The Erath Fourth of July activities kicked off this past weekend, and not even the damage caused by Tropical Storm Allison could put a damper on the celebration.

On Saturday, the Baby King and Queen Contest was held with four divisions. Sundays activities began at 5 a.m. in Erath City Park with the sixth annual Fourth of July Bar-B-Que Contest.

Later in the morning a Mass was celebrated followed by the opening of the 25th anniversary Bicentennial time capsule.

The first of four capsules buried during the 1976 Fourth of July celebration, one capsule is to be opened each 25 years.

Teachers and students, family and friends, all helped to open the hundreds of envelopes containing drawings, poetry, letters, photographs and all kinds of memorabilia.

One envelope opened by teacher Anne Guilbeaux even contained a 45 rpm record of Ray Stevens hit, "The Streak."

Also, a childrens parade with the theme, "Stars and Stripes Forever" rolled through the park with the crowds lining both sides of the street.

The floats and the children were decked in red, white and blue.

And the Bar-B-Que contest produced lots of fantastic eating.

Here are the results from the Bar-B-Que Cookoff, in addition to the results from the pie-baking competition and the childrens parade:

Beef: 1. The Mark Poche Cooking Team, Marcus Hebert, chief cook; 2. Squat and Gobble, The Museum Cafe, Kent Bouillion, chief cook; 3. Simply Irresistible, Champagnes Supermarket, Kyle Luquette, chief cook.

Pork: IDR, Barry Toups, chief cook; 2. Omega Natchiq, Rick Guidry, chief cook; 3. Simply Irresistible, Champagnes Supermarket, Kyle Luquette, chief cook.

Chicken: 1. Shelby Bernard; 2. Simply Irresistible, Champagnes Supermarket, Kyle Luquette, chief cook; 3. Squat and Gobble, The Museum Cafe, Mark Mencacci, chief cook.

Open: 1. Danny and Elaine Brown; 2. (tie) Shelby Bernard and IDR, Barry Toups, chief cook; 3. The Mark Poche Cooking Team, Marcus Hebert, chief cook.

Overall Winner: IDR, Barry Toups, chief cook.

Pie-baking: 1. Lucy Menard, pecan; 2. Ruth Landry, apple; 3. Lucy Menard, lemon meringue.

Childrens parade floats: 1. Bailey Hebert and Draigen Stoute.

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