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 fourth weekend in September. The event, currently in its 43rd 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, and Live Music Street Dances with Jimmy & the Jokers and Al White & The Chaparral will be held September 28, through September 29, 2012. 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, Oct. 3, 2012 include Wright’s Amusement Carnival, vendor booths; 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.
The Texas Rice Festival Treasure Hunt, sponsored by Vac-Serv, started on Monday, Sept. 24.  Clues will be published everyday at 6 p.m. on the Texas Rice Festival Facebook page.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, opening night features entertainment by Josh Ward Band, Cody Johnson, and Kyle Park.  The first 1000 paid adults receive a special designed T-shirt sponsored by Orange County Building Materials, Neches Federal Credit Union and $2.49 Cleaners.
Thursday, Oct. 4 will begin with Katie & The Draw, Aaron Watson, and end with Easton Corbin.
Friday, Oct. 5, is Youth Day, sponsored by Douget’s Rice Mill.  The park opens at 9am and is free admission for kids 18 and under until 5 p.m.  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 Charles Thibodeaux & The Austin Cajun Aces, then Louisiana’s own L’Angelus, and closing the evening is Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun.
Saturday, October 6th, is a full day of family fun!  It is a harvest celebration featuring non-stop entertainment beginning with the Grand Parade followed by Opening Ceremonies.  Saturday’s entertainers will begin with Champagne Room followed by 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 Bruce Robison and Charlie Robison.  The performance by Bag of Donuts will conclude the 2012 festival.  So come on out and enjoy the great food and entertainment offered by the Texas Rice Festival.
Advanced Admission Tickets for are available at any Texas Market Basket Store.  For more information on ticket prices please visit the Texas Rice Festival website at
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 at 832-2027 or check out our web site
The Texas Rice Festival is sponsored by Budweiser, Douguets Rice, Phillpot Motors, Market Basket, Chambers County, GulfCo Industrial Equipment, Whataburger, and Miller Lite.

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