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McGregor celebrates Frontier Founder+s Day

Sept. 13, 1996

McGregor celebrates Frontier Founder's Day

By Sarah Hunter

Lariat reporter

The fifth annual Frontier Founder's Day returns to McGregor this Saturday with a festival street dance featuring Cherokee Rose and many food and craft booths scattered along Main Street.

According to Etc., a newsmagazine featuring Waco-area activities, Frontier Founder's Day was established in 1991 to recognize the city's birthday and thank the citizens for their hard work in helping McGregor grow.

McGregor begins its 114th birthday celebration with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Last year 8,000 people attended the festival, said Bonnie Mullens, chairman of the festival. She said she hopes for higher attendance this year.

'Everything has grown,' Mullens said. 'We hope the crowd will grow, too.'

Entries for craft booths and parade participation have increased this year, Mullens said.

Antique cars will be displayed as well as quilts, and she said they were having to start turning people away.

'There were 15 more parade entries this year and 20 more craft booths,' Mullens said.

Two entertainment stages will run 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

A variety of bands will perform, including the Silver Thistle Bagpipe Band, El Folklorico Juvenile Dancers and the Gun Fighting Group.

One area of Main Street is devoted to the different heritages that contributed to McGregor's development. These heritages are the German-Americans, Scottish-Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican-Americans and early Texans. Displays feature pioneer life in McGregor, she said.

Cherokee Rose will perform for the festival street dance that begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until midnight Friday.

Mullens said homemade Italian food can be purchase after 6 p.m. for $5. The meal includes lasagna, breadsticks, salad and homemade cobbler.

Proceeds from the festival fund scholarships for McGregor High School.

'We raised $16,000 last year for scholarships,' Mullens said.

Frontier Founder's Day is run by volunteers through the McGregor Chamber of Commerce.

To reach McGregor, take Highway 84 west for 14 miles and turn right at exit.

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