Family. Check. Friends. Check. Lawn chairs. Check.

School’s out, the Crossroads area is heating up, and Goliad is planning two downtown summer fests Saturday and July 4 to help residents and visitors cool down and enjoy summer.

The Saturday festival, 7-10 p.m., will feature live country music performed by the Matthew Gritz Band on the square downtown. South Market Street will be lined with a variety of food trucks, including Fire It Up BBQ, Snowie Lucky and Lulu’s Shaved Ice, Sweet Dreams Bakery, Jay’s Cook Shack, Taste of Texas Catering and Rose’s Gorditas from Woodsboro. Tents and some benches will be available, but guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

“We want to provide activities for kids in the summertime that get them out of the house, and last year we had a good turnout,” said Keli Miller with Main Street Goliad. “Saturday night kicks it off.”

Children can romp through water sprinklers and dance among the adults in the street. Both children and adults can make their moves on a giant checker board and plow down giant bowling pins. They can compete in sack races and play volleyball.

July 4, 15-foot and 18-foot water slides will be wet for the slipping and sliding, inflatable water dodgeball will be bursting with fun and the Goliad Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to create giant sprinklers with their fire hoses. The event will kick off at 1 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. in downtown Goliad.

“The fire department came last year, too, and the trucks sprayed their water high in the air,” Miller said. “The kids had a blast running through it.”

Last year was the first time Main Street Goliad hosted the event, and between 250 and 300 people attended.

“It’s really nice to see the community come together on July 4,” Miller said.

Children and adults will have valid excuses to pig out in watermelon-eating contests, and the Show and Shine Car Show will rev up from 1 to 6 p.m. with awards presented at 6 p.m.

Southern Drive Band will provide an array of country and rock-’n’-roll music from 6 to 9 p.m.

Food trucks will include Chick-fil-A, Sweet Dreams Bakery, Taste of Texas Catering and Pink Diamond and More. At least 10 vendors will sell arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and other wares, and two of them will roll up in vintage campers turned into boutiques. Goliad Pet Adoption also will have a booth to engage in as much matchmaking as possible.

“This is a really fun event with music and food trucks, and the water is a big hit with the kids because it’s so hot in the summertime,” Miller said. “We don’t have a city pool anymore, so they can put on their swimsuits and run through the water.”

Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate.

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