Winnie

What originally began as a one-day affair in 1969 has grown into a seven-day celebration — the Texas Rice Festival. Now in its 45th year, the renowned Texas Rice Festival is an annual harvest celebration honoring rice farming, a major economic activity in the region, especially in Winnie.

The festival includes a carnival, livestock shows, barbeque cook-off, nightly street dances, parades, pageants, music, great food and, of course, rice balls.

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Summer is here and kids are out of school, leaving many parents faced with the often daunting task of providing summer entertainment. Southeast Texas families need not worry; Elise’s Family Fun Center in Winnie is here to relieve summer boredom.

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Straitjacket will be one of many trucks featured in Monster Mayhem Motor Sport.

Jerry Nelson took one step toward making his life-long dream of producing a Wood-stock-style festival at Nutty Jerry’s a reality Tuesday, Sept. 24, by announcing the opening of an outdoor arena at his Winnie entertainment complex.

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