Lubbock's Year Long Centennial Celebration Kicks-Off - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/2/08

Lubbock's Year Long Centennial Celebration Kicks-Off

Crews are cleaning up from the Lubbock Centennial Celebration. The kick-off event ended late Sunday night at the City Bank Coliseum. Sunday's festivities staredt Lubbock's yearlong countdown to it 100th birthday. More than 1,500 people took part in the Centennial Opening Ceremonies, which included those from Raider Red to Lubbock legends like Mac Davis.

"Only three hours till it starts and it kicks off a whole year," Linda Gaither, Chairperson of Centennial Committee said.

Inside the City Bank Coliseum last minute preparations are underway, as Texas Tech Air Force ROTC ushers are given directions while show producers make final changes.

"As we speak right now we're working on the script, working on some lighting cues and making sure everything goes real smoothly," Gaither added.

However, outside the party is already underway as horses and buggies drive around the parking lot and show goers check out a classic car show and a hundred years of Hub City farm equipment.

"Over here we have a horse drawn stripper that's a one row that very labor intensive and a new John Deer Eight Row that can cover more in an hour than you could with that other one in a day," Jim Johnson, President of the South Plains Tractor Association explained.

Nearly 7,000 people file into the Centennial kick-off celebration.

"I love Mac Davis and the artist and actors here and I think it's going to be a good time, a good way to kick-off celebrations and they'll be more coming down the way," Lubbock resident Enrique Saa said.

Then the lights went down and Mac Davis took the stage.

He said I am honored with, "the opportunity to host this great kick-off for a yearlong celebration of Lubbock existence."

Therefore, began a tribute to the schools and service clubs, former athletes and coaches and the people and their music that shaped the Hub City into what it is today.

"This is our happy birthday Lubbock starting," Gaither said.

Centennial events will take place weekly for next year, until the Closing Ceremonies in March of 2009.

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