Mason’s Sesquicentennial Parade held on July 12th will not soon be forgotten. A record number of entries participated in the parade this year in celebration of 150 years of Mason County Pride. The Mason County Chamber of Commerce produced the parade totaling 82 participants who dazzled the crowd as they made their way around the Square!
The realization that the Sesquicentennial year only happens once encouraged people to be a part of something very special. Many citizens spent countless hours building floats for Roundup Weekend. Parade chairman, Bob Landers, assisted by Jeff Durst, dedicated themselves to making the parade unforgettable. It takes many volunteers to produce a parade of this size and many gave their time, labor, and even donated supplies. The Grand Marshall of the parade, Alex Grosse, was honored for this very thing - his many years of volunteer service in Mason.
The Mason Chamber of Commerce also assisted with Roundup pre-sale tickets and booth spaces for several local organizations. They included the Mason Rodeo Association, the Mason Quilt Bee Organization, Bluebonnet CASA, Hill Country Resource & Development, and the Mason County Historical Commission. Many efforts by many groups are made to produce a fun and exciting Roundup Rodeo Weekend every year.
First place ribbons for the parade were awarded to the Mason Square Museum for Best Antique Car; the Newsome family 1953 tractor for Best Antique Tractor; Mason Rural Clinic for Best Business Car, Commercial Bank for Best Business Float; Historical Society for Best Civic Float; Gillespie County Fair & Festivals for Best Out-of-Town Float; St. Paul’s Lutheran Children’s Church for Best Golf Cart; Joyce Durst & her miniature donkey “Daisy” for Best in the Animal Category; and the Mason Jr. High Cheerleaders for Best in the Children’s Division. The overall “Sweepstakes” winner of the parade was awarded to the Mason County Historical Society Civic Float. Congratulations!