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52nd Annual Go Texan Parade ready to start ropin’ dollars for scholars

February 12, 2017 GMT

At least 65 entries are already saddled up for a Downtown Conroe tradition.

The 52nd Annual Go Texan Parade will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Conroe. The “Ropin’ in Dollars for Scholars” themed parade will be presented by Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Houston Metro Go Texan Committee, Conroe/Willis/The Woodlands Subcommittee, and Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce in an effort to promote the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and raise money for Montgomery County students’ scholarships.

There’s still time to enter into the parade which on average sees about 80-100 floats during nonelection years and 140-150 entries on election years, according to Go Texan Parade Chairman Will Evans, who said the committee plans to announce supporting organizations to provide credit and make the event more personable. This year will also feature two Grand Marshals, who are both residents and longtime Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Volunteers: Barbara Ann “Babs” Causey and Trudie M. Underwood.

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Evans hopes the community will turn out to support the historical heritage, support the kids, get involved, and take pride in the Go Texan tradition.

“Kids will work on these floats months at a time,” he said. “It’s nice to see someone come out and show appreciation.”

The downtown Conroe route will once again start and stop on Metcalf Street close to North Frazier Street. For those interested in participating, commercial entries (no donative value) is $50 for the first vehicle with one additional vehicle at $10. Political entries (no donative value) is $100 for one vehicle only. The fee is waived for elected officials currently not running for office. There is no fee for the nonprofit/youth entry.

Entry classifications include horses, marching/walking, judged float and other.

Judged floats shall be deemed a vehicle on which the frame or platform shall not be less than 8 x 12 ft. completely decorated, including the sides and ends thereof, and any object thereof, and completely concealing the wheels of the vehicle, according to the parade committee. Floats should bear the name of the underwriter and the theme depicted.

Check or money orders should be made payable to Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo with entry no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 17.

Please return entry forms to the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 2347, Conroe, TX 77305 or their physical address at 505 W. Davis St., Conroe, TX 77301. For more information, call 936-756-6644 or email courtneyg@conroe.org.

Go Texan 5K Run/Walk

The Go Texan Stampede 5K/Run and Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at Heritage Place Park at 500 Collins St. in Conroe. Entry fees are $25 before Jan. 31 and $30 before Feb. 17. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers.

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“We always promote crossing the finish line in boots,” Evans said. “Some of the people run with the boots on their back until the last quarter mile and then put on the boots. That’s kind of funny to watch.”

Registrations are due by Feb. 17. Information packets are available for pick-up at the Chamber of Commerce at 505 W. Davis Street in Conroe from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21-24. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/27222174256 or contact the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce at 936-756-6644 or www.conroe.org, or mail the completed form to the Chamber of Commerce, 505 W. Davis St., Conroe, TX 77301.

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed nearly $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com.