Lindale, Texas (FOX51) — Saturday, October 12, 2013, the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce will host the biggest Country Fest ever.
Since 1985, Lindale's Country Fest has continued to entertain thousands of visitors and residents, with arts and crafts, games for the kids, great food, live entertainment, and much more. Each and every year added variety is given to the expanding crowds. So get up early and stay late, because you are all invited to Lindale for the day.
It all starts downtown Lindale with a pancake breakfast, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church at 7:00 a.m.
Scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m., will be one of the largest parades in East Texas. Traveling through downtown led by the Pride of Lindale, the Lindale High School Marching Band will be entries made up of dignitaries, floats, tractors, Shrine motorcycles, midget cars, clowns, horses, fire engines and much more. All parade entries must preregister with the Lindale Chamber of Commerce. New this year, entries are encouraged to decorate floats which will be judged and prizes awarded compliments of Southside Bank.
Follow the parade to Eagle Spirit Drive and Hwy 69 where you can stroll through the arts and craft booths, gobble a turkey leg, and take a look at the Lonestar Dodge Car Display. Children will spend the day at a variety of activities including: The Lindale State Bank climbing wall, the FFA petting zoo, Lindale Police Department's Kid's ID Booth, and lots of carnival games provided by the First United Methodist Church.
First class entertainment is sponsored by Miranda Lambert and the Miranda Lambert Store/Red 55 Winery.
Live Entertainment will kick off at 10:00 a.m., with Homefire Harbour, followed by Bongo & the Point at 11:15 a.m.
Casey Rivers with special guest Kallee Rhodes will take the stage at 12:30 pm. Countyfest Entertainment will conclude with the Lindale Idol Competition. Entries for the Lindale Idol Competition must preregister with the Lindale Chamber office.
The Kiwanis will host a Silent Auction from 9:00 a.m., until 11:00 a.m.
Then, Kiwanis will begin a live auction, with numerous items being auctioned off from 11:30 p.m., to 2:00 p.m.
Past auction items have included: restaurant gift cards, merchant gift cards, jewelry, autographed memorabilia, and trips.
Shrine Bull Fest will cap off the events at the Lindale Rodeo Arena on Hwy 16 W. at 6:00 p.m.
Bull riding begins at 7:00 p.m., where you will see professional bull riders in action. Advanced tickets may be purchased at: Cavender's Boot City, in Tyler and Brookshire's, Kidd-Jones, and Fleming Farm & Ranch Supply, in Lindale.
Tickets will also be sold at the gate.
For more information about the Shrine Bullfest contact Sharon Shrine Center at 903-566-2151 or Elaine Fitzgerald at 903- 882-9476.
For more information on all the events of the day contact the Chamber Office at 903-882-7181 or log on www.lindalechamber.org.