Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

City welcomes visitors to 140th celebration

Clarendon is ready to welcome visitors to the 140th annual Saints’ Roost Celebration and also the Whistle-Stop Trade Days with festivities to be held on Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, as well as on Sunday, July 2, and Tuesday, July 4.

The celebration begins with a Depression Luncheon Friday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crossties Ministry Center next to the Library on Kearney Street. The Clarendon Outdoor Entertainment Association will open its Ranch Rodeo Friday night, at 7:30 at the COEA Arena followed by a dance at 9 p.m. featuring the music of Luke Koepke & Indian Creek.

The big day will be Saturday, July 1, beginning with the Arts & Craft Fair on the square at 9 a.m. sponsored by the Donley County 4H. Booths are $25 each and should be reserved through the Donley County 4H by calling 806-874-2141.

The Chamber of Commerce’s Old Settlers Reunion and the Kids’ Bicycle & Tricycle Parade also begin at 9 a.m. The Kids’ Parade will line up and register at 8:30 at Keith Floyd’s shop at Third and Sully. Ed Montana will provide music and serve as master of ceremonies on the square.

Line up for the Herring Bank Parade will also start at 9 a.m. on Sixth Street north of Prospect Park. At 10:00, the parade will then take its usual route – north on Kearney to Third Street, west on Third to Sully, south in front of the Courthouse, and then wind back to the ball parks.

The Herring Bank Parade features $850 in cash prizes with $200 available for the best float, $100 for the best car or truck entry, $100 for the best animal or riding unit, $100 for the best tractor or farm equipment entry, and $100 for the best “other” entry. From those first place winners, judges will select a Grand Prize winner who will receive an additional $250. Pre-registration is required for entrants to be judged for the prize money, and entry forms are due in the Visitor Center by 5 p.m. on June 29. Entry forms are at the Visitor Center and on ClarendonTx.com.

Also this year, the Chamber and Cornell’s Country Store will hold a “Show Us Your Boots” contest as part of the parade. One grand prize winner will get a $100 Cornell’s gift card, and one second place winner will get $50 in Chamber Cash. More information is available on the entry form at the Visitor Center and at ClarendonTX.com.

The Al Morrah Shrine Club barbecue will follow the parade at about 11 a.m. Tickets are $12 each.

Following the parade antique cars and other vehicles are invited to gather on Third Street in front of Keith Floyd’s shop for a car show and light refreshments.

The Lions Club will not be having bounce houses this year but are instead bringing back their Cow Patty Bingo following the barbecue.

Parade winners will be announced at 1 p.m. The Henson’s Turtle Race will follow at 3 p.m. And the Ranch Rodeo will close out the day at the COEA Arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the dance to follow with Dalton Domino providing the music.

Also happening during the celebration weekend, the Whistle-Stop will have its monthly trade days Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the former Chamberlain Motor Company property. The Whistle-Stop features more than 100 vendors as well as live music, food, and fun for the entire family.

COEA will hold a washer pitching contest Sunday afternoon. Two-person teams can sign-up beginning at noon with the pitching to start at 1 p.m.  The entry fee is $30.

Tuesday, July 4, will be celebrated with the Junior Ranch Rodeo that evening at the COEA Arena.  Team entries are still being taken for $125 each and can be made by calling 806-679-2738.

For more information, contact the Visitor Center at 806-874-2421 or visit ClarendonTX.com


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