HIGHLANDS Jessica Woods can relax now, she has survived another Jamboree, and it was quite a success. The Chamber of Commerce, and its officers and members, put a lot of effort into this event.
This annual event started with the opening of the Highlands State Bank in 1955, and appropriately enough, its successor, Woodforest National Bank, was the title sponsor for the Jamboree this year.
Woods is the Executive Director of the Chamber, which it the beneficiary of funds raised by the event.
Really good weather brought out a large crowd who thoroughly enjoyed the Fun Run in the morning, the parade at 10 am, and the afternoon activities at the Elementary School. These included crafts booths, a large variety of food booths, a silent auction, games and jump houses for the kids, and a very popular Kids Pageant for children from Year 1 through Year 11.
The Parade Floats were judged by three out-of-area women: Joy Copley, Tobi Copley, and Tiffany McCain.
Winning Floats were ZXP for Best of Theme, Woodforest Bank for Best Commercial, Shriners Mini Cars for Best Non-commercial, and Highlands Elementary for Best School Spirit.
The morning 5K Fun Run/Walk was won by the following:
1st – Abraham Greene
2nd – Collen Titlle
3rd – Ethen Earls
Tie – Jamie Childress, Kaia Morgan
1st – Riley OBrien
1st – Leroy Valladares
2nd – Emmanuel Valladares
3rd – Gabriel Maldonado
The parade had over 35 units participating, including two bands, all the Fire Trucks from Highlands, Parade Marshal and Terry Davis Award winner Archie Bickley, and Business of the Year Highlands Rotary, with Denise Smith riding the club truck.