updated 9:22 PM UTC, Jul 8, 2020

Huge crowd in Woodville to support Kree Harrison

(Jim Powers Photo)Woodville and Tyler County residents came together Saturday in huge numbers to show their support for American Idol Top 3 Finalist Kree Harrison. Each season, the top three finalists get to visit their hometowns for a whirlwind day starting with a press conference, moving to a parade and ending the day with a performance. And, just for Kree, there was an event at the Rodeo Arena featuring some exciting Mutton Bustin' and an opportunity for local folks to meet Kree. It was an exciting day for everyone who follows AI, and for Kree Harrison.

"This past weekend we had an opportunity to show the rest of the world how wonderful our life in Southeast Texas is," Woodville Mayor Ben Bythewood said. "I am so proud of the way the City of Woodville, Tyler County and all of Southeast Texas came together to show support for our hometown girl, Kree Harrison.

"Kree is a special person to us for many reasons. It is not just her tremendous talent, but her spirit and determination in the midst of trials and tragedy that exemplify the qualities that we want to instill in all of our children. She has represented us well nationally and worldwide. It was the City's pleasure to see that she gets the recognition she has long deserved for the person that she is and the talent that she has.

"This Saturday could not have gone so smoothly if it weren't for the efforts of the City staff, the Woodville Police Department, and the Tyler County Sheriff's Office and many other agencies, businesses, and individuals in our community. They made an overwhelming task appear effortless and first class. I want to thank all of you for allowing me to be a part of this task. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we pulled it off with a grace and style that can only be found in Southeast Texas."

Woodville City Administrator Mandy Risinger is pleased that the focus of the event was not only to recognize Kree, but to promote local youth.

"We wanted to emphasize that "success" such as Kree has realized is something that can happen to any one of them if they set goals, stay focused and follow their dreams."

The Booster has put together a special section in this week's edition featuring a lot of great photos from the event and from Kree's past. Check out the PDF version at www.tylercountybooster.com.

You can also check out the tylercountybooster.com Web site for stories, slideshows from the parade and press conference and a YouTube audio/slideshow, where you can listen to the entire press conference (just click on the "Video" menu selection at the top of any page).

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