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3-Day San Jacinto Festival a Celebration of History and Community

March 30, 2015

In 1836, Texas won its independence with a victory by the Texan forces over the Mexican Army at San Jacinto. West Columbia became the first capital of the newly formed Republic of Texas, with Sam Houston as the elected President. Each year, West Columbia celebrates that decisive battle with the San Jacinto Festival.

This springtime event is held in the third week in April – this year the 61st annual festival kicks off on Friday, April 17th and runs through Sunday, April 19th. Celebrate your history and the arrival of spring by enjoying downtown West Columbia and participating in some of the planned events. Attractions and events will be spread out over the town.

The BBQ Cookoff will be at First Capitol Park (FM 2852) on Friday beginning at 6 PM. Families can also enjoy the carnival, located near the West Columbia Library, all 3 days of the festival. There will be a parade on Saturday morning in downtown West Columbia, craft booths and food vendors, and entertainment at Heritage Hall from 12 PM – 6 PM on Saturday.

With hayrides, a washer tournament, the crowning of the Little Belle & Little Beau, and Belle of the Brazos, plus a shrimp boil and helicopter rides, it’s going to be difficult to pack everything into just a single weekend!

Festival hours:

Friday, April 17th – 6 PM – 11 PM

Saturday, April 18th – 10 AM – 11 PM

Sunday, April 19th – 1 PM – 6 PM

Saturday morning, the festival begins with the San Jacinto Festival 5K run, located at First Capitol Park and sponsored by Texas Gulf Bank. Applications for runners and walkers are available at West Columbia City Hall or the West Columbia Chamber of Commerce office, or contact westcolumbiachamber@gmail.com to have one emailed to you. The cost for early registration is $20 (by 4/1) or $25 after. Late registration is available on the day of the race at 7:30 AM at the First Capitol Park.

The race begins at 8:15 AM and includes running through First Capitol Park, up N. 13th to Varner Hogg Park, and after a beautiful fun through Varner Hogg Park, returns to the pavilion in First Capitol Park via N. 13th. Medals will be awarded to winners in the following age groups for men and for women:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40 and over

Find out more about the festival on the San Jacinto Festival Facebook page, or call 979-345-3921. Volunteers are always welcome. See you there!

Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair Coming Soon

March 24, 2015

The popular Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, held annually in Sugar Land, just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, attracts foodies from all over Texas during 5 days in mid-April. Top local chefs will share their secrets, a wide variety of great wines will be available, and seminars will impart information regarding wine and spirits to participants.

Events during the affair range from a Grand Tasting or a VIP Kickoff Dinner – on the upscale side, to the Sip & Stroll at Imperial Sugar’s historic factory which showcases plenty of chefs, restaurants and wines, or Bistro Brunch in Sugar Land town square, for the more casual foodie experience. Local mixologists display their skills in a competition to create the official cocktail of the Wine & Food Affair, an honor that also comes with a cash prize.

The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, 2015, will be held from April 8th – April 12th. This event is strictly adults-only, with no one under 21 admitted. If food and wine is your passion, there’s lots of fun to be had in Sugar Land! Tickets and information are available at the event website.

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Easter Bunny to make an Appearance in Lake Jackson

March 21, 2015

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Lake Jackson! This year, there will be a special guest – the Easter Bunny – who has graciously agreed to pose for photos with the little ones. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera for this once-a-year-only opportunity.

Children 11 and under will be thrilled to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt, with over 10,000 eggs just waiting to be liberated from their hiding places. Bring baskets for the kids to collect their finds. The hunt will be separated into age groups; the 2 year & under group are allowed parental assistance.

The hunt will begin at 5:30 PM sharp, on Thursday, April 2nd, so don’t be late. The elusive eggs and the Easter Bunny will be in MacLean Park, located at 93 Lake Road in Lake Jackson. More hunt details are located on the Lake Jackson community calendar. Be there for an Easter event to remember!

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Don’t Miss the Angleton Easter EggStravaganza

March 18, 2015

What could be more fun than an Easter Egg hunt? What if you needed a flashlight to find some of the 16,000 eggs cleverly hidden by the Easter Bunny? This year, the Angleton Recreation Center is hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza that not only includes the flashlight egg hunt, but also a screening of the Lego Movie.

Children aged 14 and under are welcome to participate in the egg hunt, have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny, and settle in after the festivities for the Lego Movie under the stars. Egg hunts will be divided into age groups, so make sure to bring a basket to collect your treasures!

The Eggstravaganza begins at 6 PM on Thursday, April 2nd, at Freedom Park in Angleton, located at 3105 N. Downing. There is no charge for attending. For additional information, contact the Recreation Center at 979-549-0410 (option 5) or go online for details to the Angleton website.

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26th Annual Texas Joy Ride & Rod Run Scheduled in Freeport

March 14, 2015

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th, when the 26th annual Texas Joy Ride Rod Run rolls into Freeport Municipal Park. This popular event includes fun for the whole family, with arts and crafts, raffles, and door prizes. The kids will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, plus contests and games. There will also be a DJ and a live band on Saturday night. Come hungry, because barbecue will be available! Sunday religious services are also held.

But the main entertainment is to wander around and marvel at the amazing array of classic cars and trucks on display. Each year the competition is stiff and beautiful vintage vehicles from the 40s, 50s, 60s and more are shined up and ready to impress. Get a little bit of automotive history and chat with the owners about the loving restoration and maintenance of their own little piece of Americana. Awards and trophies are given for the best vehicles on Sunday at 1 PM.

Entries cost $25 each, and there will be a cash drawing for $150 for all pre-registered entries. If pre-registrations exceed 100, the cash drawing will increase to $200. Freeport Municipal Park is located at 421 Brazosport Blvd in Freeport. The park includes a covered pavilion, so the festivities will go on; rain or shine. Call Joy Williams at 281-444-8680 for additional information about the Joy Ride and judging events.

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