As part of Orange Groveís year-long Centennial Celebration, the Orange Grove Area Museum along with the City of Orange Grove, the Orange Grove Volunteer Fire Department and the Bulldog Street Rods will be hosting a large celebration in downtown Orange Grove on Saturday.

The celebration will kick-off with a roping event Friday night at the Foster Arena located east of Orange Grove on FM 738. A parade will kick off Saturdayís events in downtown Orange Grove

The Centennial Parade entrants will gather at 8 a.m. at the Orange Grove Rifle Club and the parade will begin at 9 a.m. Parade co-chairpersons are Natalie David and Haley Kopplin.

Parade entry forms may be picked up at the Orange Grove Area Museum, Orange Grove Intermediate School, The Floor Store,or Orange Grove Co-op. For more information on the parade, please contact Natalie at 384-9641 or Haley at 384-9358, ext. 300, during working hours.

A special program will be held at the conclusion of the parade honoring all of the men and women from Orange Grove who have retired from the military with 20 or more years of service. This program has been organized by Lupe Ramon Jr.

A special presentation giving the history of the Orange Grove area will be given by Frank Medrano.

The City of Orange Grove will be sponsoring a large stage where music will be presented throughout the afternoon and evening by local Coastal Bend area bands. Country and Tejano music will be provided which will be played by Los Comparres De Alice, Santa Fe, El Poder De Tejas, The Galloway Brothers and the Tyler McCumber Band.

A large stage and gathering tent will be provided by Budweiser and refreshments including beer will be sold. The city will be selling Orange Grove Centennial commemorative T-shirts, caps, and cozies. T-shirts are available for $10 each in sizes small through XX-Large. Centennial Koozies are $2.50 each and caps are $10 each. Special camoflauge caps are available for $12 each.

The Orange Grove Volunteer Fire Department will be sponsoring the OGVFD first annual BBQ Cook-off, benefiting the OGVFD. There will be a Jackpot Fajita Cook-off Friday night.

On Saturday there will be beef brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken, beans, chili and fajita competitions. Cooks should make sure to bring their best rigs for the showmanship award.

First place brisket winner receives $500. Contest packets are available at the Orange Grove Fire Station and Herschapís Propane. Cooks interested in competing should call Darrell Rusk at 361-701-6338, John Schmidt at 389-3177 or Sherman Miller at 701-3933 for more information.

The Up in Smoke Cooking Team of Orange Grove will be cooking the barbecue brisket for the Museumís Barbeque Brisket plate luncheon which will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orange Grove Senior Citizen Center. Tickets are for $6.50 a plate. The Up In Smoke Cooking team is lead by Joseph Willesden.

Minerva Scott will coordinate a group of volunteers who will help to serve and prepare the barbeque plates. Tickets for barbeque plates with beans, potato salad, and the trimmings are available at the museum and from individuals who will be selling the tickets. Barbeque plates may be eaten at the Senior Citizens Center or carried out.

Gabe Rodriguez of Premier Auto Collision Center and the Bulldog Street Rods Classic Car Club will be sponsoring a classic car show in downtown Orange Grove. Classic car owners from near and far are expected to display their cars and enter them into the various competitions which will be awarded late in the day.

If you are interested in the Classic Car Show, please call Rodriguez at 384-0091.

ó Staff Report