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June 30, 2010

Music, river trip planned for Brazos River Floatfest benefiting scholarship fund

MILLSAP — The Third Annual Brazos River Floatfest benefiting the Mary Aaron Scholarship Fund is set for July 9-10 at 590 Strickland Lane, located along the Brazos River off Interstate 20 south of Millsap.

There will be music both days and a Brazos River float that Saturday. The event is BYOB, and concessions will be available for sale, along with T-shirts and other items.

Because this is an outdoor festival, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is limited to the first 750 people. Persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

A two-day pass is $15 and a one-day pass is $10. Advance two-day tickets are available at Sonic Drive-In in Weatherford, 1002 S. Main St.

The evening of Friday, July 9, features acoustical music performances beginning at 8 p.m. by Joey Green, Taylor Hickey, Hanna Joe and Josh Mills. On the following day, musical acts scheduled to perform are Rich O’Toole, Snuff Garrett, CD and The Reds, Atomic Pilot, Shade Tree Nation, Charla Corn and Good Ole’ Country Boys (GCB).

Saturday will feature the river float trip with sign up at 9 a.m. The float trip is through Hillbilly Haven. The float will take, on average, about four hours to complete. Tube rental costs are $13 per tube, with canoe rentals at $38 each. If using your own tube or canoe, there is an $8 launch fee.

Make guaranteed reservations by July 7 by calling  (817) 341-4009 or (940) 328-4213. The float will begin at 10:30 a.m., and a shuttle will be available.

There is a scheduled beach party at 2:30 p.m. and the music will begin at 4 p.m. that day. The gates will close at 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

The scholarship was set up by family and friends of Mary Aaron, a longtime Millsap resident who died in 2008. She was an active supporter of the children of Millsap. She served the Millsap ISD in varying capacities, but was most recognized for her role as “Ticket Lady” at Bulldogs sporting events. The school district named the Millsap Football Stadium ticket booth in her honor. She never met a child she did not like and most of the kids called her “Granny.” A $1,500 scholarship is awarded each year to a Millsap High School senior.

For more information about the float and outdoor concert, check out the Brazos River Floatfest page on Facebook.

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