As summer draws to a close, Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching for one last chance of relaxation before heading back to the busy school or work schedule. To help you to best spend this time, here are five fun-filled events in central Texas:
This year marks the 41st annual Oatmeal Festival in Bertram, Texas. The festival runs from August 31st through September 1st and is full of family-friendly events. The schedule includes the Miss Oatmeal Pageant, the Grand Parade, and the “Run for Your Oats” 5K race. On September 1st there will also be a street dance featuring Jarrod Birmingham with opener, Drew Moreland and the Neon Hustle. More information on their website http://oatmealfestival.org.
World Championship BBQ Goat Cookoff
This cookoff with traditions tracing back to 1974 is sure to make your day. With over 200 cook teams and almost 10,000 attendees from all over Texas, this event also includes various activities such as Texas beer and wine tasting, arts & crafts fair, children’s games and activities, a Goat Gallop fun run, a Horseshoe & Washer pitching tournament. There will be live entertainment throughout the event, with artists such as Joe Wolfe, Cooper Wade, Casey Donahew, the Shotgun Rider, and Jason Boland & The Stragglers. Lasting from August 31st to September 2nd, it’s going to be a great time for the entire family. Check them out at http://www.worldchampionshipgoatcookoff.com.
The Westfest is an annual festival held every Labor Day Weekend in West, Texas that celebrates the local Czech heritage and culture. The festival has since its start raised over $1 million for the local community. The festival is filled with exciting events such as traditional dance performances, a Polka Mass, a Parade of Costumes, and more. The event also includes authentic Czech foods and drinks, and various contests such as Horseshoe Pitching, Washer Pitching, Kolache Eating, and Miss Westfest. For the live music line-up and more information, visit https://westfest.com.
The USO Style Hanger Dance will take place in the Hanger Hotel, in Fredericksburg, TX on September 1st. From 7-11pm, attendees will enjoy a time of swing dancing and live music by Bill Smallwood and the Lonestar Swing Orchestra. In addition, there will also be a 1940’s costume contest with various prizes. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be to benefit USO Fort Hood. To purchase tickets or for more information, call at (830) 997-9990.
Central Texas State Fair
With live music and entertainment, PBR Rodeo, and exciting rides, games, and attractions, the Central Texas State Fair is truly a place where families can make memories and begin special traditions. The event is located at the Bell County Expo Center in beautiful Belton, TX. More information on the fair can be found online at https://centraltexasstatefair.com.