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Lake Brownwood hosting first boat parade for holiday weekend

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LAKE BROWNWOOD, Texas - Lake Brownwood, at its fullest capacity in years, will be put to use this Fourth of July weekend.

The lake's first boat parade will be held Friday night with its annual fire work show the next day.

"With it being full, expected good weather, we'll probably have more boats than we can handle on our lake," Lake Patrol Chief Troy Henderson said.

He's worked Fourth of July weekends since 2008, and he's anticipating the largest crowd the lake has had in years.

"Everybody launches their boat," he said, referring to the parade. "We're going to meet in front of the dam."

Wild Duck Marina lined up several companies to help them in hosting this event and the fireworks show. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the night for best decorated boat.

"First prize is a boat slip with a lift for a year," said Angie Tyson, owner of Wild Duck Marina. "Second prize and third place will be monetary prizes with gift certificates."

But with those expectations of a big turnout, Henderson offered his advice for those hitting Lake Brownwood over the weekend.

"I ask them not to be drinking while they are on the lake," he said. "If they have been drinking and intoxicated, they're going to be arrested for boating while intoxicated."

The boat parade will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday. The registration fee to participate is $5 and Friday afternoon is the cut off date. Those interested in participating can call 325-784-7100.

Saturday's fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m.

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