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Western Days Parade proceeds down Main Street

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    The parade featured a number of class reunion floats. Here, the Elgin High School Class of 1979 won first place for their reunion float. Photos by Julianne Hodges
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    A crowd lines up on either side of Main Street for many blocks, waiting for the parade to begin.
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    A family watches the line of fire trucks from Elgin and McDade pass by.
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    In between covering her ears to block out the loud horns, this little girl waves at the fire trucks.
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    Fire trucks from McDade visited downtown Elgin for the parade.
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    This year's parade marshall is Dick Miller.
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    The Elgin City Council participates in the parade.
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    Miss Western Days 2019 Mia Lopez drives by in the parade.
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    The 2019 Tiny Tots make downtown festive with bubbles.
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    The Elgin SPJST Hall float won third place for group float. The SPJST Hall was open later that afternoon for class reunions and a dance.
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    The Sowpremes promoted the Hogeye Festival in October during the parade. The Sowpremes won third place for group decorated cars.
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    Down Home Ranch is celebrating its 30th year of providing opportunities and community for people with disabilities. Down Home Ranch won second place for group float.
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    A group of onlookers enjoy the Western Days Parade.
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    The Elgin High School Wildcat Band marched in the parade. The band received second place for school group.
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    The Elgin High School Purple Diamonds dance team, which has earned titles at the regional and state level, won first place in the school group.
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    A member of the Elgin High School cheerleaders hands out candy to the parade spectators.
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    A member of the Elgin High School cheerleaders hands out candy to the parade spectators.
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    McDade Watermelon Festival Tiny Tot queen Presley Perez, junior queen Avirett and teenage queen Jami Robledo visits Western Days ahead of the Watermelon Festival on July 13. The McDade Watermelon Festival won third place for out-of-town float.
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    Carl Rees, driving Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook and wife Sherry in his 1927 Ford Model T Phaeton, won first place for vintage vehicles in the Western Days parade.
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    VCA Elgin Family Pet Center won first place for business float.
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    A falconer from Sherwood Forest Faire handles one of his birds of prey in the Western Days parade.
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    Sherwood Forest Faire, an annual Renaissance festival near McDade, won first place in the out-of-town category.
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    James McGee, who has seen every Western Days Festival for the past 50 years, waves at the parade participants.
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    The 2019 Smithville Jamboree Queen and her court visit Western Days after the Jamboree in April. The Smithville Jamboree float won second place for out-of-town float.
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    The Lost Pines Leathernecks, a detachment of the Texas Marine Corps League, won first place for group decorated car in the parade.
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    A member of the Lost Pines Leathernecks hands out American flags to parade-watchers.
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    The Elgin Youth Football League encouraged those interested to check out their information booth at the festival for on-site registration.
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    The Class of 1999, celebrating their 20-year reunion, won second place in the reunion category.
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    Members of the Blackland Prairie Girl Scouts walk ahead of their float. The Girl Scout troop won second place in the youth group.
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    The Class of 1984 celebrated their 35-year reunion at this year's Western Days.
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    Amor Por Panama Grupo Folklorico, which represents and celebrates Panamanian agricultural life, won first place for group float.
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    The Class of 2009 celebrated their ten-year reunion.
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    The Class of 1994 celebrated their 25-year reunion.
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    The Class of 2004 celebrated their 15-year reunion.
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    The Texas Lost Pines Riding Club won first place for mounted group. Similar to Western Days, they will celebrate the 50th annual the Elgin Rodeo on July 12 and 13.
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    SunCrest Farm from Manor, which offers riding lessons and horse camps, won second place for mounted group.
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    Tommy and Lynn Owens' 1956 John Deere Tractor and cotton trailer won first place in the tractor category.
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    Melissa Misselhorn drives a 1936B tractor with a vast collection of cast iron seats.
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    The ETX Outlaws baseball team, which is headed to the DFW World Series in July, won first place in the youth group.
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    The parade ended with the Lee County Texas Stars 4-H Club.
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    A group of onlookers applaud the floats, cars and groups in the parade.