The 13th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade presented by TRX Railway welcomed 1000’s to Downtown Brownwood. This year’s Grand Marshal was Rex Tackett, pictured above on horseback.
“Rex is a great example of community leadership and service and we are proud to honor him as this year’s Lighted Christmas Parade Grand Marshal. Said Nathan Smith, Executive Director of Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. “As a strong supporter of local business, Rex and Mariann have each contributed so much personally and professionally over the years to the community.”
Rex Tackett freely lends his talents as Auctioneer and Master of ceremonies across Texas. He has served as a Master of Ceremonies numerous times at the Brownwood Area, Early, and Coleman Chamber of Commerce Banquets. Helping charities was Rex’s motivation in becoming an auctioneer and over the years he has helped raise 100’s of thousands of dollars for organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Brown County, West Texas Rehab, CASA, The Corinne T. Smith Animal Center, Brown County Youth Fair, as well as Brooksmith, Early and Winchell Volunteer Fire Departments. Rex has had a passion for the radio industry since 1969. He has worked for some of the great broadcast groups in America including Double Day Broadcasting, Clear Channel Communications, and CBS Radio. Rex was a founding partner in Wicks Radio that grew to own 19 radio stations across the U.S. during the 90’s. Rex was elected to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2012. Rex and wife Mariann are owners of Wendlee Broadcasting which operates KXYL-AM/FM, KQBZ-FM and KSTA-AM.
There were over 100 parade entries including walkers, horses, classic cars, floats, and even a donkey. Floats were judged and the following winners were selected:
Mayors choice award sponsored by Haynes Law Firm, P.C.- Brownwood 911
Grand Marshal choice award sponsored by Mid-Tex Federal Credit Union – Brownwood football and cheerleaders
Santa’s choice award sponsored by Strong Business Solutions- Solaris
Best Decorated Vehicle sponsored by Dr. Pepper Bottlers, Brownwood – Brookshire’s Grocery
Jingle Bell award Sponsored by Ingram Concrete- Hendrick Health Brownwood
Star of Bethlehem award sponsored by Blaylock Funeral Home – St. Mary’s
Rockin little Christmas award sponsored by Justin Riggan -State Farm Agent – KOXE
Santa’s workshop award sponsored by Hendrick Medical Center-Brownwood – Brown County Youth Fair Queen
Rudolph award sponsored by Howard Payne University – Rite of Passage
Frosty Friends award sponsored by Top Cut Lawn Care – Sharpshooter Tattoo
Santa’s Sleigh award sponsored by Smith & Sharp Insurance – MX Matrix Dance Studio
Twinkle award sponsored by Samantha Rodriguez- Chipsters BBQ
Congratulations to this year’s winners and thank you to our generous sponsors.
Christmas Under the Stars presented by T-Mobile welcomed families into the Depot to take pictures with Santa, make Christmas crafts, and enjoy sweet treats!
Stationed inside the depot were the following businesses and organizations:
The Home Depot
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
CASA in the Heart of Texas
Brownwood Middle School Choir
Care Operations for Kids
Brown County Christian School
Boys & Girls Club of Brown County, Inc.
Rite of Passage
The Salvation Army Brownwood
On Saturday, December 4th the Treats for Santa Competition took place. Winners included:
1- Marlena Arduini
1- Jose Lopez
Sponsored by: Grimsley Electric. Inc, United Supermarket, Citizens National Bank, Smile Doctors, Brownwood Women’s Clinic, Blevins Body Shop, Hendrick Medical Center-Brownwood, Performance Pipe, Kwik Kar Oil & Lube.
Big Wheel Races sponsored by: Matthew Williams- State Farm, Tegeler, Trans-Texas Tire, Little Dude Ranch, Section Hand Steakhouse, Condor Document Services, VRC Technologies, and Xtreme Jump.