There will be something for everyone in Hico “Where Everybody is Somebody” at the 121st Old Settler’s Reunion beginning tonight with the Citizen of the Year Banquet.
The reunion runs through Saturday and is said to be the oldest event of its kind in Texas.
Rock House BBQ will cater tonight’s banquet at 6 p.m. at the Hico Junior High School Cafetorium. Tickets for the event are $15 according to Pat Ross, Hico Civic Club president.
Also kicking off today is the carnival presented by E & B Fun Time Rides held at the City Park. Ross said armbands will be offered for $14 and gives buyers unlimited rides.
Under the main pavilion at the city park Wednesday, girls will be competing for the Miss Hico Reunion title beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in downtown Hico there will be a parade. Entry forms can be picked up at City Hall. The same night under the big pavilion at the city park will be a Talent Show similar to an open mike night, where no winner will be chosen, Ross said.
“It’s more just for entertainment,” Ross said.
Friday night in the same location there will be dancing to the music of Green’s Creek beginning at 9 p.m. Ross said this band is “geared more towards a teenage crowd.”
On Saturday, another dance band will begin at 9 p.m. called Zach Hucabee & the Texas Honky Tonk Road Show. Ross said this is a progressive country band and offers all kinds of music appealing to all ages.
Ross said historically the biggest nights are Thursday and Saturday with 500 to 800 people attending. Entry into the park is $2 per person and children under six years of age are free.
Food and drink booths will be available.
Ross said this is the largest annual fund-raiser for the Hico Civic Club and proceeds are used towards community improvements. In the past, the club has painted the roofs of pavilions at the city park; planted trees at the hike and bike trail and even purchased glasses for school children.