By Bruce Harper Karnes Countywide staff

RUNGE – There were hot dogs, hamburgers, sno-cones, apple pies, costumes, parades and, of course, lots of fireworks. 

It was an old-fashioned Fourth of July in Runge Thursday evening with all the above and more. 

Things got started around 6 p.m. with an apple pie contest. It wasn’t a pie-eating contest but the top prize went to the best tasting entry. Rachel Flair, with her crumb top pie, took home top honors and Darlene Janssen was a close second.

Youngsters were dressed in patriotic gear or just being cute with tractors, bikes and trikes all decked out with red, white and blue decorations.

Vendors were welcome and offered all kinds of trinkets and homemade delicacies – even some handmade wreaths for all holidays.

There were a couple of food trucks offering barbecue. And what would a Fourth of July celebration in Texas be without barbecue?

The Runge Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) controlled the fireworks for the evening. Donations from the Chamber of Commerce, H-E-B, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the city of Runge and various other donors provided more than $2,000 worth of fireworks for the evening’s special show.

Mayor Homer Lott was on hand along with members of the RVFD who included Joshua Garcia, Ian Ramirez, Steve Pena, Jonathon Garcia, Jesus Rios and Fernando Rios. 

The Runge firefighters obtained a special permit with some additional training to set off the fireworks for the community which lasted more than an hour.

The sparklers and explosives brought hundreds of cars to the VFW post and lined the empty space outside the baseball field. Local streets also were packed with cars and onlookers as the night sky began to dance with the fireworks and explosions of color.

The presentation was the 23rd for the town of Runge. 

“It was bigger a few years back, but it’s coming back and when we have our main street back in order, we expect to have a bigger parade and a bigger show,” said Fernando Rios, a member of the RVFD who has attended every one of the annual events.