The Three Rivers Centennial celebration on Saturday, July 6 was a complete success. It took a lot of planning by the city of Three Rivers, the chamber of commerce and the Centennial Committee members, but all the details were worked out nicely.
It was a delight to see the flags flying in the wind a few days prior to the event as the bleachers, dance stage and dance floor, plus the vendors’ stands and First Aid area along with the police section were designated.
Even the green grass issues and mosquito control were taken care off so everyone attending would have a great time.
There was even a V.I.P. section that included an air-conditioned hospitality tent with snacks and refreshments and a Kid Zone area as well.
The events started at 4 p.m. and I was impressed that even the traffic control was reasonable. There were several commercial buses from Corpus Christi that bought many visitors to this great event.
By 5 p.m. there was a cloudy overcast that made the weather feel slightly cool and to everyone’s surprise there were even raindrops at 6:25 p.m. that cleared by 6:30 p.m. The dedication ceremony started shortly afterwards with Live Oak County VFW Post 6119 presenting the flags and Joe Burch led the National Anthem and the Pledge to the flag.
The pastor of River of Life church said the prayer followed by Mayor Sam Garcia presenting an appreciation plaque to Mike Pierson and Murrell Foster for all their outstanding work toward this centennial event.
Former Mayor James Liska was emcee as he welcomed all the elected officials, Three Rivers City Council members, city staff and George West commissioner’s court members.
Past Three Rivers’ mayors, Jerry Wheeler and Felipe Martinez were also recognized as well as 2013 Miss Live Oak County Queen Leslie Hatch and her court.
Commissioner Donna Mills said a short inspiring speech as she recalled 1963 as the year that Three Rivers celebrated the town’s 50th anniversary and the 75th anniversary in 1988 when the Tips family unveiled the historical marker at city hall.
Mills is a fantastic speaker and we could feel the pride as she said for all of us that had roots in Three Rivers to continue to have that pride of where we came from!
County Judge Jim Huff followed with a resolution in honor of 100 years of history for Three Rivers.
At 7:35 p.m. Ruben Salazar and Grupo Patron’s band started and people started dancing followed by Gary Glenn and the 20X Band.
What a proud feeling to know that both Ruben and Gary resided in Three Rivers and graduated from TRISD.
Another highlight during a short intermission at 8:15 p.m. happened on stage when Tommy Garcia related that his first official date with his girlfriend Stevie Rae happened in Three Rivers and he called her up on stage. Just as she approached, he got down on one knee and proposed to her!
It was so nice to hear him ask, “Will you marry me?” and she almost started to cry (with happiness) and said, “Yes!” … Just think… 20 years from now, they will have a story to tell about their engagement during our Three Rivers’ Centennial celebration!
The music continued until 9:30 p.m. when the fireworks started!
It was magnificent to see the beautiful 20-minute show and followed immediately with the Randy Rogers Band. By then the dance stage became like a life concert with all their fans crowding around to hear the music. Randy also autographed his CD and it was being raffled off to help with TRISD scholarships.
These are the memories mentioned that I will treasure of our July Centennial celebration of Three Rivers!