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The City of Port Lavaca, TX, is excited to bring you the 6th Annual Flip Flop Festival benefiting the Bayfront Veteran’s Memorial, honoring all military veterans past, present and future.
A secluded area of the City’s Bayfront Park, also the site of the festival, will be the location of the memorial, which will include bricks engraved with a veteran’s name (available for purchase at the festival) and pavers that line a donor walkway. Construction on the memorial is planned to begin by September. The Veteran’s Council along with members of the local VFW, GI Forum, and American Legion will be working hard at the festival.
The Flip Flop Festival is an exciting, family-friendly event that visitors and locals alike look forward to each year.
The waterfront location and festival experience gives attendees a taste of what you can expect when you visit Port Lavaca – a welcoming atmosphere, friendly conversation, a great view of the water, cold drinks, great food and shopping, and of course, flip-flops!
Visitors are encouraged to stay the weekend and explore all that Port Lavaca has to offer, including boating and saltwater fishing, RVing and camping, historical site-seeing, birding and a white sandy beach with a 2200-foot boardwalk.
This year’s festival will kick off Friday evening, August 29th, with a Street Dance on the Bayfront Peninsula with music by Night Moves. There will be live music all day on Saturday, August 30th, with performances by Riptide, Kayla Ray, TipJar Romeo, The Scott Taylor Band and the festival’s headliner, Bart Crow!
Saturday morning, gates open at 10AM. You can expect the best in food and arts and crafts, professional sand sculptor, Fred Mallett, a huge kid’s zone with a splash pad, rides, games/prizes and face painting. Contests include a Children’s Sand Sculpting Contest (new this year!), a Horseshoe & Washer Tournament and the Annual Fling Flong Contest.
The festival will include an IBCA-sanctioned barbecue cook-off with a $10,000 guaranteed payout!
Admission to The Flip Flop Festival will be FREE!
Whether you live in, near or far from the community of Port Lavaca, we invite you to spend Labor Day weekend with us. Flip-flops welcome!
For up to date information on the Flip Flop Festival and to find lodging options, go to www.flipflopfestival.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flipflopfest.
Look ahead: Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival in Giddings on Sept 12.
Come to the Giddings Public Library (276 N. Orange) from 9am-5pm on Friday, Sept 12 and visit with Texas authors of all genres, see their works and maybe pick up an autographed copy while you're here. "Word Wranglers" is a term that refers to our talented writers who wrangle words to create great literature.
Media Producer, Debbie Snyder, of Texas Department of Transportation (Communications Division) made her second filming trip to the Rockport-Fulton area. Debbie made contact with Sandy Jumper, Director of Tourism for the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, in early June. Debbie’s First trip was focused on filming area tourism attractions in the area. While talking to Debbie about all of the wonderful things to see and do in the community, Sandy introduced her to Rockport-Fulton’s newest venue tax project- Aransas Pathway’s. Intrigued by all our area had to offer, Debbie made plans for a second trip.
Debbie had this to say after her original filming, “I just wanted to let you know that Andrew & I had a great time in Rockport last week while videotaping tourism activities for TxDOT. Very impressed. Everyone was so helpful…from Don and Ed at the Aquarium, to Suzy at the Bay Education Center, to Cathy at the Maritime Museum. On our last day…Thursday…Tom took us to 4 sites on the Aransas Pathways trails. We recorded tons of great footage and were happy with the shots we got. I’ll probably return one more time before the end of July to get some shots with Tom…someone paddling a kayak, a birder, and a hiker on the trails. Most of all, thank you for your hospitality and coordination of activities and experts; you made my job a lot easier!”
And return she did! On Friday, July 11, Debbie went through a whirlwind of videotaping from Hike and Bike trails to Kayakers. Debbie arrived at full noon ready to videotape hikers on Tule East trail. Mid-July in Rockport-Fulton generally has more people walking the beach than hiking trails at that time of day. Not to let an opportunity pass, Chamber staff got together and devised a plan. Sandy Jumper and Kitt Bettes braved the high temperatures to hike the trail in order to allow Debbie the footage she needed. Just as the filming of the trails was wrapping up, news broke out that the Texas record catch of a 972.70 pound Blue Marlin was being brought into Rockport Harbor. The team rushed over just in time to get a shot of the monstrous-sized fish. The Marlin was caught during the Bastante Fishing Tournament by team “Legacy”. What a stroke of luck for Debbie and Rockport-Fulton that the timing was just right!
