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Time to Register for Brownwood Reunion Celebration Grand Parade

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The 2014 Brownwood Reunion Celebration is less than a month away and organizers are getting all of the competitions, attractions, and events prepared for the big weekend of September 19-21.

One popular event during Reunion is the Feels Like Home Grand Parade which will wind through part of downtown Brownwood and through the festival on Saturday, September 20th at 10 AM.   Line-up for the parade will start at 8:45 AM at the tent by Trans Texas Tire.   The fee to enter the parade is $15.00 per entry if registered by September 9th.  The fee will increase to $25 after that date.

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Contestant Applications Now Available for Brownwood Reunion’s Hands on a House Contest

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The Brownwood Reunion Celebration is approximately 1 month away and organizers and contestants alike are getting set for one of the most popular events, Hands on a House.  Contestant applications forms are now available online at the Reunion website, at Coldwell Banker at 1900 Austin Avenue, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and at each sponsor’s place of business.

This year’s house style is a “Shotgun Home” which will be the grand prize.  The three day competition will be held September 19th-21st, and the last person with their hand in contact with the house is declared the winner and will take home the custom-built playhouse. Each year approximately 25 people compete in this contest.

There will also be extreme contests throughout the competition, including participating in the Reunion parade, various food drive competitions, being blind-folded, holding cans of food in various positions and/or other physical and mental challenges designed to eliminate competitors.

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Brownwood Reunion Celebration Locomotion 5/10K Registration Now Underway

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The 14th Annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration 5K/10K run and walk will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 and registration is now underway.

The race begins at the Lehnis Railroad Museum, located at 700 E. Adams Brownwood, at 7:30 a.m., beginning with the 10K, immediately followed by 5K runners and then walkers.

Entry is $25 per runner.

The routes wind through historic Downtown Brownwood. It begins and ends at the Lehnis Railroad Museum and goes by the Depot District, old Coca-Cola Building, Howard Payne Campus, Lyric Theatre, Brown County Court House & the Guinness Book of World Record's smallest block in the world.

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Registration Open for 2014 Brownwood Reunion “Brownwood’s Got Talent” Competition

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Registration is now open for the 2014 Brownwood Reunion Celebration “Brownwood’s Got Talent” competition which will be held next month during the community-wide festival.

Auditions for the competition will be held on Saturday, September 6th at the Heartland Mall from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.   There is a $15 early entry fee   ($25 at the door entry fee on audition day).

Twelve finalists will be selected by a panel of judges during the auditions to move on to the live rounds during the Brownwood Reunion Celebration performances on Saturday, September 20th.   Those final performances will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.  Each contestant will perform two acts.   A video of each top 12 performer will be posted online at CelebrateBrownwood.com prior to the final performances.

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Concert Headliners Announced for 2014 Brownwood Reunion Celebration

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Concert headliners were announced Thursday for the 2014 Brownwood Reunion Celebration that will be held September 19-21.

The classic rock band Survivor, known best for their 1980's hit song "Eye of the Tiger," will headline the first night of concerts on Friday, September 19th.

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Hands On A House Contestants Present Fundraiser Checks to Fellow Contestants

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Contestants of the Brownwood Reunion’s Hands on a House Competition held a fundraiser Friday and Saturday for fellow contestant Cecilio Chavarria & his wife Daniela.  Also receiving funds from the benefit is contestant Brandi White’s favorite organization Hope Home Ministries.  A check presentation was held on Tuesday afternoon at TexasBank, a sponsor of the event.

Second place Hands on a House winner 21-year-old Cecilio Chavarria, had entered the contest during Brownwood Reunion to win the house in hopes of selling it and using the proceeds to help pay off $4000 of legal work to gain Daniela’s citizenship papers.  A close friendship grew between many of the contestants and several wanted to help the Chavarrias since he didn’t win the house.

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Local Students Awarded Pizza Parties for their Help in Brownwood Reunion’s Hands On a House Food Drive

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In conjunction with the Brownwood Reunion Hands on a House Competition held during the weekend of September 20-22, participants and sponsors raised 10,979 canned goods in their annual food drive with help from these local schools.

Eight local elementary and middle schools recently participated in food drive.  For their help getting the food drive off to a great start with 6,147 cans, the top class at each school was awarded a pizza party hosted by organizers of the event Coldwell Banker and TexasBank.  Four of these parties took place last week.  The remaining schools will have parties this week.

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Hands on a House Competition Raises over 10,000 Cans of Food for Local Food Banks

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In conjunction with the Brownwood Reunion Hands on a House Competition held this past weekend, participants and sponsors raised 10,979 canned goods in their annual food drive with help from local schools.

Local elementary and middle schools participated in this food drive for the third year for the Hands on a House competition, bringing in a total of 6,147 cans during the event.  The top school in this challenge was Northwest Elementary School, collecting 2,171 cans.

The food raised in the drive benefits Good Samaritan Ministries and St. John’s Food Bank each year.

Totals from individual schools in the Kick-Start Food Drive were as follows:

1st Place:  Northwest Elementary  2,171 cans
Mrs. Kirwan’s 3rd grade class was the top class of their school collecting 195

2nd Place:  East Elementary 1,194 cans
Mrs. Nigrete’s Kindergarten class was the top class of their school collecting 158

3rd Place:  Woodland Heights Elementary 1,160 cans
Ms. Asebedo’s 1st grade class  was the top class of their school collecting 236

4th Place:  Coggin Elementary 550 cans
Ms. Kelley’s 4th grade class was the top class of their school collecting 167

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