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NORTH TEXAS EVENTS
SUMMER  2016

JUNE

  June 11 - McKinney
McKINNEY GARDEN CLUB GARDEN & HOME TOUR... Experience seven gardens and homes on Saturday, 10am-4pm. Presented by the McKinney Garden Club. Tickets $20.  Go to www.mckinneygardenclub.org, or email hayese3@att.net.

  June 11 - Cross Plains
17th ANNUAL BARBARIAN FEST- IVAL...
Antique & classic car show, kids’ games, antique tractor show, inflatable bounce house obstacle course, live music, food, pony rides, fun for the family! At Treadway Park on Hwy 36, one mile west of Hwy 206 intersection. Come to Cross Plains, hometown of Robert E. Howard —creator of Conan the Barbarian! Saturday, 9am-4pm. Parade 6pm on Thurs, June 9 downtown. For more info: www.BarbarianFestival.net.

JULY

  July 2–4 - Granbury
41st ANNUAL OLD-FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION...
Come to the Historic Square to celebrate Independence Day! Arts & crafts vendors, ranch rodeo, car show, live theater shows, decorated bike contest, Firecracker 5K Run, hometown parade, old-fashioned games & spectacular fireworks show over Lake Granbury. www.granburychamber.com. (817) 573-1622.

  July 9 - Weatherford
PARKER COUNTY PEACH FEST-IVAL...
Historic Downtown features over 200 arts, crafts, food & activity vendors, special stage entertainment, children’s events & the Famous Peach Pedal Bike Ride. www.peachpedal.com.  www.peachfestivaltx.com. 888-594-3801.

  July 21–23 - Hico
134th OLD SETTLERS REUNION ...
Since 1882, Hico has been celebrating the area’s heritage at one of the oldest settlers’ reunions in the state. Enjoy a carnival, food & crafts vendors, musical entertainment and dancing at Hico City Park. For info, call (254) 796-4221. www.hico-tx.com.

SEPTEMBER

  September 2–4 - West
41st ANNUAL WESTFEST...
Labor Day weekend festivities with Czech foods, music, international entertainment, dancing, pastries, costumes, arts & crafts, horseshoe tournament, Polka Mass, races, sports, children’s area & kolache baking contest. West Rodeo & Fair Grounds. www.westfest.com. (254) 826-5058.

  September 5 - Elm Mott
SORGHUM FESTIVAL...
On Mon-day of Labor Day Weekend, Homestead Craft Village presents pressing of homegrown sorghum & its cook-off, special music, tasty foods, outdoor BBQ & brick oven pizza, cranked ice cream, horse-drawn hayrides and craft demonstrations. 10am-5pm. Go west off IH-35, five miles north of Waco.  www.HomesteadHeritage.com/events. (254) 754-9600.

  September 7–10 - Alvarado
PIONEERS & OLD SETTLERS 123rd REUNION...
Parade, queen’s contest, baby contest, Battle of the Bands, big carnival, car show, fiddler’s competition,  & vendor booths at “The Premier Homecoming Event of Texas.” Write Tom Durington, P.O. Box 217, Alvarado, TX 76009. Free admission. $2 Parking. (817) 538-2337.

  September 9–11 - Gainesville
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT BALLOON SPECTACULAR...
Enjoy traditional ballooning events, mass ascensions, balloon competitions & glows at Gainesville Municipal Air-port. Also kite performances, 5K/10K Run, steak cook-off, headliner Dave Alexander on stage, food & merchandise vendors, Kidz Zone and more through-out the day. Benefiting Gainesville’s North Texas Medical Center. Tickets $5. www.theskysthelimit.org.

  September 10 - Denton
17th ARTS, ANTIQUES & AUTOS EXTRAVAGANZA...
Saturday on Denton’s historic downtown square, 110 W. Hickory St. FREE admission. Classic/hot rod/custom car, truck & motorcycle show, fine art & crafts 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  info@dentonmainstreet.org.

  September 16–18 - 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 info: whipp.farm.antiques@gmail.com, www.whippfarmproductions.com or (817) 641-0183.

  September 17 - Springtown
32nd ANNUAL WILD WEST FEST...
On the Square, 9am-4pm. Parade at 10am. Over 200 booths selling arts, crafts & something for everyone. Enjoy live entertainment, Legends of Texas gunfighters, Mock Jail, 17th annual BBQ cook-off, and numerous rides/activities in the kid’s area. Booths: $75+ elec. (optional). Food vendors: 10x10=$125+ electric. Set-up starts 6am. (817) 220-7828. www.wildwestfestival.org.

  September 24–25 - Comanche
COMANCHE COUNTY POW-WOW...
35th 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. Info: www.ComancheChamber.org or (325) 356-3233.

OCTOBER

  October 1 - Flower Mound
FALL FESTIVAL...
Abiding Peace Community Church presents such fun events as a car show (entry fee required) with check-in at 8am, 5K Run /Walk (entry fee required) with check-in at 7am & run at 8am, kids activities, FREE kids’ haircuts, face painting and Carved Pumpkin Contest (entry fee required). Held at 1117 W. College Parkway. 10am-3pm. Also SEEKING VENDORS. Contact Renea Kren (972) 971-8989 or renea.kren2014@gmail.com.

  October 15 - Whitesboro
51st ANNUAL PEANUT FESTIVAL...
Celebrate over 50 years of family fun in downtown Whitesboro. Approx. 20,000 visitors come to this entertainment-filled day. Arts & crafts, food vendors, tractor exhibit, car show, musical entertainers, drawings and lots of fun. Free to public. Vendor space available. Chamber of Commerce: (903) 564-3331.

  October 15 - Kerens
12th ANNUAL COTTON HARVEST FESTIVAL...
Enjoy country lifestyle foods, hot air balloons, street dance, arts & crafts, carnival, live entertainment, chili cook-off, mule wagon rides, antique tractor show & pull, quilt show, pageant, classic cars, and more! 9am-10pm. Historic Downtown. 14 miles east of Corsicana on Hwy 31. www.kerenscottonharvestfestival.com. (903) 396-2665.

  October 22 - Hamilton
45th HAMILTON COUNTY DOVE FESTIVAL & WILD WING COVE COOK-OFF...
Come celebrate on the historical downtown square! Festivities include a parade, Wild Wing Dove Cook-off, gospel singing, 5K run, Saturday evening rodeo & dance, pageant, gun show, vendor booths, wine tasting, food, kids events and live music. Free Admission. www.hamiltondovefest.com. (254) 386-3216. www.hamiltontexas.com.

  October 22–23 - Muenster
ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST...
Enjoy great musical entertainment, a fun Stein-Hoisting competition, Weiner Dog Race, Best Dirndl and Lederhosen contest, Bier Belly contest, fun run, bike rally and much more. Heritage Park Pavilion, 301 North Ash. For more details, go to www.muensterchamber.com or www.oktoberfestmuenster.com, or call (940) 759-2227.  v

 
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