The video is set to post mid-October on Texas Highways web site www.texashighways.com. This should be a big boost to the community during our slow economic season.
For more information, contact the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce visit www.rockport-fulton.org or contact the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-242-0071 firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Texas State Fair in Belton
The annual Central Texas State Fair kicks off Labor Day weekend at the Bell County Expo Center. This four-day event is packed with entertainment and attractions including a carnival with nightly armband specials, double point livestock shows (steer, heifer, goat, lamb, pig), a petting zoo, sidewalk comedy show, military night, professional bull riding in the air-conditioned dome, food, commercial booths, arts and crafts, live music on the outdoor stage and much more with something fun for the entire family to enjoy. This event is a project of the Bell County Expo Center. For more information, call 254-933-5353 or visit centraltexasstatefair.com.
Monday, Aug. 18th in La Grange
Tribute to Elvis
The second annual Bastrop SUP Cup on August 15-16, 2014 is Texas' original SUP River Festival. The 2-day event – held in historically hip Bastrop, Texas – includes two races and an obstacle course for average paddlers, elite paddlers, weekend warriors, and beginners alike. There will also be a youth race, skill demonstrations, and a chance to participate in some sun SUP games. The SUP events highlight a festive weekend that celebrates the Colorado River and the community of Bastrop, "the fastest growing SUP destination in Texas." Come to Bastrop for a weekend full of SUP events, great food & music, and entertainment for the whole family. Elite Division: Compete in all 3 events with the opportunity to be Texas' SUP Cup Champion. Recreation Division: Compete with paddlers of your age and skill level. Individual Races: Pick which specific events you want to conquer (Elite or Rec Division). Paddle Battle: All in for Bastrop – local sponsors compete in a corporate challenge for bragging rights (this one gets a little crazy).
Visit our website, https://paddleguru.com/races/TheSUPCup for additional information.
G & S Gun Show - Aug 23-24
Hours: Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 9 am to 4 pm at The Canton Civic Center 800 Flea Market Road, Canton, Texas. There will be a large selection of new and used rifles, shotguns, handguns, knives, ammo and accessories. Customers are encouraged to bring in their own items to be bought, sold, or traded. For more information call (918)-659-2201 or e-mail:email@example.com
Look ahead: CLASSIC COUNTRY & HONKY-TONK MUSIC REVIVAL- Sept 11-13
Don't Dare Miss the First Classic Country & Honky-Tonk Music Revival! A three day event that will be held at the Canton Civic Center (800 Flea Market Road). Featuring Six Great Bands: Thursday: The Rocky King Band, Brady Bowen, Greg Gibbs & Swing Country Friday: Justin Trevino & Amber Digby, Jeff Woolsey & the Dancehall Kings Saturday: Larry Lang & the Texas Troubadours, Jake Penrod & the Honky-Tonk Express All shows start at noon each day! Single Day Ticket: $35 Two Day Ticket: $60 Three Day Ticket: $75 After 5pm Any Day: $20 For more info call: 903-245-6300 or 903-567-0575
Earth, Moon & Sun on Fridays August 1, 8, & 15 • 7 p.m.
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. A fast-paced and fun fulldome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon & Sun also examines how humans learn through space exploration. Audiences age 5–11.
We Are Astronomers on Tuesdays August 5 & 12 • 7 p.m.
Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush and presenting the latest scientific information, this new planetarium show brings to life all that is fascinating and extreme in the world of black holes. Witness what would happen if you got too close to one and see how a black hole is able to warp time and space.
Bugtussle Trek & Davy Crocket Day in Honeygrove
- DAVY CROCKETT DAY – September 27th Vendors will be set up all round the square. Food, Games, Shopping, and LIVE Entertainment of many kinds (weather permitting) Starts at 9am and goes all day. Pumpkin patch, antique tractor show, bike rodeo, mutt strut.
