The couple is from Granbury.
“We sold about 715 tickets,” said Pam Wheat, Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce executive assistant. “That’s about the same as last year.”
“I thought it was absolutely perfect,” said executive director Gayla Chambers. “We were blessed with great weather. It was a wonderful turnout for the parade. I loved Red Bull’s participation.”
Red Bull will host cliff dicing competition at Hell’s Gate in June.
“We had compliment after compliment on the food,” she added.
“We had compliments on how smooth the serving line was.”
At the evening’s shrimp peel, prizes were awarded for the best business and personal floats and the best adult and children’s costumes.
Fist place honors in the parade business category went to Bluff Creek Marina’s Where the City Ends and the Fun Begins. Felecia Ongley was the krewe chief.
Krewe chiefs Johna Nicklas and Jackie Fewell led Pondera Properties’ Pondera Party Krewe to second and YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, with David Touchon as krewe chief, took third.
In the individual category, first place went to Forum, Billies Vessel with Dale and Tammy Marsh krewe chiefs from PK Lake. Second place was King and Queen 2013 Imposters by Mandy Burnett and Forrest Atkins of Dallas. Third place went to O’Possum Royayme Amoureux vin Rouge with Todd Gregory, of Fort Worth, krewe chief.
“We had about 40 parade entries this year,” noted Jannet McCracken.
Queen Cynthia and hand maidens, 11 total ladies from Duncan, Okla., won first place in the adult costume contest while Joe Ruskin, of Graham, was second.
Costume winners in the children’s category were Keeley Burns, of Keller, first place; Payton Kulina, of Graham, second; and Riley Nance, of Abilene, third.
King and Queen 2013, Diane and Ronnie Ranft were not available for the parade as they had gone to Abilene for the Graford Jackrabbits’ regional final. They did, however, return in time for the evening’s festivities.
A lot of work went into preparing for the evening. Some 775 places were set a week before for visitors. Friday, Laurel McCracken and her family members spent the entire day making preparations to cook enough shrimp, sausage, rice and beans to feed the expected crowd. Beginning early Saturday, cooks began their work. And Monday, the family began cleanup.
“If we didn’t have the McCrackens, I don’t know what we’d do,” remarked Chambers. “Laurel — that whole bunch — are work horses.”