Just about everyone looks forward to a great East Texas fall and I if I were a bettin' man, I would say WE ALL are looking forward to it, mainly for the cooler weather.  The 100* temps we've been experiencing for the last couple of months will hopefully be a distant memory and we'll be having fun at all the fairs and festivals that will be coming to East Texas.  We'll be having fun hanging with friends and riding some really great rides and gorging ourselves on fantastic fair food!  Here's what we can look forward to this fall:

  • Jerry Fiori, greggcountyfair.com

    Gregg County Fair

    Friday, September 9th thru Saturday, September 17th Gregg County Fair Grounds - 1123 Jaycee Dr. Longview, TX  75604 -- Open nightly 6p - 4p (except on weekends open at 4p)

    What to expect at the 62nd annual Gregg County Fair:

    There are special ride armband nights that range from $1.00 per ride to unlimited rides with one price.  All shows are free with your paid admission and include a petting zoo, the Miss Gregg County pageant, swine races, magic shows, bands and more.

    There will be plenty of corn dogs and cotton candy on hand with your chance to experience a ton of stomach churning rides!

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    East Texas State Fair

    Thursday, September 22nd thru Sunday, October 2nd East Texas Fair Grounds - 2112 West Front St. Tyler, TX  75702 Open daily 10a - 11p (except Saturday & Sunday 10a - 12m)

    What to expect at the 96th annual East Texas State Fair:

    East Texans look forward to the longest running fair in East Texas.  The East Texas Fair offers something for everyone in the family - there are rides, plenty of food and shows for every age.

    Shows this year include a sea lion show, pig races, animal petting zoo and sand sculpting.  The midway is filled with all kinds of rides from the traditional merry-go-round to the thrilling ride called the Freak Out to a log flume ride.  There are specials that will run throughout the fair on ride tickets including arm band nights which will allow you to ride as many rides as you can for one low price.

    Of course there's entertainment on the concert stage which includes performances from Truffula Tree, Tejas Brothers, the Bellamy Brothers and more.  Also have fun consuming your share of fried oreo's, corn dogs, cotton candy, smoked turkey legs and more!

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    East Texas Yamboree

    Wednesday, October 19th thru Saturday, October 22ndCourthouse Square  Gilmer, TXActivities planned daily 9a - 11p

    What to expect at the 74th annual East Texas Yamboree

    The East Texas Yamboree celebrates that yam!  Year after year thousand flock to downtown Gilmer to celebrate this vegetable.  It is celebrated with a carnival, Queen's Coronation Pageant and parade, livestock show and a barn dance.  There's also entertainment on the stage from rising stars right here in East Texas.

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    Fire Ant Festival

    Saturday, October 8thW. Austin St. & W. Rusk St. Marshall, TX

    What to expect at this year's Fire Ant Festival:

    It's one of the most unique festivals hosted in East Texas!  Marshall celebrates the things that most homeowners want to kill and out of their yard - the fire ant!  In addition to its unique name there are some pretty zany contests that go along with this festival, including, a fire ant calling contest, rubber chicken chunking, gurning (ugly face making contest, a diaper derby and a men's Crazy Legs contest.

    There is also a bike ride called the Tour de Fire Ant that includes a 100k, 10-mile to 45-mile bike ride.  You can raise your heart rate in the Six Feet in the Street 5k or participate in the 42 tournament.

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    Syrup Festival

    Saturday, November 12thdowntown Henderson, TX9a - 5p

    What to expect at this year's Syrup Festival in Henderson:

    The tradition of making ribbon cane syrup is celebrated each year in Henderson for the Annual Heritage Syrup Festival.  One of the highlights is the syrup making demonstration on the grounds of the Depot Museum, where they operate and produce old fashioned cane syrup using antique equipment that is powered by mules.

    In addition there are all kinds of art demonstrations, food vendors, folk singers, a petting zoo and live entertainment on the main stage.