Fort Boggy State Park is open Wednesdays through Sundays and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Swimming, fishing, hiking and mountain biking is allowed. There is a boat ramp and the lake (approximately 15 acres) is open to small boats, canoes, kayaks, etc.
The park has a beautiful beach, swimming area and 2 hiking/mountain bike/nature trails. An open air group pavilion is made of stone/rock (bottom) and timbers (top). The pavilion sits on a hill, overlooking the lake, with a beautiful view. There are picnic tables in the pavilion and a BBQ pit in the back. The pavilion will hold approximately 50 people. Facilities include: restrooms without showers; a hiking trail around the lake that's being completed; and several picnic tables close to the lake.
Jefferson has it all: guns, fleas and cars.
The Jefferson Flea Market runs from August 16-17 and is located at 213 W. Broadway, hours are from 8am to 5pm. Come shop for new and antique items, arts and crafts, garage sale items, furniture, fixtures, books, dishes, office supplies and much more, all in a safe, fun and family-oriented environment!
The Jefferson Texas Gun & Knife Show is on August 23-24 at the Jefferson Visitor/Transportation Building, 305 E. Austin Street. The hours are from 9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Admission is $6 in advance and $7 at the door.
Look ahead: Lions Club Mustang & Classic Car Show is on September 13 at 123 N. Walnut in Jefferson. Registration begins at 10 AM. Pre-registration is $20.00 - Day of the show is $25.00
Livingston Trade Days - Aug 15-17
Great Events in Luling
Dinner and Players auction will be at 7pm. There will be a $20 minimum, cash only. 2 Mulligans per player per day at $10/day. These may be used at any time during the day. In Case of bad weateher, 18 holes will deteremine the tournamet. All ties for monies will be divided equally.
Look ahead: 3rd Annual Luling Dry Tri on September 7. Want to do a triathlon but not have to swim? This run, bike and paddle triathlon might be what you’re looking for! Known as a ‘no swim’ triathlon, or a DRY TRI, our event is designed to be challenging, fun and is organized to benefit our local Police and Firefighters. Our event starts with a 12 mile bike ride, then a 3.2 mile run, then a 6 mile paddle, we cap it all off by celebrating yo awesome display of physical prowess with an awesome party down on the river! (BBQ, Beer, Live Music, yeah- Awesome!)
Look ahead: The Great Luling Duck Race on September 7. It's hundreds of ducks at the Rubber Duck Race on San Marcos River off the Zelder Mill Park. $5 per duck or buy the quack pack.
Reviews are good for the Village Bakery in West!
Drop by next time you're in town to sample a kolache, klobasniki™, strudel, and buchta as well as a variety of pies, breads and cookies.
113 E Oak St., West, TX
Gun & Hunting Show in Madisonville
Look ahead: Onalaska Half Triathlon at Lake Livingston on September 14, 2014.
Events in Rockdale Texas
Free Rise Up Music Festival on August 30-31
City Wide Garage Sale on September 6
Kristi's Krusaders 5th Annual MS Rally for the Walk on Sep 6
Rockdale Rotary 21st Annual Golf Tournament on Sep 6
For more information contact the Chamber 1203 W. Cameron Ave., Rockdale, TX 76567. Ph: (512) 446-2030
Fayette County Fair in La Grange
August 29 - 31
There are many ways to have a good time at the Fayette County Fair: enjoying our live entertainment, joining us at the fair parade or participating in our livestock activities, horseshoe and washer pitching contests, barb-b-que cook-off, and so much more…
For more info visit: www.fayettecountyfair.org
Look ahead: Schulenburg RV Park: Acoustic Jam Session
September 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join in for an evening of fun at the Schulenburg RV Park on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month 6:30-9:00pm.
Music Tuesdays in Smithville
Jamming to Their Favorite Tunes - Music Tuesday is in full swing at Block 16 aka Central School. Every Tuesday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. some of the best musicians in the Smithville and Bastrop County area get together to jam their favorite tunes. All accomplished players of all genres are welcome to sit in. Don’t play but are interested in listening – come join the fun. Block 16 is located at 400 Gresham. If you need directions or have any questions give Don a call at 512-560-0286.
