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EAST TEXAS EVENTS
SPRING 2014

MARCH

  March 6 - Sulphur Springs
UPRA RODEO...
The Hopkins County Civic Center presents UPRA Rodeo events for Finals competitions. Come join the fun! www.civiccenteronline.com. (903) 885-8071.

  March 7–8 - Buna
42nd ANNUAL REDBUD FESTIVAL ...
Anticipated to be the most spectacular Redbud Fest since its inception 42 years ago! Salute springtime at Buna’s annual celebration with a parade, arts & crafts booths, musical entertainment, carnival rides and great food. Carnival opens March 6 and runs March 7 & 8. (409) 994-5586.

  March 7–9 - Neches
THE 1836 CHUCK WAGON RACE...
Five classes of wagon races, plus western pasture team-roping, cowboy mounted shooting, trail rides, dutch-oven cooking classes, cowboy poetry, herd dog & bull whip demos, horse auction, wagon calcutta, barn dances, live  music & more. Bring your horses & wagons to participate. Camping grounds open March 2. Diamond B Ranch, 11589 FM-321.  www.1836chuckwagonrace.com. (903) 721-9111.

  March 11–16 - Nederland
NEDERLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL ...
Celebrate the area’s Dutch & Cajun heritage with tournaments, carnival, arts and crafts booths, pageants, Cajun foods and museum tours. Downtown on Boston Avenue. In its 41st year! (409) 724-2269 or www.nederlandhf.org.

  March 14–16, May 16–18, June 13–15 Livingston - TRADE DAYS... Pedigo Park - Open year-round on the weekend be-fore the third Monday (closed April). Two covered pavilions & open-air lots accommodate over 350 vendors: arts, crafts, collectibles, antiques, food. Highway 59 North, mile north of Hwy 190. Free admission. (936) 327-3656. www.cityoflivingstontx.com. Email: tradedays@livingston.net.

  March 15 - Sulphur Springs
SPRING FEVER BIKE RALLY…
Bikers take to the streets this Spring in Down-town Sulphur Springs. For more information, visit www.sulphursprings-tx.com or call (903) 885-6515.

  March 15 - Jasper
26th ANNUAL AZALEA FESTIVAL & TRAILS...
Historic downtown Jasper’s square hosts an arts and crafts fair, historic museum, musical entertainment, book fair, food, children’s events and driving tours. Festival fun in celebration of springtime & the area’s blooming azaleas.9am-4pm. (409) 384-2762. www.jaspercoc.org.

  March 21–April 6 - Tyler
55th 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, flower market, arts and crafts fair & more! 1-800-235-5712. www.TylerAzaleaTrail.com.

  March 22–23, March 29–30, April 5–6 - Palestine
76th ANNUAL DOGWOOD TRAILS...
Three weekends of springtime fun! Enjoy blooming dogwood tours at Davey Dogwood Park, arts and crafts booths, a parade, car show, Kids Zone, live musical entertainment and more. Downtown Palestine. www.palestinechamber.org. (903) 729-6066.

  March 29–30 - Palestine
13th DULCIMER & OLD TIME MUSIC FEST...
Enjoy dulcimer jam sessions & concerts of early music. Held by the Museum of East Texas Culture at a circa-1915 high school. www.oldpalmusic.com; (903) 723-3014; or pickinwright@yahoo.com.

APRIL

  April 12 - Cooper
DELTA COUNTY FAIR, BBQ COOK-OFF & JR LIVESTOCK SHOW...
Cooper City Park; Saturday all day 8am-5pm. Live music all day, Firemen’s Competition, Pet Clinic, Kids Zone, food vendors, BBQ Brisket Luncheon, livestock show & fun for all ages, including a Tractor Pull. For more info, contact Delta County Chamber of Commerce: deltacounty@neato.com; (903) 395-4314; or www.deltacounty.org.

  April 12 - Sulphur Springs
DUTCH OVEN COOKING CLASS...
Enjoy learning about the heritage of cooking over an open fire in this Hopkins County Museum class at Heritage Park. (903) 885-2387. www.HopkinsCountyMuseum.org.

