4th of July community carnival appreciation

Dear Editor,

Dear Cuero Community;

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the planning and participation of this year’s July 4th Cuero Community Carnival. The event was in jeopardy of almost not happening. But, thanks to a “quick to commit” volunteer planning committee, the Cuero Parks Department, generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers, it was a Patriotic Success!

The morning began under sunny skies as Cuero residents gathered at our City Park in preparation of the morning’s event. 2017 Miss Cuero, Brealyn Brown and her court greeted Young Patriots decked-out in Red, White & Blue as they lined up for a short parade march. Wagons, bicycles, electric cars, ATV’s, smiling faces and American Flags proudly waving at onlookers. Veteran Bobby Schley, accompanied by Boy Scout Troop 245 were ready to lead the march. This year’s Young Patriots Parade was graced with the rhythmic snare of drums, courtesy of our Mighty Gobbler Band Drum Line. Cuero Mayor, Sara Meyer, was on hand to kick off the carnival by leading everyone in The Pledge of Allegiance. Cuero Resident, Haley Morris, sang our National Anthem (acappella). Area First Responders came out in full force to greet the public. Allow me to take this opportunity to thank our Cuero Police and Fire Departments and EMS for your service and dedication to our community. We truly appreciate you!

The carnival not only served as a means to bring together members of our community in observance of a day set aside to celebrate our Nation’s Independence, but it also served as an opportunity to give back, especially to those in need. A bucket auction (conducted by the Women of Grace Episcopal Church) and cake walk (coordinated by Cuero Christ Healing Center – Jeannie Duderstadt) helped raise money for three local charities: Pet Adoptions of Cuero, C.A.M.A.L. House Food Pantry, and Ethosha Lynn’s Back to School Bash (school supplies for area kids). Thank You to all who donated items to the auction and Granny D’s Sweet Seats. Truly a wonderful cause as one hundred percent of the proceeds benefited the three area charities.

The public was treated to free hot dogs, lemonade, bottled water, snow cones, and popcorn thanks to the generosity of area businesses and churches. The Dewitt County Republican Party gave out American Flag pins, patriotic fans and Constitutions as a show of community fellowship and patriotism. Kids enjoyed complimentary inflatables fun, face painting and balloon twists. Everyone was invited to Strike a Patriotic Pose at the Selfie-Station or Make a Splash at the Dunking Booth, sponsored by the CHS Class of 2018 Project Graduation, Lantz Tire Service and Energy Waste.

Patriotic tunes played throughout the pavilion, provided by Shane & Renee Total Entertainment, and some carnival attendees even put on their boogie shoes front and center. The Dewitt County Boys & Girls Club displayed their current fundraiser, a new Ford Pickup truck (courtesy of Weber Motors) and raffle tickets were available for purchase. Mayor Sara Meyer, Ms. Cuero and her court, and lots of cheerful first riders were on hand as Bubba Steen did the honors of the ribbon cutting for the children’s train as part the dedication in loving memory of Bucky Sager, the train’s first official train conductor. Thanks to the Cuero Chamber of Commerce for providing the ribbon and scissors and to Garcia’s Lawn Service and Dee Sager for sponsoring the children’s train, The Bucky Express.

There were many behind the scenes volunteers and sponsors whom I’d like to thank individually, but am unable to name in this open letter, you will all be receiving an official letter of thanks for your generosity and contribution that helped make this event a success and enjoyable for all in attendance. Please visit our event page on Facebook for acknowledgements and photos of the day’s activities (July 4th Cuero Community Carnival).

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Gal.5:13)

Most sincerest thanks and appreciation,

Marie Miller

July 4th Community Carnival

Event Coordinator

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