This weekend promises to be a busy time full of family-friendly activities in Cumby as the city celebrates its heritage with Blackjack Grove Day. Saturday will mark the 39th year the annual festival has been held.
The festivities kick off bright and early Saturday morning in Cumby City Park, 114 West Main St., with the 3rd Annual Blackjack 5K Run/Walk. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the event starts at 8 a.m. The cost to register is $20 in advance for ages 15 and older and $25 on race day. Ages 14 and under participate free. A limited number of T-shirts will be provided for adults, so early sign up is encouraged. Youth 14 or younger won’t receive a T-shirt.Trophies will be awarded for the first place overall male and female, and medals will be given for the top three males and females by age category. Ribbons will go to the top three in the 14 or younger age group. For more details or to obtain a register form, go online to www.cityofcumby.com. All profits support the revitalization of the Cumby City Park.
Of course no big bash is complete without a parade. This year’s will begin at 11 a.m. with the theme of “Red, White and Bluebonnets.” Those participating will line-up at I-30 Fast Mart at 10:30 a.m.
The Annual Blackjack Grove Daughters Stew will start after the parade. Enjoy all you can eat of beef and chicken stew, plus a drink and dessert for just $6. Quarts of stew will also be available for $6.
The Junior Class Auction and Cumby Volunteer Fire Department Horseshoe Tournament will both begin at 1 p.m. Sign-up for the horseshoe tourney will begin at 9 a.m.
The Miss Blackjack Grove pageant for infant through sixth grade girls begins at 3 p.m.
Juding for the Blackjack Grove Experience Automobile Show ends at 2 p.m., with the winners announced after the pageant. The Auto Show will include cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Cumby Masonic Lodge will offer a barbecue sandwich, chips, tea and water for $6.
A street dance featuring Danny Richley and The 69 South Band starts at 8 p.m.
The Blackjack Grove Day activities at Cumby City Park will also include games, a bounce house, assorted food booths, live music and craft booths.
For more information, contact Angie Hall at Cumby City Hall at 903-994-2272.
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