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NORTH TEXAS EVENTS
AUTUMN  2014

SEPTEMBER

  September 1 - Elm Mott
SORGHUM FESTIVAL...
On Monday of Labor Day Weekend, Homestead Craft Village presents traditional pressing of homegrown sorghum cane and syrup cooking over wood fires! Also enjoy music, tasty foods, outdoor BBQ, homemade ice cream, horse-drawn hayrides and craft demonstrations. 10am-5pm. Go west off IH-35, five miles north of Waco. www.SustainLife.org. (254) 754-9600.

  September 3–6 - Alvarado
PIONEERS & OLD SETTLERS 122nd REUNION...
Parade, queen, baby & Fiddler contests, country-western bands, big carnival, “The Premier Homecoming Event of Texas.”  Write P.O. Box 217, Alvarado, TX 76009. Bill Gray, Pres. Free Admission. $2 Parking. (817) 517-9920.

  September 12–14 - Gainesville
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT BALLOON SPECTACULAR...
Featuring traditional ballooning events, mass ascensions, balloon competitions & glows at Gainesville Municipal Airport. Also enjoy concerts, food/merchandise vendors, kid’s area, and more throughout the day. Discover something for the whole family! Benefiting the North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville. Tickets: TBA. www.theskysthelimit.org.

  September 13 - Denton
ARTS, ANTIQUES & AUTOS EXTRA-VAGANZA...
Saturday on Denton’s historic downtown square, 110 W. Hickory St. FREE admission. Classic/hot rod/custom car show, juried art & craft show, antique “Attic Treasure”, lectures & appraisals, motorcycle show, live music, Kid Zone, and festival foods make this fun for the entire family. 9am to 3pm. (940) 349-8529, www.dentonmainstreet.org or (888) 381-1818.

  Sept 13, Oct 4 & Nov 1 - Denton
NORTH TEXAS HORSE COUNTRY TOURS...
With one of the largest concentrations of horse farms in the USA, Denton County offers official behind-the-scenes guided tours. Discover large breeding & training facilities, equine specialists, quarter horses, thoroughbreds, Arabians, appaloosas, warm-bloods & paints, plus world-champions for cutting, halter, western pleasure & reining. www.discoverdenton.com. 1-888-381-1818.

  September 15 - Sherman
SHERMAN ARTS FESTIVAL...
Celebrate ART with over 100 arts & crafts vendors, judged art shows, kid fun, free music on outdoor stage, 5K & 10K runs, museum tours, pan-cake breakfast & festival foods. 9am-5pm. Concert at 7:30pm. Held on the Municipal Lawn. Vendor spaces available. 1-888-893-1188. www.shermantx.org.

  September 18-20 - Henrietta
83rd CLAY COUNTY PIONEER REUNION...
Share in this tribute to the area’s frontier heritage with rodeo performances, reunion, parades, floats, barbecue, children’s activities, and art & crafts fair. Henrietta & Clay County Chamber: (940) 538-5261.

  September 19, 20, 21 - Greenville
RALLY ROUND GREENVILLE FEST ...
General street festival is family fun. Begins with Friday night Kick-Off Concert on Court-house Square & music continues throughout the weekend. Kids Alley, Cotton Patch Classic Bicycle Ride, art show & car shows are also part of the fun. Expected attendance 8,000 to 10,000. Vendors apply ASAP for best placement. E-mail milton@greenvillechamber.com or call (903) 455-1510.

  September 19–21 - Grand Prairie
52nd ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN POW WOW...
Hundreds of Native American Indians from across the nation compete in eleven dance categories, with full regalia of feather, buckskin, beadwork & bells. Enjoy Indian food booths, arts & crafts show/sale, teepee exhibit & cultural heritage demonstrations. Free admission; parking $3. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. www.tradersvillage.com. (972) 647-2331.

  Sept 19–21, 2014 & April 17–19, 2015 - Grandview, Maypearl & Cleburne - ANTIQUE ALLEY TEXAS AND 37 MILES OF SALES...  Grandview to Cleburne (“Little Round Top”) to Maypearl & locally surrounding towns welcome shoppers with treasures galore. Maps available (during the show) in Grandview. Vendor Inquiries welcome! Also enjoy our April show! (817) 240-4948. Check www.AntiqueAlleyTexas.com for locations & more details.

