Madisonville ready to light up the night


For the first time in recent history, Madisonville is planning a Fourth of July celebration, set to kick off at 4 p.m. Monday at Lake Madison, 1215 E. Collard St.

Residents are invited to attend the free event and bring a lawn chair or blanket for a “gigantic fireworks display” put on by Sky Wonder Pyrotechnics at 9:30 p.m. But there will be plenty to do before the sky lights up.

Laura Lawrenz, Madisonville’s director of marketing and tourism, said numerous activities are planned for the inaugural Independence Day event.

“I’m terribly excited about it,” Lawrenz said, adding that she wants to make sure the community is aware of the festivities. “I’ve put it out there as much as I can.”

Meteor Publisher Tony Farkas said he is ecstatic about the return of an Independence Day celebration, and hopes it continues to grow.

“Cities like Madisonville personify the freedoms that we enjoy in our great country, and it’s a privilege for us to be able to put on this show,” he said.

The city’s splash pad will be open, complete with a water slide. Other activities include a roping dummy, face-painting, bounce house, car show, live music and numerous food vendors.

“In the Kid Zone we will have those glow stick necklaces in red, white and blue, and temporary tattoos,” Lawrenz said.

She added that although the park will be open all day, entertainment won’t start until 4 p.m.

People are welcome to take their boats out on the lake for fishing during the day. Boats that are on the water at 8 p.m. must remain there until the fireworks display is complete. All watercraft must be anchored and engines off during the fireworks display.

The car show is sponsored by Rancho Viejo Car Club, R&M Compression and Lawrenz Family Insurance. Attendees can vote for their favorite cars, and the top three will receive trophies. The event is open to anyone who wants to participate. Contact Mary Barrett at

Bryan-College Station-based Razz Band takes the stage at 4 p.m., followed by Wade Phillips and Rock Solid at 8 p.m.

Food vendors include the following:

•Snow cones from Lacy Kelso

•Prime rib sandwiches, sausage on a stick, chips and drinks from Brookshire Brothers

•Spoons Yogurt and Dickey’s Barbecue from Carter Enterprises

•Baked potatoes, lemonade, funnel cakes and fried Snickers from Ice Cabana

•Beef and chicken fajita tacos from Arjon Tacos

Lawrenz said several potential vendors contacted her, but the organizing committee wanted to “keep it local” and discourage competition.

Fundraising opportunities also are planned:

•The Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department will be selling water at various stations to raise money for the fire department.

•The Son-Shine Center is holding a food drive and asking attendees to bring a non-perishable food item or toiletry to fill the bed of a pick-up truck to help families in need. For information, contact Lisa or Renee at 936-348-5282.

Other nonprofits are invited to raise funds during the event. Contact Laura at 936-348-9333 for more information.

The City of Madisonville and The Madisonville Meteor are the event’s primary sponsors, but Lawrenz noted that several people are working behind the scenes to ensure the success of the event.

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