Texans like their wide-open spaces, but when it comes to festivals, fairs, and events, no one can put on a community event like a small Texas town. Some of the most unique fairs and festivals, worldwide, can be found in Texas.
If you are looking for unique festivals in unique places, you need look no farther than Texas. It's a big place, so if you are going to hit the fair circuit be prepared to put some miles on your "pick-em-up truck!"
Fairs and Festivals in Texas worth the visit:
Flatonia, Texas, a tiny, historic Czechoslovakian railroad town just east of San Antonio, turns into a metropolis every October. Czhilispiel hosts the second largest Chili Cook-off in Texas along with the largest Tented Biergarten as part of this celebration. It also draws an array of musicians, artisans, and carnival attractions. There is something for everyone, including the antique and history buff. Flatonia, itself, incorporated in 1875 by eastern European immigrants, is a step back in time to the Nineteenth Century.
Just north of San Antonio in the German community of New Braunfels, the annual Wurstfest in October draws thousands. This ten-day festival hosts a variety of activities including German foods, beer, dance, and cultural attire. Lederhosen and schnapps, the Texas Two-step and the polka draw crowds from all over the world to this Oktoberfest celebration. The city of New Braunfels welcomes Wurstfest visitors with open arms. Antique shops, cultural events, and a festive atmosphere complete the attractions making it a must-do event.
Texas is known for many things, including Rattlesnakes. The small north central Texas town of Sweetwater capitalizes on its desert-like terrain to host the world's largest rattlesnake roundup every March. Although naturists object to the roundup, if you've ever come upon one of these varmints unaware, you might understand the desire to limit their population. They (the snakes, not the Texans) carry a nasty bite that can be fatal. The annual roundup hosts a Miss Snake Charmer Pageant, carnival events, foods, music, and of course, the "snake hunt." Hunters must register and follow strict guidelines in the roundup. Observers, on the other hand, are free to enjoy the carnival atmosphere. Fried rattlesnake is available to the brave.
Nothing says summer like a ripe, juicy, cold watermelon and no place says watermelon like Luling, Texas in June. Anyone who has ever harvested melons knows that you "thump" them, listening for the characteristic hollow "thud" that says they are ripe. This former rowdy cattle town, once part of the Old West's Chisholm Trail, grows from a sleepy town of 5000 to quadruple its size. Proud Texans come to participate in the "seed spitting contest" that is the earmark of the "Thump." Food, music, games, exhibitions, and a carnival add to the festivities.
Located on the banks of Galveston Bay, east of Houston, Anahuac hosts an annual Gatorfest in September, complete with fried gator, and airboat rides on the bayou. The annual Gatorfest features cultural music, and all the festival pageantry of exhibits, drinks, and community pride, including a Gator Queen. This unique community with its close ties to French Acadian settlers of Louisiana celebrates "Cajun" style. If you've never sucked on a crawfish head, eaten ettouffee or jambalaya you've missed out. It's worth the 60-mile trip east from Houston on I-10 to experience this cultural jewel.
Among the unique fairs and festivals that celebrate the Texas experience, you'll also find a proud people who live up to their state motto, "Friendship."