FIESTAS AND FESTIVALS
Second Saturday in February
Houston County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 307
Crockett, Tx 75835
Lovelady celebrates Valentine's Day with this festival, which features
a parade, an arts and crafts fair, live local bands all day, and chili
and barbecue cook-offs. the celebration also includes a 42 domino tournament.
About 4,000 people attend this festival.
Charro Days Fiesta
Last Thursday in February through Sunday
Admission: Free to most events, but some balls cost $20 per couple
Charro Days Fiesta hearkens back to the old cowboy days of Mexico. The
charro was the original cowboy, forerunner of the Western American ranch
hand we know so well. Sombreros, chaps, spurs and lariats all originated
on the Mexican cattle ranch
Festivities begin officially with a grito, or yell, thursday afternoon
downtown. costumes play a major role in Charro Days, and you'll see people
in Mexican attire from various regions and time periods. You can enjoy
plenty of dances and dance performances, especially various Mexican styles.
Main attractions include the Grand International Parade, the Fiesta de
los Ninos, which means children's festival, and the youth parade.
There's plenty of free street entertainment, including a dance. Other attractions
include food booths, arts and crafts, and games.
Land of Leather Days
Last Weekend in February
Yoakum Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 591
Yokum, Tx 77995
The folks in the Leather Capital of the Southwest brave the unpredictable
weather of February to celebrate their main industry with a chili cook-off
in the charming streets of downtown Yoakum. It's just as likely to be warm
and sunny as it is cold and rainy.
Fourteen companies in Yoakum make leather products, and the festival usually
includes tours of one of the plants. you can shop in stores that sell leather
products made in Yoakum.
The festival features the Grungiest Boot and Hat Contest, a cow chip toss,
a beer can stack and a chili eating contest. There is also live music in
the afternoon, a dance, a rodeo, covered wagon rides and the Rawhide Golf
Tournament. You can usually watch a saddle making demonstration, and visit
the town's historical museum, which features exhibits on the leather industry.
Washington's Birthday Celebration
10 days late in February
Washington's Birthday Celebration Association, P.O. Box 816, Laredo, Tx.
Admission: fees to some events
Yes, the folks in Laredo really celebrate George Washington's Birthday,
and have done so since 1898. This is the nation's largest celebration in
honor of our first president.
The festival features 23 events, some serious, like the black tie Colonial
Ball, and some humorous and fun, like the Jalapeno Festival.
Two parades entertain visitors. The Grand national Parade consists of entries
from Mexico, the United States and Texas, and lasts up to four hours. The
youth Illuminated Parade features 10,000 students from area schools whose
lighted creations make a beautiful presentation.
a Taste of Los Dos Laredo's gives everyone a chance to sample some good
food. Other activities include a sock hop, a debutante presentation and
the Princess Pocahontas Western Gala. Held right after the Princess Pocahontas
Debutante Presentation, the gala features debutantes wearing their native
There is also a 5K run, a carnival, fireworks, and charro competition.
The Charreada, or Mexican style rodeo, consists of teams performing various
feats of horsemanship in a colorful presentation. The charros earn points
for their skills in roping, riding, steer felling and other events with
emphasis on style rather than speed.
The Jalapeno Festival features the famous waiter's race, wherein waiters
from both Texas and Mexico see who can reach the finish line first carrying
a tray with a glass of champagne and an open bottle. There's also a jalapeno