Coahoma Freedom Parade Saturday

COAHOMA — Pride in country and community will be on display here Saturday.Coahoma's Freedom Parade, featuring floats, cars and tractors festooned in their red, white and blue best, will make its way down First Street beginning at 10 a.m.The parade will start at the Coahoma High School football stadium and proceed south on First Street, east on the north service road, then north on Sixth Street before ending at the city park.Judging for this year's event will be held at the stadium parking lot, so organizers urge people to have their entries in place and ready for display by 9:20 a.m.“In previous years, folks participating in the parade needed to leave directly following the parade for plans with family members, which sometimes made judging difficult,” Coahoma Mayor Warren Wallace said. “We're hoping by doing the judging beforehand we'll be able to eliminate those problems and move things along more quickly.”Parade marshals will be Clois Snell, Ovis James, Ralph Matteson and Dennis Greenfield.The celebration won't end with the parade, however, as food, games and music will be featured at the city park later in the day.The highlight of the park celebration will be a performance by Gene Snow and the Texas Eagle Dirt Band. Coahoma native Snow and his band are Christian/country musicians who will perform songs from their “Featuring Freedom” tour, Wallace said.Ceremonies also will include recognition of Coahoma's Citizen of the Year.This year's recipient is Loma Jean Wynn, who taught history and English at Coahoma for 31 years before retiring in 1989. She has also been a volunteer at Scenic Mountain Medical Center since 1991. She taught Bible classes for 52 years and is a member of the 1941 Study Club, Coahoma Senior Citizens, Texas Retired Teachers' Association, Coahoma Red Hatters and Coahoma Pride.“I am very humbled and honored by this recognition,” Winn said. “There are plenty of other deserving people besides myself.”A hamburger lunch will be provided by the Coahoma Lions' Club. The $5 meal includes a burger, chips and dessert.