  September 19–21 - Cleburne
WHIPP FARM ANTIQUE ALLEY SHOW...
Discover 180 dealer booths at Whipp Farm, 1900 E. on FM4 South during the community’s bi-annual Antique Alley & Yard Sale. Vendor Inquiries Welcome! For more information: www.whippfarm.com; (817) 648-9183; or whipp.farm.antiques@gmail.com.

  September 27 - Alvarado
JOHNSON COUNTY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & CAR SHOW...
Tractor & car parade, machinery demos, tractor pull & games,  tractor restoration contest, kiddie events, festival foods & more. Held at Old Settlers Reunion Grounds. Car entries welcome. For more info: (817) 401-1708.

  September 27 - Denton
DOG DAYS OF DENTON…
“Texas’ Original Celebration for Pooches and Their People”. Live entertainment; canine contests; freestyle, frisbee & flyball demonstrations, Glamfur photos, arts/crafts, games, live music and festival foods. 9am-4pm. Held at North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. www.dentondogdays.com.

  September 27–28 - Comanche
COMANCHE COUNTY POW-WOW...
33rd annual heritage festival, live entertainment, great food, artisan & commercial vendors, art & photography show, state sanctioned BBQ cook-off, antique tractor show, largest car show in Central Texas. Approx. 10,000 attendance in beautiful shady City Park. Visit www.ComancheChamber.org. (325) 356-3233.

OCTOBER

  October 2, 3, 4 - Seagoville
SEAGOFEST...
Celebrate autumn with arts & crafts, carnival rides, parade, car show, food vendors, children’s activities, games, pet parade, National Beauty Pageant, great musical entertainers, and free concerts all three nights—Gospel, Rock & Country. Celebrate Autumn in Seagoville! (972) 287-5184.

  October 3–4 - Possum Kingdom Lake
POSSUM FEST…
Come cook at the 19th Annual Great Outdoors BBQ & Chili Cook-Off! Also enjoy Auction/Raffle items and Vendors. www.possumkingdomlake.com. Email: pkchamber@possumkingdomlake.com. (940) 779-2424 or toll-free (888) 779-8330.

  October 4 - Aubrey
PEANUT FESTIVAL...
Dating back to 1986, Peanut Fest on the first Saturday of October has been celebrating the harvest of the local cash crop. Today it honors the area’s peanut heritage with live music, street performers, gun-slingers, 100 arts/crafts booths, 10am parade & more. Located at 301 S. Main Street. (940) 343-1313. www.AubreyPeanutFestival.com. Email: aubrey@aubreypeanutfestival.com.

  October 4 - Eastland
OLD RIPFEST ANNUAL FESTIVAL...
First Saturday in October in Downtown Eastland. Parade, car show, 5K run, live music, food, over 100 vendors, games, fish fry, and bull-riding. And see legendary “Old Rip”! (877) 2-OLDRIP. www.eastlandchamber.com.  chamber@eastland.net.

  October 11 - Gainesville
DEPOT DAY FESTIVAL... Gainesville Main Street presents live entertainment, gun-fighters, huge antique & classic car show, food, arts & crafts, and much more! Free admission. For more information: (940) 665-2831. www.depotdaygainesville.com.

  October 11 - Mineral Wells
CRAZY WATER FESTIVAL...
Downtown’s Famous Water Company Pavilion celebrates local “crazy” mineral water! Enjoy continuous live entertainment on three stages, crafts, car show, vendors, 5K run, street art, crazy water beer, games & rides. NW 6th Street. Sat 9am-5pm. www.crazywaterfestival.org. (940) 325-8870.

  October 13–18 - Mansfield
MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL...
Enjoy the Hot Beats & Cold Brews Concert Series in an all-indoor series of intimate FREE concerts throughout Historic Downtown Mansfield with over 15 bands & eleven participating venues. For details, visit www.historicmansfield.net.

