Brackenridge Independence Day Celebration

Kylie Torres, 6, of Victoria, splashes down the inflatable water slide at the Brackenridge Independence Day Celebration in Edna.

From water slides and a bounce house to live music and a hayride, the first ”End of Summer Bash” in Edna is bringing Crossroads residents together for the last hurrah 3-9 p.m. Saturday at the Brackenridge Park and Campground.

“Listen to live music, relax in the park, be with family and eat good food,” said Bridget Bustos, marketing coordinator for the Brackenridge Recreation Complex. “There is something for the entire family – no matter your age, you can find something that suits you.”

Bustos is most excited about having live music at the summer bash. Thomas Short will play Texas and traditional country music as well as original songs 3:30-5 p.m. Stephanie Ross of Southern Drive Band and Rick Evans will provide more country music with a twist of rock and blues 5:30-7 p.m. And Zachary Grant and Mike Vanek of the Tainted Heart Band will perform country and rock hits 7:30-9 p.m.

A Kid’s Fun Zone will allow children to make pixie sticks, blow bubbles, paint rocks, swing Hula Hoops around their hips and change their hair color with hair spray 3-7 p.m. They should wear swimsuits to play on three inflatable water slides, or they could stay dry in the bouncy house. People of all ages will play corn hole, washers, hay slide and Jenga in an outdoor games area.

CornDawg8, Georgia Mae’s Good Eats and Kona Ice will serve festival food from their trailers, and Rusty Hook Winery will sell a variety of wines by the glass and the bottle. The Ganado Education Foundation will sell beer to raise money for their school district, and market vendors will peddle their wares 3-7 p.m. A hayride will take passengers along a popular park trail, and a fireworks display just after 9 p.m. will punctuate the evening. Campers at Texana and Brackenridge parks will receive a 50% discount on four all-inclusive armbands for the day of fun.

“I’m really excited because we have never had an event like this during the summer, and we’ve never had live music at any of our events,” Bustos said.

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

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