ROZEL — The city of Rozel will celebrate its 125th birthday starting with a big party Friday night.
Texas Christian head football coach Gary Patterson, a Rozel native, has been selected to give the address at the alumni banquet, which opens the festivities at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Kansas State graduate Patterson guided the Horned Frogs to a 13-0 record and No. 2 national ranking in 2010. TCU’s first undefeated football season since 1938 earned Patterson multiple Coach of the Year honors. He has a career record of 98-28.
The alumni covered dish dinner at Pawnee Heights High School starts at 6:30 p.m. Table service will be provided and is open to anyone.
At 8 p.m., is the Ag Olympics, at the high school football field, sponsored by the Keeping Our District Alive organization. Celebration T-shirts, at $10 each, will be on sale, with the proceeds going to KODA.
A coed softball tournament starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The United Methodist Church bell will toll 125 times to signify the beginning of Saturday’s events.
Joe and Marsha Sauer will serve as grand marshals for the downtown parade at 10 a.m.
Parade entries are eligible for cash prizes, with first place receiving $75, second place $50 and third place $25.
Tours of the Pawnee Heights school building will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
An anvil shoot will be offered several times during the day, beginning at 11 a.m. and following at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Zumba in the Baptist Church basement will also be offered at several times — 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
The Hodgeman Nine vintage baseball team will take the baseball field from noon to 2 p.m., delaying the softball tournament for two hours.
The Rozel fire department will sponsor a dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the community center.
Mountain oysters, hamburgers, hot dogs and sides will be served. Iced tea and water will be provided at the free-will donation event.
The Western Wranglers 4-H Club will sponsor a gift certificate drawing for $200 at B&B Quality Meats at 6:30 at the community center, and at 7 p.m. is the opening of the time capsule in East Park.
Downtown Rozel will feature a variety of vendor booths, a car show in the school parking lot, horseshoe pitching, ladder ball, a dunk tank, train rides, face painting and a miniature thresher on display.
The Faith Fellowship Church will sponsor wood carving.
Vern Bailey and the Loose Nuts Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday for a street dance.
Sunday’s events kick off with the coed softball finals starting at 8 a.m.
Jol Klein will be the featured speaker at a 9 a.m. community church service.
Registration for the Amateur ATV Rodeo begins at 1 p.m., with the rodeo to begin at 2. Concessions features barbecue and fixings for a free-will donation.
A $20 rider’s fee includes a T-shirt. A signed parental consent is required for those age 17 or younger.