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Fun forecast for the Fourth
by Jason Collins
Jul 03, 2009 | 717 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The watermellon eating contest will once again be held at this year's July 4 celebration.
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Those visiting the Bee County Expo Center this weekend will see something a little different – a performance by native Americans singing traditional songs and playing traditional drums.

Larry Running Turtle Salazar said that while surgery is preventing him from being at the Expo Center’s Fourth of July celebration this year, others will be in Beeville, including Vicki Smiling Water Harraghy.

“She is a storyteller. She is going to be doing some traditional drumming,” he said. “She will also be doing some traditional storytelling.”

Running Turtle said that he and the others do performances like these to remind people of the native American traditions.

“A lot of people just hear about it or see it on television,” he said. “But to hear it in person, that is a great treat.”

This won’t be the only entertainment Saturday afternoon.

Indomable will hit the stage at 4 p.m. The ballet folklorico will perform at 7 p.m. The Alex Flores Band will take the stage at 8 p.m. and Joel Nava and the Border will start playing their music at 10 p.m.

For those in the mood to shop, a wide variety of vendors will have booths on the Expo Center grounds.

Lou Trlica, administrator at the center, said that the vendors so far have been varied. While one is selling barbecue grills that sit on the back of a vehicle, others are selling jewelry and knickknacks for the home.

It all will begin though with the traditional opening ceremonies at 3 p.m., which will include a welcome by Bee County Judge David Silva and Beeville Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez.

Throughout the day, visitors can watch pie eating and watermelon eating contests, pie baking contests and be amazed by the magic of Paul Gallagher.

There will also be games and activities for the youngsters and booths for the parents.

The spectacular July 4th fireworks show will be ignited at 9 p.m.

This year, about $15,000 in pyrotechnics will light the night sky over Beeville to the delight of everyone.

Admission to the grounds is $5 per car. Anyone wanting more information about entering the contests or renting a booth can call the expo center at 362-3290.
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