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“HIGHLANDS PROUD” theme keynotes 50th Jamboree

By GILBERT HOFFMAN

HIGHLANDS– Thousands lined Main Street to view the parade, attend the Miss Highlands Pageants, view the crafts booths, run in the Fun Run, and dance the night away at the street Jam.
Last weekend was the 50th Highlands Jamboree, and great weather and a well organized event contributed to large crowds and a good time for everyone involved.
Jamboree organizers included Margie Elliott, Betty Brewer, Ramona Hanagrif, Brandi Tapley, Tonya Russell, Jessica Woods, and scores of volunteers that helped.
The theme of the event was Highlands Proud, and many of the floats in the parade used this motto on their floats.


Judges for the parade this year were Jeanie Kratky, Debby Amberger, and Stacey Going. The awards in the parade were as follows:
TOP PRIZE, for BEST THEME: Prince’s Roller Rink.
BEST OF SHOW:
1. 1st Apostolic Church
2. Woodforest Bank
3. Princes Roller Rink
BEST COMMERCIAL FLOAT:
1. Woodforest Bank
2. Prince’s Roller Rink
3. Mi Jardin Nursery
BEST NON-COMMERICAL:
1. 1st Apostolic
2. Highlands 4-H
3. Pilot Club
BEST ANTIQUE CARS:
1. Carl Cooper, 38 Chevy
2. Ellard Lambert, Yellow truck
BEST RACE CARS:
Tie 3 ways, with Brad Ball, Ronnie Mekalip, and Chance Mekalip.
BEST SCHOOLS:
1. Sterling Stars/Sterling Band/HJS Band (combined)
2. HJS Cheerleaders
3. B.P. Hopper
In the raffle, prize winners were as follows:
1. Magnavox TV/DVD, Phillip Morris; 2. Laptop Computer, Teddy Matocha; 3. Diamond Bracelet, Paul Pickynski; 4. Afghan, Susan Hotchkiss; and 5. Dual DVD Player, Jesus Zarate.