  October 17–18 - Farmers Branch
BLOOMIN’ BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL & CHILI COOK-OFF...
Two days of great music and beautiful flowers under the Texas sky! Activities include a KidZone, Chili Cook-Off, and Arts & Crafts Marketplace. The cook-off is held Saturday, October 18. Farmers Branch Historical Park. (972) 919-2631. www.bloominbluegrass.com.

  October 18 - Kerens
10th ANNUAL COTTON HARVEST FESTIVAL...
Enjoy country lifestyle foods, hot air balloons with night glow & tethered rides, arts & crafts, carnival, live entertainment, chili cook-off, mule wagon rides, cotton gin tours, unique vintage trailers tours, tractor pull, quilt show, classic cars & more! 9am-10pm. Historic Downtown. 14 miles east of Corsicana on Hwy 31. www.kerenscottonharvestfestival.com. (903) 396-2665.

  October 18 - Whitesboro
49th ANNUAL PEANUT FESTIVAL...
Celebrate 49 years of family fun in downtown Whitesboro. Approx. 20,000 visitors visit the entertainment-filled day. Arts & crafts, food vendors, displays of all sorts, car show, musical entertainers, drawings and lots of fun. Free to public. Vendor space available. Chamber of Commerce: (903) 564-3331.

  October 18 - Ennis
13th ANNUAL AUTUMN DAYS IN ENNIS FALL FEST...
Celebrate the changing of the season! Festive live music, great foods, handmade arts & crafts vendors, petting zoo, children’s activities, and pumpkin decorating. Historic Downtown. 10am-4pm. (972) 878-4748. www.visitennis.org.

  October 18 - Midlothian
ANNUAL MIDLOTHIAN FALL FESTIVAL...
Celebrate Autumn with arts & crafts, 5K Run, food, Fine Arts Show, entertainment, and more family fun. Sponsored by Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. 9am-3pm at MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium. Free ad-mission. Vendor booths available. (972) 723-8600. www.midlothianchamber.org.

  October 18 - Royse City
FUNFEST...
25th Anniversary! Enjoy Old West gunfight shows, Doggie Contest, music, pie-eating contest, truck pull, cow patty bingo, kid’s pageant, military vehicle rides, archery & blow darts, KidsZone, RunFest/Jail Break 5K. Microfest also features craft beer samples at Old Jail Park. Downtown Main Street, 8am-4pm. info@roysecitychamber.com. (972) 636-5000.

  October 24–25 - Granbury
GYPSY TRAMPS JUNK REVIVAL...
Discover booths of junk, treasures & flea market finds at Lake Granbury Resort & Conference Center (621 E. Pearl St.), plus a Friday dance & Early Bird Sale. Fri 12pm-9pm & Sat 9am-5pm. Email: GypsyTrampsJunk@gmail.com, or follow on Facebook.com Gypsy Tramps.

NOVEMBER

  November 1 - Whitewright
12th GRAND STREET FALL FESTIVAL ...
Whitewright Area Chamber of Commerce presents a Firefighters Chili Cook-off, Family Fun Run, arts/crafts, food vendors, classic car show, live entertainment, kid’s activities & more. Historic Downtown, 9am-4pm. Also seeking food, art & merchandise vendors. (903) 364-2000. www.whitewright.org.

DECEMBER

  December 6 - Clifton
NORWEGIAN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TOUR...
“The Norwegian Capital of Texas” presents its tour of homes, history & art from 9am to 5pm. Evening events include dancers, carriage rides, caroling and shopping! Tickets: $10; children 12 & under $5. Come experience the warmth of Norwegian culture. 1-800-344-3720. www.cliftontexas.org.

FEBRUARY

  February 28, 2015 - Gainesville
29th NORTH TEXAS FARM TOY SHOW...
View, buy, sell, trade farm toys of all kinds—trucks, custom toys, and other miscellaneous toys & parts. Held at the Gainesville Civic Center at 311 South Weaver. 9am-3pm. Contact Ed Pick, 504 CR300, Muenster, TX 76252. Admission: $2. (940) 759-2876.  v

 
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