By Lynda Jones
The 34th Annual Lovelady Lovefest, in keeping with this year's theme, Rock Around the Clock, was a rockin' good time on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Grand Marshals Ron-Ann Easton and Carol Broxson led the parade of colorful floats, classic cars and more. The Lovelady ISD band kept the mood of the theme with music from the 1950s and 1960s.
Tammy Cousins, director of the parade, announced the following winners:
First place float and Best Overall for theme honors went to the Antioch Baptist Church. The NAPA Auto Parts and Ace Bail Bonds float won second place in the float category, as well as Most Original and Best of Show in the theme category. The Gresham family won third place in the float category.
Other winners in the Theme category were Seventh Grade, first place; Lovelady Elementary UIL, second place; and First Baptist Church, third place.
Winners in the Antique Cars category were: Best of Show, Gary Bryant, 1957 Chevy BelAir; first place, Gary Nunley, 1966 Chevy truck; second place, Shelly Gear, 1971 Ford GT; and third place, J. T. Garriell, 1956 Cadillac.
Winners of the Bikes, ATVs and Four-Wheelers category were: Best of Show, Colby Taylor, Lane Crowson and Mikala Rivers; Most Decorated, Darcy Corcoran and Christian Corcoran; Most Reddest, Brady McCullough and Mikey Montemayor; and Most Loudest, Jarred Gambill and Eric Anderson.
Following the parade, folks headed to the Lovelady City Park for a sunny afternoon, smelling the aromas of the Barbecue Cook-Off, rides and games for the kids, shopping at all the vendor booths, and enjoying a variety of live entertainment that ranged from pretty little dancers to dogs performing tricks. The petting zoo also was a hit, in addition to the traditional funnel cakes, sausage on a stick, hamburgers, turkey legs, lemonade and other tasty favorites.
To top off the day of activities, many headed to the Lovelady Old Gym afterwards to dance the night away, making the Lovefest a true "Rock Around the Clock" celebration.