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EAST TEXAS EVENTS
SUMMER 2014

JUNE

  June 7–14 - Sulphur Springs
HOPKINS COUNTY DAIRY FEST-IVAL & 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, milking contest, street dance, parade, musical entertainment and kid’s events. (903) 885-6515. Visit: www.HopkinsCountyDairyFestival.com and www.Sulphursprings-TX.com.

  June 13-15, July 18-20, and August 15-17 - Livingston
TRADE DAYS...
Discover a wide array of Trade Days treasures, original hand-crafted artworks, antiques, collectibles, crafts & foods at Pedigo Park on Hwy 59 Bypass. www.UBHOOKD.com. (936) 327-3656 or 1-877-UBHOOKD.

  June 14 - Paris
CLASSIC CAR SHOW...
Saturday. 30+ classes, many special awards, ARTS/CRAFTS, SWAPMEET, food, kid activities, special shopping! Cruise night, giant 50’s street party, music & entertainment Friday

  6pm at Love Civic Center, 2025 South 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 break-fast, kid’s water park, arts & crafts, farm-fresh blueberries 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.

  June 14 - Jacksonville
TOMATO FEST...
Enjoy many tomato activities, including salsa contest, tomato eating & tomato peeling contests. Other activities include 200 vendors, Got Talent Contest, Chili’s street dance, entertainment, history display, Farmer’s Market, gospel concert, soccer/tennis tournaments and more. Free admission. In its 30th year! Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce: (903) 586-2217 or www.jacksonvilletexas.com.

JULY

  July 4 - Jefferson
‘JEFFERSON SALUTES AMERICA” ...
Enjoy an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration with music, children’s trike/bike parade, historical characters, home-made ice cream, and fireworks over Big Cypress Bayou. Downtown at Otstott Park, 5pm-10pm.  www.jefferson-texas.com.

  July 5 - Commerce
4th OF JULY CELEBRATION...
Celebrate Independence Day on Saturday at Centennial Park with a parade, softball game, live bands on stage, children’s activities, food and kid’s bounce house. Enjoy fireworks at 9:30pm. Held 5pm-9pm at the park’s Eddie Moore Sports Complex. Bring a can of food for entry to help those in need. (903) 886-3950. info@commerce-chamber.com.

  July 25–26 - Naples
76th NAPLES WATERMELON FESTIVAL...
Music, arts & crafts, food, dance, parade, horseshoes tournament, corn hole, arm wrestling, ANTIQUE CAR SHOW, ice cold watermelon. Call (903) 897-2037 or email grandvaf@aol.com.

  July 28-August 3 - Longview
GREAT TEXAS BALLOON RACE ...
As the official “Balloon Capital of Texas”, Longview hosts the US National Championship with world-class pilots competing in  hot air balloon events. Also enjoy evening balloon glows, live concerts, children’s area & vendors. (903) 753-3281. www.GreatTexasBalloonRace.com.  

SEPTEMBER

  September 17–21 - Lufkin
30th TEXAS STATE FOREST FESTIVAL...
Enjoy 43rd Hushpuppy Championships, giant carnival, children’s events, cheerleading and pom-pon/dance competitions, exhibits, talent contest, family entertainment & much more! (936) 634-6644. Henderson Expo Center. www.texasforestfestival.com.

  September 20 - Buffalo
BUFFALO STAMPEDE & CAR SHOW...
Saturday. Stampede parade ends in Harriman Park for a day of FUN. Live entertainment, a park filled with KID’s games, arts & crafts, food vendors, auction, horseshoe pitching tournament, Stampede Car Show, RAFFLE & much more. (903) 322-5810. POB 207, Buffalo TX 75831.

  September 26–27 - Commerce
BOIS D’ARC BASH...
“The Bois d’ Arc Capital of Texas” - 29th Annual Bash Downtown. Saturday arts & crafts, food, music, games, 5K run, parade, Texas wine tasting & youth pageant. (903) 886-3950. www.commerce-chamber.com. Email: info@commerce-chamber.com.

OCTOBER

  October 15–18 - Gilmer
77th EAST TEXAS YAMBOREE...
One of the oldest festivals in Texas! Over 100,000 visitors experience Yamboree’s Queen Yam coronation, carnival, ever-popular yam pie, entertainment, street dances, yam-decorating, quilt show, Old Time Fiddlers’ contest, arts and crafts, livestock shows, canning competition, antique cars, gospel show, food vendors, Barn Dance & much more. (903) 843-2413. www.yamboree.com.

  October 16–18 - Tyler
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL...
Come out to celebrate the Rose at Tyler’s 81st Annual Texas Rose Festival. Ceremonial events include the Queen’s Coronation, Rose Show, Queen’s Tea & Rose Parade. In addition, there will be an Arts & Crafts Fair, Winery Grape Stomp, Nursery Tours, Art Show & much more! www.VisitTyler.com. 1-800-235-5712. www.texasrosefestival.com.  v

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