  April 12–13 - Edom
APRIL IN EDOM...
An old-fashioned small town street fair at the quaint artists’ colony that is Edom. Unique handmade items, tasty fair food, live music, pet parade, live auction, kid’s activities, classic car show & more. 10am-5pm daily. (214) 478-8999. www.VisitEdom.com.

  April 18–19 - Kirbyville
MAGNOLIA FESTIVAL...
  Come to beautifully-forested East Texas the third weekend in April to enjoy Kirbyville’s home-town parade, carnival, entertainment, pet show, music, and arts & crafts at Magnolia Park. (409) 423-6500.

  April 18–19 - Henderson
19th ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW...
Enjoy displays of small engines & horse-drawn equipment, tractor pulls, hay-baling & antique tools. Held at Expo Center, 3303 FM-13 West. (903) 889-2671 or (866) 650-5529, ext. 221.

  April 25–27 - 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 at Community Center. www.oletymedays.com (936) 402-2419 or (936) 258-3567.

  April 26 - Sulphur Springs
ROTARY CLUB CRAWFISH FESTIVAL...
There’s a crawfish FEAST set this Spring on Main Street in downtown Sulphur Springs! For additional details, visit www.sulphursprings-tx.com.

  April 30–May 4 - 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 & more on the first week-end in May. Port Neches Waterfront Park. (409) 722-9154. www.portnecheschamber.com. (409) 722-9155. Follow us on Facebook - PortNechesRiverFest.

MAY

  May 2–3 - Sulphur Springs
NORTH EAST TEXAS CHORAL SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT...
Concert performed by the North East Texas Choral Society at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Enjoy Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances. (903) 885-8071. www.netchoral.org.

  May 2–4 - Huntsville
27th GENERAL SAM HOUSTON FOLK FESTIVAL...
Step back in time to celebrate the life & times of General Sam Houston. Featuring period re-enactors, kid’s tent, pony rides, craft vendors, life skills demonstrations, historic tours, music, dancing & more! Sam Houston Memorial Museum: (936) 294-1832 or www.GSHFF.com.

  May 10 - Sulphur Springs
HOPKINS COUNTY FOLK FEST-IVAL & BLUEGRASS IN THE PARK ...
Step into the past! Celebrate traditional folkways of East Texas with 19th-century folk skills, costumes, Civil War reenactment, operating blacksmithing shop, antique cars & tractors, kid’s activities and musical entertainment. Heritage Park. (903) 885-2387. www.HopkinsCountyMuseum.org.

JUNE

  June 6–7 - Livingston
Annual Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Powwow…
We welcome you to Texas' oldest Indian Reservation located between Livingston & Woodville in the Big Thicket. Gourd Dancing opens the evenings as we honor two days in the East Texas Piney Woods. Dance contests from Tiny Tots to Golden Age, food vendors, Native arts & crafts artisans & more. $7 admission. Call (936) 563-1120, or see us at  http://www.alabama-coushatta.com.

  June 7–14 - Sulphur Springs
HOPKINS COUNTY DAIRY FESTIVAL & STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ICE CREAM FREEZE OFF...
Join in a week-long salute to the dairy industry in an old-fashioned county fair atmosphere! Events include the ice cream freeze-off (June 14) at Civic Center, as well as a milking contest, street dance, parade, kid’s events & musical entertainment. (903) 885-6515. For details: www.HopkinsCountyDairyFestival.com and www.Sulphursprings-TX.com.

  June 14, Saturday - Paris
CLASSIC CAR SHOW...
30+ classes, many special awards, ARTS/CRAFTS, SWAP MEET, food, kid activities, special shopping! Cruise night, giant 50’s street party, music/entertainment Friday 6pm, Love Civic Center - 2025 S. Collegiate. Hosts: Red River Valley Honkers Car Club. SEEKING VENDORS:  kscarrol@att.net. Contact S. Carroll. (903) 739-9763. www.RRVhonkers.com.

  June 14 - Nacogdoches
TEXAS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL...
The largest producer of blueberries in Texas presents a blueberry pancake breakfast, kid’s water park, arts and crafts, farm-fresh blue-berries for sale, classic car show, live musical entertainment, blueberry farm tours, and family fun downtown. Presented by Brookshire Brothers. (936) 560-5533. www.TexasBlueberryFestival.com.   v

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