The annual Fourth of July parade in Stephenville was – as always − a huge success, with almost 200 entries and the streets lined with parade-goers.

Jeremy Allen, director of community services, announced the winners of the various categories.

“With nearly 200 entries it was hard to narrow the parade down into nine winners," he said. "We know a lot of people put a lot of effort into getting their floats ready for this wonderful event.”

The winners were announce at the BBQ, Bands, and Bottle Rockets main stage after the parade. Here’s a recap of the award winners:

• Best of Parade – Cornerstone VBS (Peanuts themed)

• Community Spirit - Texas Health Resources (HERO Vet Pictures)

• Best Cheer/Dance/Drill Team – Texas Twisters (Trampoline on the float)

• Military Float – United Daughters of the Confederacy (Full dresses and military attire)

• Most Spirited Float – Rocky Point Wee School (Firecracker theme)

• Best Decorated – Valley Grove Baptist Church (Pyramid/Egypt)

• Best in Band – Cornerstone Church

• Family Friendly – Fitness Center (Lego theme)

• Announcers Choice – US Sand and Gravel (tractor passing out candy)

“The family fun festival put on by BBQ, Bands, and Bottle Rockets nearly doubled in participation with an estimated 3,000 participants. The Texstar Ford Concert Series was jam packed, and the fireworks show was amazing.”

Pointing to the financial effect on the local economy, Allen said, “The economic impact of an event like this has on Stephenville is immeasurable.”

He estimated that throughout the day, nearly 10,000 people celebrated Independence Day in Stephenville at these city-sponsored events.

“If we didn’t have staff and volunteers come together to put on an amazing event, people would go somewhere else.”

Allen said the parade was handled by the city and coordinated by the Parks and Recreation staff.

“The police and streets departments supported all of the events by blocking off roads, controlling traffic and crowds, and the fireworks were provided by the Optimist Club.

“These are group of dedicated citizens that care about the community and having a special event that all can be proud of, ”Allen said, adding, “After the festival the city takes the lead again partnering with Texstar Ford for the summer concert series.”

Texstar has been the proud sponsor for the music for 16 years and helps bring big acts to Stephenville. The concert headlined by Larry Joe Taylor featured Tejas Brothers and Davin James.

"The Fourth of July event in Stephenville can’t be duplicated in any other city. There’s such a great feeling of community throughout the day and that feeling is what makes Stephenville a great place to live and visit.”