(Seguin) -- The 8th Annual Guadalupe County Republican Women's Independence Day Kiddie Parade was a resounding success.
Over 75 participants displayed their patriotic pride, while three received the "most patriotic" award. Hailey Benavidez, a repeat winner in her white jeep with red, white, and blue balloons won first place. Second place went to Michael Castillo and Brody Santos in their black jeep, and the wagon entry featuring little Sophia Belmarez and Natalia Venegas captured the judges' hearts to win third place.
The Republican Women sold popsicles to benefit the Fisher House at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, which houses the families of wounded soldiers who are being treated at BAMC free of charge.
Parade organizer and GCRW President Kelly Follis announced that the Disabled Veterans of America were passing out patriotic "clappers" to all the kids.
Follis said, "These are real, live heroes who have sacrificed everything for our freedom!" and she asked the crowd to join her in thanking these veterans.
Follis continued by explaining to parade participants the "real jobs" of some people assisting with the day's event, "We'd like to thank State Representative John Kuempel for once again portraying Uncle Sam in our parade! Representative Kuempel is not only a great sport, but he helps make our laws in Texas and helps decide how our tax dollars are spent. He makes sure to let Austin hear the voices of the people of Guadalupe County. The judges for our event are County Treasurer Linda Douglass and Justice of the Peace Sheryl Sachtleben. Mrs. Douglass keeps track of the county's money. Judge Sachtleben helps make sure people obey our laws so we all stay safe. Today they have the tough job of choosing the 3 most patriotic entries."
The Guadalupe County Republican Women meet the 4th Thursday of each month starting in September and strive to educate the community about the values of the Republican Party and to be a resource for information on conservative politics.
Special By Kelly Follis