47th Texas Rice Festival

47th Texas Rice Festival

The Texas Rice Festival started as a one-day affair in Winnie in 1969 and has since grown into a eight-day harvest celebration, now in its 47th year. The renowned Texas Rice Festival recognizes the significance off rice farming, a major economic activity in the region, especially in the Winnie area. The festival includes a carnival, livestock show, barbeque cook-off, nightly street dances, parades, pageants, music, great food and, of course, rice balls. The final weekend of the event is upon us with gates opening at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sunday. Performing on Thursday, Sept. 29, will be the Jackwagons, Sister C, and Casey Donahew Band. Friday, Sept. 30, will be Zydeco music night with Wayne Toups, Jamie Bergeron and the Cadillacs. Saturday, Oct. 1, features a talent filled lineup with Max Stalling, Shinyribs, Tracy Byrd and Bag of Donuts. Ticket prices at the gate are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and kids under 5 and senior citizens 65 and older get in free. Detailed information can be obtained at texasricefestival.com.

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