FS Fourth at Rooney ends with a bang


Another successful Fourth of July at Rooney Park has ended with a bang, thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, all vendors involved, and the citizens of Fort Stockton.

Through the help of numerous volunteers and participants, all the fun events of the Fourth went off without a hitch. Kids and parents enjoyed games together, including a three-legged race, sack race, and dizzy bat race. Citizens lined up the tables of Pit 4 to eat their hearts out during the ice cream, hot dog, and watermelon eating contests.

The Paisano Powder Run kicked off the festivities early in the morning, and those who participated wore their colored shirts proudly as they enjoyed the rest of their patriotic day.

Vendors worked hard to distribute their items, which included burritos, tortas, roasted corn, aguas frescas, snow cones, and many, many more delicious and fun treats. It was quite uncommon to see any patron empty-handed as they perused the park and enjoyed the festivities.

DJ Tristian Barrigan provided the music during the event, seamlessly blending genres ranging from country to classic rock to Tejano. The Fort Stockton Community Theatre performed skits in between music and games in the park pavilion, including a brief visit from Thomas Jefferson as he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Fort Stockton Karate students and instructor Roy Ramirez showcased their moves in two demonstrations, with boards flying as the students chopped and kicked them to pieces.

An adult fashion show and a kid's fashion show were also scheduled, and citizens strutted their stuff on the catwalk for the Fourth. The Rooney Park Large Community Hall was full of citizens who had a great time playing bingo and winning prizes. A water balloon contest was held, and a washer-pitching tournament went on for the majority of the day.

By dark, patrons were lighting their own fireworks in celebration of the holiday. Around midnight, the fireworks show closed the festivities after a delay due to weather concerns. DJ Tristian played music as the show lit up the sky in sync, ending another great Fourth of July celebration.