Look ahead: SHEBANG! in Nocona at the Veranda Inn Events Center on Sept 13. The annual Tales 'n' Trails Museum fundraising event is noted for great food, comraderie, and a lively auction of donated items of all kinds.
Look ahead: September 18, 2014 - September 21, 2014 Bay City: Bay City Lion's Club Rice Festival Help thank all of our local rice farmers during our Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival. There will a parade, Rice Festival Queen's Pageant, a rice dish round-up competition, and a carnival for everyone to enjoy!
August 30, 2014
Matagorda: Day on the Bay Wetland Kayak Trip
Join in for a unique experience, enjoying tranquility and the nature at its finest in stunning Matagorda. Our guided wetland kayak tours accommodate all skill levels and provide paddling instructions for the beginner. This is a wonderful way tp relax and commune with nature. Come hang out with fish and birds for a day. Advanced reservations required. Trips capped at 15 people. Ages: Adults and children age 13 and older
Taste Woods Bar-B-Q in Wharton. Located at 1925 Medical Drive, open Tues-Sat from 11-7 and closed Sun & Mon. Brisket = Ribs = Chicken = Links = Ham = Turkey. Baked Potatos, Salads and homemade Desserts.
Elvis...That's the Way it Is in Point. Music review featuring Josh Davis, international award winning Elvis tribute artist. At the Cotton Pickin Theater in downtown Point, starts at 7pm. Tickets at the door $15. Special guest: Linda Shaddix.
Log Cabins & Heritage Center in Lexington is located in the center of town, and contains two circa 1850 log cabins furnished with pioneer furnishings and exhibits. Also a corncrib which stores 19th century tools and implements. Group tours by appointment are hosted by costumed docents with demonstrations of pioneer crafts.
Leon County Art Trail in Jewett This year there are 26 pieces of sculpture placed in front of businesses and in Eagle Scout Park along Main Street through Jewett. Nationally known sculpture artists vie for the opportunity to display their art and compete in the Leon County Art Trail annually.Pieces in the 2014 Leon County Art Trail are all available for sale.
The Chaparral Wildlife Management Area in Dimmit County is 15,200 acres of quality South Texas brush country (Tamaulipan scrub), is managed primarily for wildlife research and management; it is enclosed by a deer-proof fence. Principal game species under study include white-tailed deer, javelina, feral hogs, Northern Bobwhite, and Scaled Quail. Nongame animals include South Texas gopher tortoise, Texas horned lizard, and western diamondback rattlesnake. Birders are welcome from April 1 through August 31, but need to report to area headquarters upon arrival.
WWI Collection Added to History Center Website - Diboll. As part of the ongoing effort to make more collections available to off-site researchers via The History Center's website, staff has uploaded the Burtis Lawrence Collection to the collections area of the site.
Tejano band "El Conjunto Esperanza" and Featuring DJ "Mr. Leo" for a Dance Night on Saturday, August 16th in Cameron. Doors Open at 7:00pm and Tickets are only $10. The Auxiliary is also serving Taco Plates for $5. All Proceeds go to Local Charities and Youth Scholarships. Get your tickets before they sell out!
Saddlehorn Winery in Burton - a horse barn that has been converted into the tasting room, sits amongst the rolling hills on the out skirts of Burton. Try some of their estate grown Blanc du Bois and Black Spanish or one of the many other wines crafted at the Saddlehorn Winery.
Look ahead: 20th Anniversary Business Showcase & Taste of Brownwood - Sept 4 at the Brownwood Coliseum will be bigger than ever this year with 100 vendor spaces. From 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM the 8th Annual Taste of Brownwood will kick - off with local caterers and restaurants sharing their favorite menu items. Register Now!!
Split Second Piano Duo with Roberto Hidalgo and Marc Peloquin in Round Top at Festival Concert Hall on Aug 23. Works by Samuel Barber, Carlos Chavez, Astor Piazzolla, Frederic Rzweski, Allen Shawn & William Bolcom.