‘Moonlight Serenade’ theme for Lovefest 2023
By Jan White
LOVELADY – It’s not even February yet, but Lovelady is already gearing up for its 41st Annual Lovefest 2023.
This year’s fun-filled event will begin with the coronation of the Lovefest Queen on Thursday, Feb. 10. Then the action continues on Saturday, Feb. 11, with a parade that starts at 10 a.m. Following the parade, head out to the Loveday Old Gym grounds, where you’ll find arts and crafts, food vendors, a barbecue and chili cookoff, and lots of fun activities for the kids, including a greased pig contest and a rabbit race.
A baking contest, sponsored by the Weldon Civic Club, will take place at the Lovelady Community Center at 8 a.m. For those of you who can’t get enough East Texas barbecue, Mike Broxson and Ronnie Driskett are in charge of the cookoff. And back by popular demand is the Baby Beauty Contest. Tylene Gearheart is this year’s pageant director. You can contact her at (903) 453-7201.
The celebration culminates with the Lovefest Dance, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Lovelady Old Gym. Loose Gravel Band will be providing the entertainment. The cost is $10 for students, $20 for adults, and $35 for couples.
There is also a $20 cooler charge, and no glass containers are allowed.
Lovelady Lovefest T-shirts can be purchased in advance of the event, with sales benefitting Project Graduation. Contact Stephanie Seal at (936) 222-0015 for details.
Parade information – Mandy Pugh (936) 222-1767
Daytime entertainment – Dustin Perry (936) 222-3202
Arts, crafts, food booths, and dance info – Lawanna Monk (936)546-4054
Coronation information – Jenny Hedrick (936) 222-7583
Barbecue cook-off – Mike Broxson (936) 636-7337 or Ronnie Driskett – (936) 636-7839
Baking contest – Sherry Leggett (936) 636-7026
Representatives from seventh through twelfth grade gathered in the Lovelady Old Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to pose for pictures and give interviews prior to the Lovefest Queen Coronation, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10, at the High School Gym in Lovelady.
When asked how they felt about the competition, most were excited about the opportunity to represent their perspective classes. The candidates are – Senior Candidate Christina Ray and her escort Cameron Lovelady, Junior Candidate Haley Davidson and her escort Travis Cook, Sophomore Candidate Kenya Terry and escort Tyler Gilchrist, and Freshman Candidate Jayda Sherman with escort Jacob Sherman. The eighth grade Princess and her escort are Olivia Bennett and Brock Russo, and rounding out the court is seventh grade Princess Madeline Crawford and her escort Ejay Baker. Esther Driskell is the Queen’s Train Carrier, and Tate McDonald is the Crown Bearer.
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