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San Marcos kids are invited to join the annual childrens’ parade and patriotic costume contest held as part of Summerfest, the city’s celebration of Independence Day. A fireworks show will cap the evening.

The 32nd annual festival will open 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at San Marcos Plaza Park.

Parade registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the parade will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Registration will be held in front of the Old Fish Hatchery Building. Participates will parade through the park. The winners will be announced in a 7:30 p.m. ceremony.

Costumed kids will be judged in “most patriotic” and “cutest” divisions with prizes awarded in each category and a “best overall” named.

The costume competition has been growing steadily over the last several years and is a highlight of the event. Pat Murdock and her daughter Renae Hill have been organizing and preparing the prizes for many years.
This year’s fireworks exhibition is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Texas State University’s KTSW 89.9 radio is on-board to broadcast the patriotic music for the synchronized fireworks exhibition. Live music is scheduled throughout the evening with one band playing after the fireworks.
Summerfest is made possible by a partnership between the City of San Marcos, the San Marcos Noon Lions Club and a host of corporations, organizations and individuals. Returning as co-chairs of the 32nd Summerfest are San Marcos Parks and Recreation’s Recreation Manager Lisa Morris and San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau Director Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez. 
Parking for Summerfest will be available at Texas State’s Bobcat Stadium and Coliseum parking lots. The Lions Club’s tube rental at City Park will be open for business all day. 
For general information on Summerfest, contact San Marcos Parks and Recreation at (512) 393-8400 or the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau at (512) 393-5900.

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