The fun’s fixin’ to begin. The Reunion’s ready to roll.
Gates open at 5 p.m. for the seventh annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration — billed “Lucky No. 7” — and the fun, food and festivities that bring thousands to a 23-block spread in downtown Brownwood will officially be under way.
This year’s event features two major concerts, tonight and Saturday on the Celebration Stage, but performances throughout the day Saturday by hometown folk and a few musicians passing through will be staged at the Hometown Hero Stage of Lee Street; the Carnegie Corner Stage, on Carnegie across from Military World; and Center Park Stage on Baker Street.
And lots of the perennial favorite events of the Reunion weekend have returned as well. There’s the carnival, parades (the “Feels Like Home” grand parade at 10 a.m. Saturday and the “Show Your Glow” children’s parade at 7:45 p.m. Saturday), food court, Military World, Children’s World, mural painting, art and craft exhibits, contests and, as they say for all big events, “more.”
“More” in fact, than most can get to in one full weekend. A complete schedule is printed in today’s Bulletin on Page 6A.
To be there, though, for the start of it all, be at Celebration Stage. Jessica Martin will sing the National Anthem, for the official beginning at 6:50 p.m. Following that, the Brown County’s Got Talent finalists will perform. The James Black Band and Calvin Milburn will open for headliner Jack Ingram, a Texas native, who began writing songs and playing guitar as a student at SMU. Ingram’s current album, “This Is It,” features several hits on both the radio and video charts.
Saturday’s headline concert features Grammy award winner John Michael Montgomery. Other highlights of Saturday night’s concert include performances by the Brown County’s Got Talent champion, Chris Thompson and the Split Second Band, the Ryan Tharp Band, Samantha Bush singing the National Anthem and the Fireworks Spectacular show before Montgomery’s performance.