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October 12th, 2009
90-year Kyle resident chosen as parade grand marshal


Longtime resident Mary Lou Whitaker-Wittenberg has been chosen as the Kyle Fair and Music Festival’s parade grand marshal.

Whitaker-Wittenberg has lived in Kyle for more than 90 years. Her parents, Henry and Lillie Whitaker, moved here in 1891 and were one of Kyle’s founding families. Her father was the town barber for 50 years, from 1910 to 1960.

During her time in Kyle she has attended Kyle Elementary School, raised three daughters with her husband Wilbur, and seen Kyle change from a small railroad community with lots of farms and ranches, to one of Texas’s fastest growing cities.

Whitaker-Wittenberg will be driven in the parade by Chuck Nash, another long time Kyle resident whose family had a large farm in Kyle until recently

The parade will be on Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at 10 am, and will begin at Gregg/Clarke park and proceed East on Center Street to the Kyle City Hall. More than 50 entries are participating in this year’s parade, featuring marching bands from local schools as well as other entries from area businesses and organizations.

After the parade, the public is invited to head over to the Kyle Fair and Music festival for free music featuring Cory Morrow, Jason Allen, Kyle Park, Ram Herrera, and others. Other events that are part of the festival include a Genuine Poker Tournament, Kyle-O-Meter 5K Run, and BBQ Cook Off.

The festival also offers a new and improved KidZone, carnival, food booths, and much, much more. A complete list of events and schedule is available at


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