Bulletin Staff Report

The 44th annual Brown County Rodeo is only a month away, and plans for festivities after the downtown parade are now being made, according to Emily Crawford, tourism manager at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, in downtown Brownwood.

Crawford said all parade entries are eligible for judging, and prizes will be awarded in seven categories: Riding Clubs, Horse Drawn Vehicles, Decorated Vehicles, Antique Vehicles, In-Town Floats, Out-of-Town Floats, and Bikes or Unicycles.

No fee will be charged to participate in the parade, and space remains available.

Contact the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office for this year’s parade entry form at 646-9535.

Immediately following the parade, music will open a day of activities in the downtown business district. That’s when the Spirit of Salsa Festival judging will get under way, and the public will be invited to sample salsa from a variety of restaurants.

“We’ve hoping to attract interest from as far away as San Angelo,” Mary Stanley of Downtown Brownwood Inc. said Tuesday. “It will be an opportunity to showcase how good their salsa is.”

The event attracted eight restaurant entries last year, Stanley said, in addition to a number of individual contestants.

Entries will be accepted in two categories, one for restaurants and another for individuals.

Commercial entries in the salsa competition will be closing out in early July to allow time for publicity and T-shirts to be ordered.

The last week of July, when the Brown County Rodeo is held, has been a key period for downtown merchants, who plan seasonal sales to interest those who come to see the parade. Many also hold sidewalk sales on that Saturday.

Information on the Salsa Fest may be obtained by calling Downtown Brownwood Inc. at 646-5776.