Coolidge residents celebrate Mesquite Festival

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A large contingent of Shriners ride in Saturday’s Mesquite Festival in Coolidge, including Parade Marshal and Shriner Col. Paul E. Sawyer, who was being driven in this gold Pontiac convertible. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Coolidge residents celebrated their annual Mesquite Festival this past weekend.
They started with a fish fry and bingo Friday evening, crowned new Mesquite royalty Saturday morning, then filled the day with a parade, car show, dance and other fun events.
“The festival is important,” said Coolidge resident Carrie Ogilvie, who helped plan the event. “It’s the main thing that brings Coolidge together.”
About two dozen kids from 6 weeks of age to 10, and their parents, gathered at the Coolidge Community Center early Saturday, with the youngsters competing in six categories to be named to the royal court.
Named Mesquite King was Jayson Zuniga, 9; and the Mesquite Queen was Merissa Mora, 10. Preston Cobb, II, 2, was named Mesquite Prince; and Natalie Mora, 8, was named Mesquite Princess.

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