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PAGE 8 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015 145th Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebration Florala, Alabama Official Program SATURDAY, JUNE 20 8 a.m. - 5K Alligator Trot at Lake Jack- son 7-11 p.m. - 24th of June Sock Hop at Flo- rala High School featuring "The Cross- roads" ................... SUNDAY, JUNE 21 Attend the Church of your choice MONDAY, JUNE 22 6 p.m. - "Anything Goes" Parade (sign up/line up at MASTAR Building at 5:30 p.m.) Children's Water Battle on the square (immediately following parade) TUESDAY, JUNE 23 7 p.m. - "Miss 24th of June 2015" Pag- eant at Florala High School (Toddler Miss, Tiny Miss & Lit1e Miss 24th of June) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 5-8 p.m. - FHS Booster & Alumni Sports Club Spaghetti Supper & Auction 7-8:30 p.m. - "Gospel Sing" at Florala High School featuring "The Dyess Fam- ily" THURSDAY, JUNE 25 5 p.m. - Money Scramble at Lake Jack- son (sponsored by Thomas A. McQueen Lodge & Paxton Ruritan Club) 5:30 p.m. - Children's events at Lake Jackson 7 p.m. - "Miss 24th of June 2015" Beauty Pageant at Florala High School FRIDAY, JUNE 26 5 p.m. - Masonic Fidelity Lodge #685 - Work in Master Degree 5 p.m. - Children's Chalk Drawing Con- test at Simply Chic 6:30 p.m. - Crowning of Masonic King & Queen at MASTAR Building OES Presentation of "Sweetheart" and "Mason of the Year" Dinner served by Order of the Easter Star #441 Masons return to Lodge for 2nd Session of Master Degree 9 p.m. - Street Dance featuring "The Springs', at the RJ Evans Building SATURDAY, JUNE 27 8 a.m. -2 p.m. - 23rd Annual 24th of June Car Show (4th Street in front of Fire De- partment) 8:30 a.m. - Masons assemble at Lodge 8:40 a.m. - Masonic March 9 a.m.- Mason Open Installation by Grand Master at Lodge for Fidelity Lodge #685 and visiting lodge officers 9:00-10:45 a.m. - Music on the Square 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Arts & Crafts at Lake Jackson (sponsored by FHS Band Boost- ers) 11 a.m. - Parade starts downhill (line up at 9th Street & 5th Avenue at 10:30) CASH PRIZES AWARDED FOR 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD PLACE FLOATS!! 12 p:m. - LifeSouth Blood Drive Luncheon for visiting Masons, Shriners, and their guests at MASTAR Bldg. 1 p.m. - Children's Events at Lake Jack- son 3 p.m. - FFD & LVD Water Battle on 5th Street 9 p.m. - Street Dance on 4th Street FIREWORKS at Lake Jackson Thames And Thames-- Masonic Bass Tournament Champions by Mike Birge, Tournament Director Early morning fog for two hours, followed by a slight breeze that created ripples on Lake Jackson resulted in a feeding frenzy for bass. This year had to be one of the most exciting times for the fishermen because everyone was catching fish. The lake was off limits one week prior to the tournament which eliminated the sore mouth syndrome. There were 15 teams competing this year compared to 14 last year. Last year's data showed 19 bass be- ing caught with a to- tal weight of 22.3 lbs. an average of 1.17 lbs. each. This year we had 48 bass weighed in for a total of 92 lbs. with an average of 1.7 lbs. each. The fish are increasing in numbers and weight, which proves that catch and release really works. There were 7 de- ceased fish out of the 48 weighed in for a live re- lease percentage of 86. Jerry and Danny Thames have the first place trophies and brag, ging rights for the next twelve months. The Thames Team had a 5 fish limit that weighed a total of 11 lbs. 12 ounc- es. Their largest bass weighed 31bs. 4 ounces. The team earned $200 and trophies. Jerry fin- ished 3rd last year. Team Gamble really improved from last year by placing 2nd with a total of 10 lbs. 2 ounces. Last year the Gamble team zeroed and swore to recover this year. Ro n- nie's daughter, Selena Gamble Chidester also took home the lunker award which weighed 3 lbs. 12 ounces. Ronnie's daughters have won the lunker award 2 out of the last 3 years. Team Gamble took home tro- phies and lunker award with a total cash pay- back of $195. Third place this year went to Toby McDaniel and Richard Reeves. This team didn't finish . in the money last year so they moved up from the previous year. Their total weight for 5 bass limit was 8 lbs. 1 ounce. They were presented trophies and $80. This year we paid back 4 places. Marvin Jackson and Taylor Benton had a 5 bass limit that weighed 7 lbs. 13 ounces. They were 5 ounces out of third place. Fourth place paid 1ST PLACE - Danny and Jerry. Thames 2ND PLACE- Ronnie Gamble and Selena Gamble Chidester 3RD PLACE- Toby McDaniel and Richard Reeves Larry Strickland will be selling commemorative prints of the 24th of June Masonic Celebration (it is of the 24th of June parade as it used to be when he was a child) PRICE WILL BE $60 EACH To order, e-mail stdcklandsart@yahoo.corn or call 256-557-9353 Strickland is a graduate of Troy University and Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, FL, illustrator for the U.S. Army. He also is the artist who created the Troy Trojan, one of the most recognized sculptures in Alabama. ART CLASSES WILL BE HELD IN AUGUST. TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR Mike Birge busy at the weigh-in. J $60 without a trophy. There were 9 limits weighed in this year. Everyone seemed to en- joy the tournament this year. Lee Cassidy, Kent Zessin and James Hat- taway reported having a large bass hooked. We all know from ex- perience that it pays to keep a sharp hook and the correct tension on your drag set just for this occasion. Just a short reminder that Lake Jackson has a 5 bass limit per person with a minimum length of 12 inches.