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EAST TEXAS EVENTS
SPRING
  2015

MARCH

  March 12–14 - Buna
43rd ANNUAL REDBUD FESTIVAL...
Anticipated to be the most spectacular Redbud Fest since its inception 43 years ago! Salute springtime at Buna’s annual celebration with a parade, arts & crafts booths, musical entertainment, great food & carnival rides. Carnival opens on March 12 and runs March 13 & 14. (409) 994-5586.

  March 13–15, April 17–19, May 15–17, June 12–14 - Livingston
LIVINGSTON’S TRADE DAYS...
Pedigo Park - Open year-round on the weekend before the third Monday (closed April). Two covered pavilions and open-air lots accommodate over 350 vendors: arts, crafts, collectibles, antiques, food. Hwy 59N, mile north of Hwy 190. Free admission. Email: tradedays@livingston.net or, www.cityoflivingstontx.com. (936) 327-3656.

  March 17–22 - Nederland
HERITAGE FESTIVAL...
Celebrate the area’s Dutch & Cajun heritage with tournaments, carnival, arts & crafts booths, pageants, Cajun foods & museum tours. Downtown on Boston Avenue. In its 42nd year! (409) 724-2269 or www.nederlandhf.org.

  March 20–April 5 - Tyler
56th AZALEA & SPRING FLOWER TRAIL...
Enjoy over ten miles of flowering gardens and beautiful historic homes in the Azalea and Brick Street Districts. Other events include historic home tours, art & flower shows, living history tours, ‘Spirits of Oakwood’ tours, Artisans & Flower Market, arts/crafts fair & more! For additional info: 1-800-235-5712 or www.VisitTyler.com.

  March 21 - Jasper
27th ANNUAL AZALEA FESTIVAL & TRAILS...
Historic downtown Jasper’s square hosts an arts & crafts fair, live music, Kidz Zone, weenie dog races, birdhouses, kiddie train, pet adoption, farmer’s market, and driving tours of the Azalea Trail. Enjoy festival fun in celebration of springtime and the area’s blooming azaleas. 9am-4pm. (409) 384-2762. jaspercc@jaspercoc.org.

  March 27-28 - Kilgore
KILGOGH 2015 ARTS FESTIVAL...

Exhibition of local & visiting artists’ work available for purchase by guests. Auction of
select pieces of art illustrating the festival’s theme. Tasting of local wines produced by East Texas vineyards. Entertainment featuring live performances of classical music by local musicians. Downtown Kilgore. For more info: www.KilGogh.com. Like us on Facebook.  

  March 28–April 26 – Kilgore
AVALON FAIRE
… A medieval renaissance and practical adventure of magic, wonder, and excitement! Hidden away be-hind the pine curtain of East Texas, a different world and different time exists. Saturdays 10am-7pm & Sundays 10am-6pm. Adults $12 & Children $6. Location: 1076 FM 1252 West. For more info: www.avalonfaire.com. Like us on Facebook.

APRIL

  April 11 - Cooper
DELTA COUNTY FAIR, JR. LIVE-STOCK SHOW & COOK-OFF...
Cooper City Park; Saturday 8am-5pm. Live music all day, Pastry Cook-off, Firemen’s Competition, pet clinic, Kids Zone, food & craft vendors, Hamburger Luncheon, live-stock show and fun for all ages! For info: Delta County Chamber of Commerce: (903) 395-4314; e-mail deltacounty@neato.com; or www.deltacounty.org.

  April 15–May 31 - Henderson
EAST TEXAS WILDFLOWER TRAILS...
Presented by the City of Henderson Department of Tourism. Call for free visitor brochure and driving map of Wildflower Trails: (866) 650-5529.

  April 17–18 - Henderson
20th ANNUAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW...
Enjoy displays of small engines, horse-drawn equipment & engine show, tractor pulls, hay-baling and antique tools. Expo Center, 3303 FM-13 West. (903) 889-2671 or (866) 650-5529.

  April 17–18 - Kirbyville
MAGNOLIA FESTIVAL...
Come to beautifully-forested East Texas the third week-end in April to enjoy Kirbyville’s hometown parade, carnival, entertainment, pet show, music, auction and arts & crafts at Magnolia Park. (409) 423-6500.

  April 17–19 - Dayton
DAYTON OLE TYME DAYS...
Enjoy a BBQ Cook-off, Junior Chili Cook-off, indoor & outdoor arts/crafts booths, pageant, car show, antique tractor show & more. FREE admission. Held at Dayton Community Center. www.daytonoletymedays.com. (936) 402-2419 or (936) 258-3567.

  April 18–19 - Edom
APRIL IN EDOM...
An old-fashioned small town street fair. Unique handmade items, tasty fair food, live music, pet parade & con-test, children’s activities, classic car show & more, all amongst a backdrop of Edom’s quaint artists’ colony . 10am-5pm daily. Downtown. (214) 478-8999. www.aprilinedom.net.

  April 29–May 3 - Port Neches
PORT NECHES RIVERFEST...
Enjoy “Thunder on the Neches” Tunnel Boat Races, plus carnival, crafts, talent show, horseshoes, fireworks, food vendors, talent show, 3-on-3 tournament, car show and more. Held at Port Neches Waterfront Park. (409) 722-9154. (409) 722-9155. www.portnecheschamber.com. Follow us on Facebook - PortNechesRiverFest.

MAY

  May 1–3 - Huntsville
28th GENERAL SAM HOUSTON FOLK FESTIVAL...
Celebrate the life and times of General Sam Houston, featuring period re-enactors, children’s tent, pony rides, craft vendors, life skills demonstrations, historic tours, music, dancing & more! On the grounds of Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Also en-joy the 12th “Airing of the Quilts” May 2 on Historic Downtown’s Square. For details: (936) 294-1832 or www.GSHFF.com.

JUNE

  June 13 - Nacogdoches
TEXAS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL...
The largest producer of blueberries in Texas presents a blueberry pancake breakfast, kid’s water park, arts & crafts, farm-fresh blueberries for sale, blueberry farm tours, Repbee Classic Car Show, live musical entertainment with ‘Cookin’ Up the Blues’, and family fun down-town. Presented by Brookshire Brothers. (936) 560-5533. www.TexasBlueberryFestival.com.

  June 13 - Saturday - Paris
CLASSIC CAR SHOW & ARTS/CRAFTS ...
40 vehicle classes, many special awards, food, kid activities, special shopping! Cruise night, giant 50’s street party Friday (6pm-9pm). Love Civic Center at 2025 S. Collegiate. Hosts: Red River Valley Honkers Car Club. SEEKING VENDORS: http://www.rrvhonkers.com. Contact S. Carroll: (903) 739-9763 or kscarrol@att.net.

  June 13 - Jacksonville
TOMATO FEST...
Enjoy many tomato activities, including Salsa Contest, Tomato Eating Contest, Tomato Peeling Contest. Enjoy 200 vendors, Got Talent Contest, Chili’s street dance, entertainment, history display, Farmer’s Market, gospel concert, soccer/tennis tournaments & more. Free admission. In its 31st year! Contact Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce: (903) 586-2217 or www.jacksonvilletexas.com.  v



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