Pearl of Texas shines-60th Annual Highlands Jamboree

Best of Theme Parade Float was by ZXP Technologies

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 O’Brien


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.