FORTY SECOND ANNUAL TEXAS RICE FESTIVAL WINNIE, TEXAS
The Texas Rice Festival celebrates everything to do with rice and good times! Chartered in 1969, the festival is a weeklong event held annually in Winnie, Texas, beginning with the BBQ Cook-off the 4th weekend in September. The event, currently in its 42nd year, is held as a celebration of the rice harvest and features family entertainment with down-home country flair. More than 100,000 people crowd the Winnie-Stowell Park annually.
BBQ Weekend, sponsored by Whataburger, starts off the festivities with a Fajita Jackpot and BBQ Cook-off, 5K Rice Run, Horseshoe Pitching & Washer Tournaments, TRF Queen Coronation, Fireworks Show and Live Music Street Dances with Jimmy & the Jokers, Al White and the Chaparral will be held September 23, through September 24, 2011. The finale of the cook-off weekend will be the Gospel Jubilee on Sunday afternoon. Wright's Amusement Carnival (with a one-price bracelet available each day) will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of BBQ Weekend.
Festival activities beginning on Wednesday, September 28th include Wright's Amusement Carnival, vendor booths; nightly street dances, Rice Education Exhibits, and a multi-million dollar Farm Equipment Display. The entertainment is non-stop along with lots of GREAT FOOD, including rice balls, gumbo, ettouffe, pistolletes, blooming onions, crab balls, boudain balls, pork-ka-bobs and many other delicious delicacies! The event is renowned for its outstanding cuisine.
Wednesday, September 28th, opening night features entertainment by Lamar State College Section 51 Band, John Slaughter, and Kevin Fowler. The first 1000 paid adults receive a special designed T-shirt sponsored by Orange County Building Materials, Nutty Jerry’s, and Neches Federal Credit Union.
Thursday, September 29th will begin with Jamie Talbert, Blue Broussard, and end with Cody Canada & The Departed.
Friday, September 30th, is Youth Day, sponsored by Douget’s Rice Mill. The park opens at 9am and is free admission for kids 18 and under until 5pm. Youth Day Activities include a 4-H & FFA Livestock Show, Diaper Derby, Baby Costume Contest, Little Rice King and Miss La Petite Contests, Little Rice Sweetheart Pageant, Junior Queen Pageant, Characters in the park, Face Painting, Poster, Photography & Art Contests and an Ice Cream Eating Contest. Performances by the East Chamber Buccadears, Hamshire-Fannett Golden Girls, and the Anahuac Pantherettes will be made throughout the day. Douget's Rice Day continues later that evening with Cajun Night featuring entertainment by Jesse Stuart & Ridin’ High, then Louisiana’s own L’Angelus, and closing the evening is Wayne Toups & ZyDecajun.
Saturday, October 1st, is sponsored Texas Best Organics Rice. It is a harvest celebration featuring non-stop entertainment beginning with Opening Ceremonies followed by the Grand Parade. Saturday’s entertainers will begin with Charles Bilal & The Solar System Band, followed by Bryce Shaver Band. Activities for the day also include the American Cancer Auction, a Rice Cooking Contest, Craft Show featuring 30 booths, Photography and Art Exhibits, Antique Car Show, and Youth Longhorn Show. Later that evening on stage will be Carl Manchaca and Max Stalling. The performance by Joe Nichols will conclude the 2011 festival. So come on out and enjoy the great food and entertainment offered by the Texas Rice Festival.
Admission is $8.00 for adults; $5.00 for students (6-18yrs); children 5 & under and senior citizens (65 & older) are free. Free Parking!!! Daily Carnival wristbands are just $25. Advanced Admission Tickets for students (6-18) for $ 3.00 and Adults for $ 6.00 are available at the TRF office or Market Basket in Winnie beginning August 1st through September 25th. Tickets can also be purchased on the Festival’s website.
Winnie is located just off IH-10, Exit 829, between Houston and Beaumont, with lodging and RV facilities available. For information call Chris Street at 718-0205, or Eric Sullivan/Heath Hebert at 832-2027 or check out our web site at texasricefestival.org
The Texas Rice Festival is sponsored by Budweiser, Douguets Rice, Phillpot Motors, Market Basket, Chambers County, GulfCo Industrial Equipment, Texas Best Organics Rice, Whataburger, and Miller Lite.