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Matagorda Bay, TX, oyster house of P.E. Bell, 1905.

The Fulton Volunteer Fire Department presents the 31st Annual Oysterfest, a salute to the tasty bi-valve found in our local waters. Oysterfest officials have been working with seafood sources along the Texas Gulf Coast to locate the freshest oysters and other seafood for the event. Oysterfest proceeds are the major source of funding for life-saving and fire fighting equipment in the community and funds raised this year will be used to pay for a new Tanker Truck.

The 2010 festival is scheduled for Thursday, March 4th – Sunday, March 7th, and features carnival rides, games, food, an oyster eating contest, and live music. With over 35,000 visitors in 2009, even more are expected for this year’s Fulton Oysterfest festival.

Thursday  $1 Gate Admission.  Fri-Sat-Sun – $3 Per Person (12 yrs and up).  Carnival Open Thurs, Fri & Sat   ’til ?  Sunday closes at 6:00 p.m. Free Bus pickup to festival grounds and trolleys will run the streets of Fulton.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier – San Antonio Chapter is proud to announce the Second Annual International Olive Festival of Texas 2010 on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The festival will be held at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard located at 25195 Mathis Rd., off of I 37, near Elmendorf, Texas 78112.  (For directions, click here).

Everyone is invited to enjoy numerous vendors, gourmet food and Texas wine concessions, cooking demonstrations, health and nutrition seminars, entertainment and an olive buffet featuring olives from around the world to sample and compare.

Admission $10 at the Gate. Advance Tickets Also Available at San Antonio Area H-E-B Stores

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Thanks to Paris Permenter and John Bigley (http://www.texastripper.com) for this well-written and entertaining overview of the annual Onion Fest in Weslaco, TX.

Lovin Onions in Weslaco, TX

Lovin' Onions in Weslaco, TX

 

Where: Weslaco City Park at 300 North Airport Drive in Weslaco, Texas.

When: late March, early April (check website for updates)

Why: An annual, one-day ode to the 1015 sweet onion makes for a sweet treat for the 26,935 residents of this Hidalgo County town.

 Entertainment: As mariachi music plays, crowds will clap for the rhythmic clip-clop of The Andalusian and Azteca dancing horses. Honoring a proud Hispanic heritage, charro riders in traditional “trajes” take the purebred Spanish horses through their paces, while Escaramuzas perform sidesaddle, demonstrating the elegance of the equine sport.

From country crooners to lively mariachi melodies, soul-stirring gospel to pulsating Latin beats, musical notes will mingle in the air with the spicy aroma of onion blossoms as live musical acts perform on two stages throughout the day.

Events: Wii generation gamers can jam like Jimi Hendrix as they simulate playing a six-string during Guitar Hero III or pretend to be Pikachu, Mario, Link or another Nintendo character during a combative round of Super Smash Brothers, two of the tournaments being held at the Internet Cafe.

The Escaramuza troupe (all female riders,) perform at Onion Fest. The legend of the Escaramuzas began during the Mexican Revolution when women on horseback would follow soldiers, carrying supplies.

The Escaramuza troupe (all female riders,) perform at Onion Fest. The legend of the Escaramuzas began during the Mexican Revolution when women on horseback would follow soldiers, carrying supplies.

Win or lose, participants will have tears streaming down their faces at the conclusion of the onion-eating contest. Four categories– youth, adult, senior and celebrity, will compete for prizes in this event.

If the sight of award-winning appetizers and main courses inspire you to concoct your own culinary creations, stock up on supplies at the Farmer’s Market, where vendors sell vegetables and fruit along with jellies and jams. If have a hankering for tried and true festival food, head over to the food vendors for a corn dog, taco, and of course, an awesome blossom.

The sparkle of a silver necklace or the sight of a bluebonnet painting draws visitors into the Arts & Crafts tent, where the array of books, CDs, artwork and ornaments on sale make a lasting souvenir of your day at the festival.

Children’s Activities: The imaginations of little sprouts can blossom with the array of activities offered at the Knapp Medical Family Area, while energetic imps can shoot down an inflatable slide or ride a Ferris wheel just their size, or tackle a rock climbing wall.

For more information: www.weslaco.com
Photos courtesy Weslaco Chamber of Commerce

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