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From Danno Wise
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Texas Offers Some of the Most Unique Annual Events to be Found
Texas has one of the most diverse populations in the state.
This unique blend of people, coupled with Texas’ varied
geographical regions, has resulted in a number of festivals
that are just as diverse as the people who call Texas home.
Here is a sample of some of the Lone Star State’s best
annual events. Charro Days – Held in Brownsville at
the southern tip of Texas, Charro Days claims to be the oldest
fiesta in Texas. Staged each February since 1938, Charro Days
is a weeklong, traditional Mexican “pachanga,”
with parades, dances and a variety of fun events for the entire
Czhilispiel – Based in the Czech settlement
of Flatonia, Czhilispiel has been held annually for over 30
years, drawing some of the best chili and bbq cook-off teams
from across the state.
It’s designation as a CASI endorsed event ensures top
competitors will be there, it’s Czech Fest atmosphere
ensures the whole family will have fun. Dickens on the Strand
– For more than three decades, characters from Charles
Dickens’ novels have strolled Galveston’s historic
Strand during December. Known as Dickens on the Strand, this
holiday festival takes visitors back to the Victorian Era
as street vendors with push carts work amongst carolers and
street musicians, while children busy themselves at the Royal
Menagerie Petting Zoo or make snow angels in the faux snow
lining the street during the “Snow on Sunday.”
Great Texas Mosquito Festival – Next
to barbecue and bulls, Texas is best known for mosquitoes.
So, why not celebrate them? That is exactly what they do in
Clute during the Great Texas Mosquito Festival. This annual
event features a barbecue/fajita cook-off, paintball tournament,
karaoke, a Mosquito Chase “Run,” and more. Paying
homage to a pest has never been so much fun!
Rattlesnake Roundup – Believe it or
not, this is not the only Rattlesnake Roundup in Texas. However,
it is the “Official Rattlesnake Roundup of Texas,”
and has been around in some form or fashion since the 1960s.
A carnival and midway keep the kids busy when they tire of
looking at the hundreds of snakes that are brought in. Additional
entertainment includes an arts and crafts show and nationally-known
musicians sharing the stage in the evenings.
State Fair of Texas – Everything is
big in Texas, and the State Fair of Texas is no exception.
This three week fun fest is based in Dallas and showcases
an impressive carnival, art competition, auto show, livestock
show, and, of course, the annual “Red River Shoot-out”
between the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma
Strawberry Festival – The annual Strawberry
Festival draws over 100,000 visitors to the tiny town of Poteet.
This event, which has been held for nearly 60 years, attracts
nationally-known country music stars and Tejano entertainers
in addition to the carnival, art show, rodeo, dances, parade
and “Taste of Texas” food show.
Texas Renaissance Festival – A six-week
trip back to the 16th century, the Texas Renaissance Festival
features over 200 daily performances, 300 arts and crafts
shops, 60 food and beverage shops, nightly fireworks and more
than 3,000 costumed characters strolling the grounds. Your
head will spin as you enter a world of castles, knights and
magicians spread over the 15-acre park, which is located between
Magnolia and Plantersville (approximately 50 miles northwest
Texas Rose Festival – Started in 1933,
the Texas Rose Festival has become part of the fabric of life
in Tyler. The Rose Parade is just part of the fun, that includes
the Coronation Ball and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s
“Concert in the Park.” Don’t forget to visit
the Rose Museum while visiting the “Rose Capital of
Wurstfest – A 10-day celebration of
sausage, Wurstfest also serves to celebrate the German heritage
of host city New Braunfels. In addition to plenty of food,
Wurstfest offers up top-notch music (including plenty of Polka!),
rides, games, melodramas, yodelers and more.