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10/23/04-Longview

Gilmer Holds Yamboree Parade

      One of the oldest and most unique fall festivals in East Texas was held in Upshur county today. 67 years ago, Gilmer city leaders and area farmers came up with the idea of celebrating the "yam"... And since then it's brought thousands of visitors and tourist dollars to the area each year. It brings visitors young and old from all over Texas each year.     "Pretty fun, get to eat corn dogs watch the parade go on rides , Ferris wheel its pretty fun" says 11 year old Jessie Lowman of Dallas.

     Vintage cars and marching bands from across the county participated in the hour-and-a-half procession, and for many, the parade is the high water mark of the Yamboree, and it's become a family tradition for lots of East Texans.

     "Well its just the biggest thing there is around, I'm originally from ore city and my parents brought me up around it and now I'm bringing my grand kids" says Hughes Springs visitor Beverly Chisolm.

    For many it's the best that life gets, just good fun they can enjoy with their families. It's a throwback to a simpler time, and it keeps big crowds coming back every year. Bob Hallmark reporting.

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