Grand Saline Salt Festival gets better with age

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Gracelyn Taylor pedaled her way to victory in the kiddie kaper’s 9 and up bicycle race.

By Payton Weidman

Staff Writer

The 41st Annual Grand Saline Salt Festival held last weekend is said to have been the best yet when the headline concert drawing the biggest crowd the city-wide celebration has seen yet.

The festival kicked off June 11 with a 42 tournament, the Friends of Virginia Milam sponsored a lunch, people played bingo in the pavilion and contestants dropped off entries for a baking contest.  Winners of the baking contest were John Corrales in third place with a cash prize of $50; Shayne Carnes, second for a prize of $75 and Linda Easley, first place with a prize of $100. 

June 12 lunch was sponsored by Country Trails Care Center and the entries from the baking contest were served as dessert.  That night Grand Saline local Tommy Joe Wilson performed a concert/street dance.

The festival June 13 included a parade, arts and crafts vendors, a pet show, a classic and antique car show, kiddie kapers (kid games), a horseshoe tournament for adults, a hamburger luncheon sponsored by Gibson Services, a star search and a concert/street dance downtown.

The parade was led by the Grand Saline Police and featured the 2015 Salt Queen Morgan Easley, the Salt Boys and Girls, the Anderson Nursing Center, Country Trails Care Center, the Caney Creek Cowboy Church, the Grand Saline Fire Department and more.

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