Wilson, Fritch Area Chamber of Commerce President, said. “We would like to invite any veteran or active duty military personnel in the county to participate in our parade. We will have several floats on which these special county residents may ride.”In keeping with the patriotism theme, decorations should be patriotic and red, white, and blue. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places for floats and decorated vehicles only.Any veteran or active duty military man or woman who would like to be a part of the parade by being on one of the floats is asked to call either Wilson at 898-4109 or Chamber Secretary Judy Wilson at 674-6460 so an accurate county for the parade can be made.Those wanting to have a float or any type of vehicle in the parade are asked to call one of the numbers above to be registered for the parade or they may pick up registration forms to mail to the Chamber at Lowe’s Grocery or Fritch City Hall.A midway of booths will be set up at the Fritch City Park with a variety of food items, raffles, games, contests, information, arts and crafts, specialty items, and more.“All individuals, groups, and organizations wishing to have a booth for the upcoming Howdy Neighbor Day event are encouraged to get their booth reservations made as spaces are going quickly and electricity is on a first come, first served basis only,” Allen said.Those wanting to obtain a booth may call Allen or Wilson at the numbers above and a booth rental form will be emailed or mailed to them to fill out and mail back with their booth rental fee. Fees are $20 for a 10 foot by 10 foot booth, $40 for a 20 foot by 20 foot booth, and all trailers over 20 feet in length will be charged $60 for the one-day event.“Cowboy” Ken Lewing will act as the Howdy Neighbor Day emcee. He, along with a host of other local talent, will provide entertainment for the event.HND banners are also available to Fritch businesses at $15 again this year. Approximately two weeks before the celebration, Chamber members will hang the decorative and patriotic banners, which will stay up until after the event. Any business owner that is interested in having a banner may call the numbers above to be placed on the list. Banners must be paid for before they are hung.The “Fritch, Texas ‘Little town with the big heart’” t-shirts featuring local business sponsors on the back will be sold prior to and the day of Howdy Neighbor Day. Sizes youth small to adult extra large will be $15 each, and sizes XXL and up will be $17. Shirts are available in several colors and can picked up at the chamber booth at Howdy Neighbor Day.Proceeds from the shirt sales will go toward benches and tables for the Fritch City Park.“Get ready for some patriotic fun as we celebrate Howdy Neighbor Day, 2011, Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Fritch City Park!” Allen said.