On the biggest weekend of the year for Brownwood, the weather was threatening to steal the spotlight — in a positive way.

“How many of you have had to wear a jacket on Reunion weekend?” Ben Cox, master of ceremonies for the Hands on a House Contest shouted as the ceremony introducing more than two dozen contestants got under way at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The stated opening for the 12th annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration was a 6 p.m., but activities were already under way throughout the downtown area.

And the pace will only intensify this morning. A full day and a full evening of activities promise to “let the good times roll” with highlight after highlight on the schedule that features the Feels Like Home Grand Parade at 10 a.m today, and the Honor A Hero Children’s Parade at 11:45 a.m.

Afternoon temperatures are forecast to be in the 80s, but that is welcomed after some previous Reunion weekends have endured upper 90s.

Friday’s opening events were capped by a packed arena on hand to hear 1980s singer Rick Springfield.

Another huge crowd is expected tonight for Wade Bowen at Celebration Stage in the Depot Civic and Cultural Center parking lot.

A number of other smaller stages throughout the downtown area will feature a host of local talent, and the Military World, dunking booth, rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline and Kid Zone are all popular draws. See the full schedule elsewhere on this webpage.

Inside the Brownwood Coliseum is a classic car show, while outside in the parking is the always popular carnival and midway.