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Stockdale News: Mark your calendar for Jubilee time
The Stockdale Chamber of Commerce held its regular monthly meeting on April 29, and the board is busy finalizing plans for the 69th annual Watermelon Jubilee that is now just a few weeks away!
Jubilee festivities get started on June 1 this year with the first-ever Watermelon Jubilee Golf Tournament, which will be held at the Golf Club of Seguin. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start scheduled for 8 a.m. The entry fee of $75 per golfer or $300 per team includes golf cart, greens fees, and refreshments after the tournament’s conclusion. Mulligans will be sold. Golfers ages 65 or older will be allowed to play from senior tees. Save by registering early before Thursday, May 30 ($280 per team). For information or questions regarding players or teams, call Jesse Vela at 830-391-4335 or Donald Bennett at 830-391-2467. Entry forms are available on our website at www.stockdaletx.org and also at Brahma Bullpen in Stockdale.
The Former Queens Tea will be held Sunday, June 2, from 2-4 p.m. in the Stockdale High School cafeteria. Special guest at the tea will be Miss Rodeo Texas Rosanna Pace. Additionally, the outgoing Jubilee and Rodeo courts will present a slideshow of memories from this past year, and it is also a great opportunity to meet the candidates for this year’s Jubilee and Rodeo courts! If you are a former Jubilee or Rodeo queen (or both!), please make plans to attend this fun event!
The Coronation of Queen Melone LXIX will take place on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. in the Stockdale Elementary School cafeteria. Bring your Chamber of Commerce membership card for free admission into the coronation and meet the “Court of Southern Summers.”
The annual Watermelon Jubilee Volleyball Tournament will also be held on June 8 at the Stockdale City Park. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with play starting at 10 a.m. The tournament is co-ed with six-man teams. Entry fee is $120 per team, with cash prizes to the winning team. For more information or to register your team, contact Kevin at 830-832-2604 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jubilee weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 13, with turn-in and judging for the Watermelon Growing Contest from 4-8 p.m. at 1009 West Jackson St. in Stockdale. The deadline to enter this year’s Watermelon Growing Contest is Wednesday, June 12, by 5 p.m. Entries received on or before Friday, May 31, are $25; entries received after May 31 are $50. All entries are required to submit an additional donation of five watermelons to be turned in at the official weigh-in on June 13.
Also on Thursday will be the third installment of professional wrestling at the Jubilee -- Watermelon Rumble III. Bell time is 7 p.m. and will be followed by a concert with “The Hillbilly Jug Band” from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets for Thursday night’s festivities are just $5 and can be purchased at the gate or online at www.ticketweb.com. For the duration of Jubilee weekend, children 10 and younger get in free!
Friday’s festivities will begin with the crowning of Miss Rodeo Stockdale 2013 and her court during the Lester Meier Rodeo Company pre-show at 7 p.m., to be followed by the first installment of the Watermelon Jubilee Rodeo, including mutton bustin’ and a calf scramble.
The winner of the Watermelon Growing Contest will be announced during the rodeo halftime. Concerts for Friday will feature “Turnpike Troubadours” and headliner Stoney LaRue.
Watermelon Crawl 5K
Saturday will be an early morning with day-of-race registration and T-shirt pick-up for the Watermelon Crawl 5K and Kids Crawl Fun Run beginning at 6:45 a.m. at 1009 West Jackson St. in Stockdale. Shuttle service to the starting point of the Watermelon Crawl 5K race will begin from that location at approximately 7:15 a.m. The Watermelon Crawl 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. near Jackson Nature Park on C.R. 401. The Kids Crawl Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. at 1009 West Jackson St. The deadline for early registration for this year’s Watermelon Crawl 5K Run/Walk and Kids Crawl is 3 p.m. Friday, June 14. Registration forms are available on our website at www.stockdaletx.org or at the Brahma Bullpen in Stockdale. Early registration is also available online at www.athleteguild.com.
Awards will be given to the overall top male and female finishers, as well as the top male and female finishers in each age group for the Watermelon Crawl 5K race. For the Kids Crawl, each child will receive a participation ribbon. The top boy and girl finishers will also receive medals, and T-shirts will be given to all participants.
The annual Watermelon Jubilee Parade, which will begin Saturday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m., will feature grand marshal Dottsy Brodt Dwyer. Prospective parade entrants can register by downloading an entry form from our website or by filling out an entry form at City Hall in Stockdale.
Following the parade, the City Park will be full of family fun with activities for all ages, including kiddie games and attractions, live music, food and craft vendors, horseshoe and washer tournaments, and more. Admission into the park for Saturday afternoon is completely free, so please make plans to spend the afternoon with us!
The 69th annual Watermelon Jubilee will conclude Saturday night with the final installment of the Lester Meier Rodeo Company performance and concerts by Jason Eady and co-headliners Cody Canada & “The Departed” and “Reckless Kelly.”
As a reminder, if you are interested in having a food, craft, or information booth on the grounds during Jubilee weekend, please visit our website for entry forms and rules. Prospective vendors may also email email@example.com for information packets and more information.
It is not too late to secure your Jubilee sponsorship slot as well. This is a great way to advertise your business during Jubilee weekend. Our 2013 sponsorship package can be found on our website as well.
We hope to see you and your family next month at the 69th annual Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee!
Sherry D. Lambeck is the president of the Stockdale Chamber of Commerce.
Jesse Vela, vice president
Betty Soto, secretary
Rick Rutland, treasurer
Frank Bain Jr., director emeritus
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