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Llano gets rock’n for Fourth of July

The Llano Rock’n Riverfest features fireworks, live music, a classic car show, and personal watercraft races Friday-Sunday, July 2-4, at Badu Park. Courtesy photo

Llano celebrates the Fourth of July over three days during the Llano Rock’n Riverfest, which is Friday-Sunday, July 2-4, at Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive. Admission is free.

The event features live music, personal watercraft races, a classic car show, vendors, and two fireworks shows. Gates open at 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. Sunday. Bring blankets or chairs to watch the action.

The personal watercraft races, hosted by Jettribe Texas WaterX, begin at 3 p.m. Friday with clinics and practices. The action revs up again at 11 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday on a closed course on the Llano River.

Racing is open to the public and includes several classes, even beginner. Competitors need a racing helmet, a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest, and a kill cord for their watercraft.

Along with racing, professional freestyle exhibits take place during the day on Saturday and the Freestyle Extravaganza is later that night under the fireworks. Speaking of fireworks, the Rock’n Riverfest offers two shows: dark-thirty on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival also has three nights of live music, including bands covering some of the top rock acts of the 1970s and '80s. The music starts at 6 p.m. Friday with Llano band Rogue’s Gallery. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Def Leggend — "the world's greatest tribute to Def Leppard" — takes the stage. On Sunday, two cover bands entertain the crowd: Southern rockers 38 Special Delivery at 6:30 p.m. and American Petty, an ode to Tom Petty, at 7:30 p.m.

Other entertainment includes the Oldies But Goodies Car Show on Saturday. Registration for those showing is 8 a.m. Awards will be announced at 2 p.m.

For more about the Llano Rock'n Riverfest, visit its website or Facebook page or call the Llano Visitors Center and Chamber of Commerce at 325-247-5354.

editor@thepicayune.com

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