Each year, during the second weekend of August, the city of Hitchcock has a big party celebrating all things Hitchcock — and the “good ole days.”
The 46th annual Good Ole Days Festival and Bar-B-Q Cook-off will kick off at 5 p.m. today at the Good Ole Days Grounds, 300 state Highway 6, in Hitchcock.
The annual event, sponsored by the Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce, will feature a parade, a new and improved carnival with rides, a cook-off with close to 100 teams, vendors selling wares of everything imaginable, food, drinks, a mutton bustin’ competition, bungee jumping and pageants that will conclude with the crowning of Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Good Ole Days.
The family friendly festival also will include live entertainment by a plethora of local community groups, and the “In Your Face” band, a 50s/60s rock ‘n’ roll group lead by Chuck Williams, an alumni of Hitchcock High School.
Willie Windham, a Hitchcock native, is hoping that this weekend’s festival will be the biggest the city has ever seen. Through the years, Windham has seen young and old alike come out to the festival, year after year, to share stories of “how it used to be.”
“The Good Ole Days Festival is a great time to visit with old friends and make new ones,” Windham said. “We’re inviting everyone to come out and see what we’ve been preparing for since last year. The Good Ole Days in August is a ‘Hitchcock Thing!’ It’s also one you don’t want to miss.’”
The festival’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and will move along state Highway 6, starting at city hall and ending at the festival grounds.
At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, activities will move to the stage area where groups will perform, speeches will be made by local dignitaries, and parade awards will be handed out as well.
“The rest of Saturday will be filled with local musical performers and dance groups,” Windham said. “Sonny Carlin, a famous bird trainer, will present his beautiful, talented birds in three performances on Saturday and a miniature golf course will challenge the skill of any players, no matter the age.”
Proceeds from the festival helps fund the chamber, Hitchcock Volunteer Fire Department, Hitchcock Public Library, and various other organizations in the city, said Monica Cantrell, executive director of the chamber.
“This is a special year as the Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 70th anniversary making us the oldest chamber on the mainland,” Cantrell said. “Good Ole Days is a family tradition that has carried on for generations in our community. We extend the invitation to everyone in the county to some see what we have going on in our little town this weekend.”
Tickets are $5 per day or $8 per person for a weekend pass. Ages 10 and younger will be admitted for free.
For information, call the chamber at 409-986-9224.