By WILLIE GOODLOW
BARRETT STATION The Barrett Station Civic League and Jr. Civic League have exerted much effort to make this years homecoming and parade the best ever!
As in the past, the Civic League officers and members are encouraging all local and former residents, classmates, family members and neighbors to come home and celebrate during this homecoming week.
On Homecoming Day, a parade, variety of games, food and craft booths, music, entrepreneur booths, local businesses and health fair all happening on July 21.
The parade path will begin at the light at FM 1942 and FM 2100 and end at Riley Chambers Community Park.
There is always room for more entries in the parade. Feel free to enter your beautiful floats, boats, cars (all types, for example: classic, antique, custom painted, special detailing, trucks, wagons, etc. ), bikes, low-riders, four-wheelers and motorcycles. And, yes! Calling all hi-steppers, cheerleaders and marching bands, music of all sorts, drummers you name it!! For general questions, contact Katie Reed Roberson at (281) 328-5937. The parade lineup will start promptly, at 9 a.m., with the parade beginning at 10 a.m., sharp.
Grand Marshall will be Pa-Pa Willie Anderson, Sr. (Age 99), a long time resident of Barrett Station and honorary deacon of the historical Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Pa-Pa Willie is the father of nine children and a host of grandchildren up to five generations. He has come a l-o-n-g way, folks, 99 years worth! God is still blessing Pa-Pa Willie and the fruits of his labor.
To rent a booth, call the Community Center, at (281) 328-4713.
Some activities at the Park, following the parade, will include: a Silent Auction, Old Fashioned Cake Walk and Plant Sale and the Barrett Station Health Advisors 9th Health Fair.
There is free admission, from 9 a.m. to noon at the heath fair that will be set up in the Riley Chambers Community Center. Contact Kathra Arline, at (281) 328-1195; Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. contact Helen Williams, at (281) 328-1581
Also there will be an Around The World Basketball at 1p.m. (Ages 5-9 years) 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals will be awarded to winners; Basketball Shootout at 2 p.m. – (Ages 10-12 years) 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals will be awarded to winners and Basketball 3-on-3 Tournament at 3 p.m. (Ages 13-20 years) maximum of 4 players to each team. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals will be awarded to winners.
This years homecoming celebration begins on July 16 with the 9th Annual Queen Contest / 5th Year King Contest (sponsored by the Jr. Civic League), to be held at the Barrett Station Community Center at 7 p.m. Contact Lunda Jackson for information, at (281) 642-3903.
On July 17th is Barretts Got Talent – Judges will be used for this event. Any and all talent may participate, must register to participate. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded. Contacts are: Denise Mitchell, at (713) 392-6230; and Patricia Bass, at (832) 541-4958. NO ENTRY FEES!
July 18 features the Open Mic Talent Explosion at 6:30 p.m. with local rap artists, Gospel talent and more! Call Patrick Leonard, at (281) 838-7773 to register your talent.
Also on July 21 the Barrett Station Ministerial Alliance Benefit Musical will be held at Mt. Rose Church of God in Christ, located at 13000 FM Rd. 2100, Crosby, Texas.
By WILLIE GOODLOW