Despite the much-needed rain that poured over Brownwood Thursday evening, volunteers continued to make preparations for the 14th annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration.

“We have amazing troopers who worked in the rain to get all of this set up,” said Kim Peterson, director of the Brownwood Reunion. “Even though we had a big rainfall, things are coming together nicely and we are very excited for this year.”

The gates at Celebration Stage will open at 6:30 p.m. this evening, with Ellashore kicking off this year’s concert series at 7:30 p.m., followed by Van Wilks at 9 p.m. Country singer Pat Green will take the stage at 10:30 p.m. “We are all very excited to see Pat,” Peterson said. Green is replacing Survivor, whose lead singer Jimi Jamison died Aug. 31.

This evening will also kick off the 11th annual “Hands on a House” competition. “This is one of the most popular events every year,” said competition chair Merisha Parvis. “It has gotten bigger and better every year and since a food drive has been incorporated into the competition, the community has really gotten involved which has made it that much better.”

Saturday activities begin early with the 10K/5K run and 1.5 mile walk. Parvis said there are more than 100 entrants in this competition. “This is a great time for everyone involved. The entrants who do the walk are unique because you will see parents pushing babies in strollers all the way to senior citizens. It is also fun because several of the businesses in the area form teams and they get involved.”

The grand parade begins at 10 a.m. “This year, the ‘Honor a Hero’ parade has been integrated with the grand parade,” Parvis said. “Everyday heroes from our area will lead the parade, which is a way to honor them for what they do for us every day.”

The BBQ cook-off is always a popular event. “This is an International Barbeque Cookers Association sanctioned event,” Parvis said. “Because of that, it draws people from all over. We have teams from all over the state in Brownwood this weekend. Entrants into this competition prepare brisket, ribs, chicken and beans.”

Local musicians and one slam poet will compete in an effort to be declared the winner of “Brownwood’s Got Talent.” “The top 12 will compete for the judges Saturday and the winner will get to perform before Restless Heart Saturday night,” Parvis said. “There is a lot of talent in this competition. This will not be an easy decision for the judges.” The winner of this competition will be decided by the judge’s scores, as well as votes garnered through celebratebrownwood.com.

The Brownwood Coliseum will also be a hot spot during the weekend. While the Pride of Texas Midway will draw many to its rides and games, vehicle enthusiasts will be inside competing in the annual car show. “This is another competition that has gotten bigger and better every year,” Parvis said. “Every year we try to have a different variety of cars. It is actually one of the biggest crowd draws each year.”

New to the Brownwood Reunion is the CrossFit obstacle course. “We are really excited about this,” Parvis said. “This is open to anyone and you can register onsite. You can do it for fun or enter the competition and prizes will be awarded.”

The Saturday night concerts will feature Southern Cross at 7:30 p.m., followed by James Dupre at 8:30 p.m. The winner of “Brownwood’s Got Talent” will perform at 10:15 p.m., with Restless Heart taking the stage at 10:30 p.m.

“This is going to be a great year,” Peterson said. “All of us hope everyone has a great time. There is something for everybody.”

A full event schedule can be found at www.celebratebrownwood.com.