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Annual celebration offers blast for all generations

ANTIQUE TRACTOR – Joe Embry drove this 1952 Model B John Deere tractor during the parade this past weekend. More than a dozen tractors were featured for the festivities. (Staff Photo)

CUSTOM PICKUP – This red 1954 custom Chevrolet pickup drew plenty of looks during Saturday’s parade. It was driven by owner Michael Grant. The model 3100 Chevrolet has a 350-cubic inch engine. (Staff Photo)

DOUBLE WINNERS – Lamb County Electric Cooperative won two prizes with their fanciful float during the Early Settlers’ Day parade in Levelland. They won the ‘Best of Show’ with its traveling trophy and also the Commercial entry. (Staff Photo)

The 52nd annual Early Settlers’ Day celebration was a success by more than one measure.

‘We made a lot of changes from the back side,’ said Mary Siders, Chamber of Commerce president.

This year’s parade was also much easier than ones in the past, she said, crediting a Parade Committee and the Levelland Band Boosters for their work.

A total of 101 vendors participated in this year’s celebration.

The dance that was held Saturday night at the Mallet Event Center & Arena did not draw a large crowd. But the band, ‘Roadhouse Trio,’ was ‘awesome,’ she said.

‘Wild, Wild West Texas’ was the theme of this year’s celebration.

This year’s parade featured nearly 160 official entries.

The event, which was orchestrated by the Levelland Band Boosters, featured seven categories.

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