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Three Rivers Big Bang Saturday
by Matt Naber
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The night sky was lit up by a fireworks show at Hilber H. Kopplin Memorial Park during Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
The night sky was lit up by a fireworks show at Hilber H. Kopplin Memorial Park during Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
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Lead singer Randy Rogers takes to the microphone as he and the rest of the Randy Rogers Band perform at the Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
Matt Naber photo Lead singer Randy Rogers takes to the microphone as he and the rest of the Randy Rogers Band perform at the Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
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The stage lighting may have been blue for a while during the Randy Rogers Band's performance at the Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday, but the atmosphere was anything but blue as fans crowded the stage and sang along.
Matt Naber photo The stage lighting may have been blue for a while during the Randy Rogers Band's performance at the Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday, but the atmosphere was anything but blue as fans crowded the stage and sang along.
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Gary Glenn leans into the crowd as Cody Luster plays rhythmn guitar with the rest of Gary Glenn and the 20X Band at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday. Glenn is a graduate of Three Rivers High School and returned to his hometown to perform as part of the town's 100th anniversary celebration.
Matt Naber photo Gary Glenn leans into the crowd as Cody Luster plays rhythmn guitar with the rest of Gary Glenn and the 20X Band at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday. Glenn is a graduate of Three Rivers High School and returned to his hometown to perform as part of the town's 100th anniversary celebration.
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Brad Lindsley and Karla Rivas heat up the dance floor as Ruben Salazar and Groupo Patron perform at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
Matt Naber photo Brad Lindsley and Karla Rivas heat up the dance floor as Ruben Salazar and Groupo Patron perform at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
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Vanessa Gray and Henry Estrada dance up a storm to Ruben Salazar and el Groupo Patron at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
Matt Naber photo Vanessa Gray and Henry Estrada dance up a storm to Ruben Salazar and el Groupo Patron at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
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Joe Burch was the first musician to hit the stage at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday. Burch sang the National Anthem and two original songs; the first one was about the history of Three Rivers and the other was about the Eagle Ford Shale.
Matt Naber photo Joe Burch was the first musician to hit the stage at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday. Burch sang the National Anthem and two original songs; the first one was about the history of Three Rivers and the other was about the Eagle Ford Shale.
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Former Three Rivers Mayor James Liska and Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff recognize locals' contributions to the town at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
Matt Naber photo Former Three Rivers Mayor James Liska and Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff recognize locals' contributions to the town at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
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Esmeralda Rios, 9, of Three Rivers strikes a pose as she holds on to the swinging ship ride with her brother, Abraham Rios, 7, by her side at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
Matt Naber photo Esmeralda Rios, 9, of Three Rivers strikes a pose as she holds on to the swinging ship ride with her brother, Abraham Rios, 7, by her side at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
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Anthony Davis, 7, of Three Rivers turns in for a collission on the bumper cars ride at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
Matt Naber photo Anthony Davis, 7, of Three Rivers turns in for a collission on the bumper cars ride at Three Rivers Centennial Big Bang Saturday.
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Saturday night’s sky was lit up with fireworks, and the sounds of two local bands and the Randy Rogers Band could be heard from miles around as Three Rivers celebrated its 100th anniversary with their Big Bang Saturday at Hilbert H. Kopplin Memorial Park.

This was former Three Rivers Mayor James Liska’s dream according to Executive Director of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce Murrell Foster. Liska said it was a shared dream between he and his wife, Shelley.

“We wanted to have a show that people would remember for the rest of their lives, and I think we did that with the fireworks and the bands; they will always remember it,” Liska said.

About 8,000 people attended the Three Rivers Centennial throughout the evening, with 5,000 in attendance during the grand finale Randy Rogers Band performance.

“I want to thank everyone for coming out, without them coming it’s not a celebration; it is the people that made the event in my opinion,” Liska said.

Festivities kicked off at 4 p.m. with carnival rides, food stands, beer tents and vendor booths.

Liska said Shelley Liska was a big supporter of providing carnival rides for the kids.

“We tried to get a bit of everything for everyone to make it a true family event from young to old,” Liska said.

“We tried to cover our bases because this is a one-shot deal; it’s the only time something of this magnitude being held in Three Rivers,” Foster said.

Local elected officials took to the stage at about 7 p.m. to speak about the town’s centennial anniversary.

Liska thanked the city staff for helping to make the celebration possible during his speech including Rosie Forehand, Rocky Mendez, Three Rivers Police Chief Vance Roberts, and Centennial Committee members Diana Kuenstler and Patty Reagan.

Speakers also included Live Oak County Commissioner Donna Mills, Judge Jim Huff, and state representative Ryan Guillian’s chief of staff, Reid Koenig.

Three Rivers resident Joe Burch was the first musician to hit the stage with his performance of the national anthem and two original songs, one about the history of Three Rivers and the other about the Eagle Ford Shale.

Ruben Salazar wasn’t just on the Centennial Committee’s sub-committee with responsibility for getting beer and a barbecue stand, he was also on the stage as lead singer of Ruben Salazar and el Groupo Patron. His band was next on the stage with the first round of dancers to hit the dance floor at about 7:30 p.m. Three Rivers High School graduate Gary Glenn and his band, Gary Glenn and the 20X Band were next on the stage before the fireworks started after sundown.

Liska said Richard and Robin Dockery allowed the city to launch the fireworks from their property so the crowd would have a good view of the display.

The dance floor was packed with the crowd standing shoulder-to-shoulder when the Randy Rogers Band took to the stage.

“What surprised me the most was the age of the crowd,” Foster said. “I knew they were young, but they were even younger than what I anticipated.”

The band performed until about midnight, video footage of the festivities can be seen at mysoutex.com.
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