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9 Small-Town Texas Festivals You Should Check Out

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Texans take their home-grown foods seriously. Let’s face it, we are proud of our ability to grow and consume locally grown foods. Festivals across Texas are hosted each year to honor these fruits and nuts (and yes, mushrooms). So mark your calendars, it is time to visit these small towns across Texas.

1. Watermelon Thump

The Watermelon Thump in Luling is a four-day festival of fun. Thousands enjoy this Texas tradition honoring the watermelon. If you haven’t participated in a watermelon seed spitting contest, this one is for you. The Watermelon Thump hosts a carnival with kiddie rides, main stage entertainment, plenty of food booths and children’s entertainment.

2. Parker County Peach Festival

Get ready to have a peachy good time! Take a trip back in time at the Parker County Peach Festival, held in Historic Downtown Weatherford near Dallas / Fort Worth. You can find homemade peach ice cream and other peach desserts, a carnival and an entire town square full of activities for kids of all ages. 2015 marks the 31st annual Peach Festival which always takes place on the second Saturday in July.

3. The Lone Star Gourd Festival

The Lone Star Gourd Festival is the biggest gourd festival in the State. Held in New Braunfels each year, the festival observes gourds of all types. Gourds are one of the most functional fruits. Historically, they’ve been used as vessels for food and water. Each year, artists will carve and paint gourds into high-dollar art. You can find gourds made into beautiful statues or hand-made baskets.

4.  De Leon Peach and Melon Festival

The De Leon Peach and Melon Festival features a Peach Dessert Contest. Need another reason to hit the roads to the De Leon Fairgrounds? If that doesn’t interest you, enter the “5K/10K Watermelon Crawl” or take your kids to the Kiddie Tractor Pull. At night, you can enjoy the bright lights of the carnival rides and go back in time to when you were just a kid.

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