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South Texas Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi, TX

South Texas Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi, TX

The South Texas Wine & Herb Festival will be held this year at the South Texas Botanical Gardens on Saturday, October 16, from 9am – 5pm.
There will be a variety of seminars and demonstrations under the Rose Pavilion on the half hour by members of the Rockport Rose and Herb Study Group and other wine and herb enthusiasts.   Partnering with the Texas Department of Agriculture’s ‘Go Texan’ program, there will be wine tastings in the afternoon and cooking demos using Texas seafood. Vendors will be on site with potted herbs and other herb or wine-related merchandise.  Home Grown editor Judy Barrett will present her new book, “What Can I do with my Herbs?”.

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
8545 S. Staples St.
Corpus Christi, TX
Telephone #: 361/852-2100
Web Page: www.stxbot.org

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Happy Cows at Chaloupka Farm

Happy Cows at Chaloupka Farm

Chaloupka Farm consists of three generations of dairy farming in Lavaca County, dating back to 1947 when Ernest and Marcella Chaloupka began milking just three Jersey cows. They currently milk Jerseys, Holstein/Jersey crosses, and Holsteins, and are in the process of moving to a full Jersey herd.

Chaloupka Farm cows are fed a ration that includes home-grown feedstuffs such as hay, silage, greenchop—all that are fertilized with natural products.  The fresh raw milk they offer comes straight from a group of pure-bred Jerseys cows that are separate from the rest of the herd. Their milk is tested often by the Texas Department of State Health Services to ensure the highest quality of milk and contains no hormones or antibiotics.

The farm also runs a Farmers Market selling fresh garden produce, dairy products, jams and jellies, plants and more. You can pick up milk anytime – just call ahead to make sure someone will be here.

Corn Maze at Chaloupka Farm

Be sure to check out their  Rocky Creek Maze – 7 acres of corn with carved pathways creating a giant puzzle. They’ll show you the way in, and you find the way out!  Gates open on late September and close late November. Here’s a MAP .

Chaloupka Farm
Selling on Fridays from 5-8pm
784 County Road 251
Moulton, TX 77975

Please call for additional information:
361-596-7292 [or] 361-798-6131

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Cuero, TX :: 1908

In 1908 Cuero’s first turkey dressing house was opened and turkey raising began on a large scale on DeWitt County farms. Early in November the growers would herd their turkeys down country roads and through the city streets to the packing house.

Visitors in town would marvel at the sight. They enthusiastically expressed their interest to local citizens and year by year the number of visitors who came to Cuero to watch the turkey drives grew.

In 1912 a group of businessmen in the Chamber of Commerce, sensing the interest of these visitors and wishing to encourage turkey raising and to advertise South Texas turkeys, decided to start a celebration with a turkey drive down the city’s main streets as the main feature. A popular dance at that time was the “Turkey Trot” and this name was adopted for the event.

The original “Turkey Trot” and all future “Trots” proved highly successful. Newsmen, cameramen, magazine writers and thousands of spectators flocked to Cuero each time the celebration was staged. As many as 20,000 live strutting turkeys has appeared in the line of march.

In 1973 a group of Cuero citizens decided to add to the Cuero Turkey Trot. A full South Texas spectra of turkey based foods recipes, carnivals, gala parades, free mall areas in the downtown streets, continuous live entertainment, home tours, street dances, arts and crafts, in additions to a “herd” of wild turkeys parading down the streets all climaxed with the “Great Gobbler Gallop”.
This final event is an annual turkey race between the cities of Worthington, Minnesota and Cuero. A two-heat race – one heat in each town each year – the best time of the two races determines the winner. The prize being a four foot trophy, “The Traveling Turkey Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph” and the title of the “World’s Fastest Turkey.”

The event is most successful bringing thousands of people into Cuero for the annual three day event which is now called Cuero Turkeyfest. The event is held each year on the second weekend in October.

38th Annual Cuero Turkeyfest will be held on October 8-10!

CUERO TURKEYFEST ASSOCIATION
124 E. Church Street
Cuero, Texas 77954
(361) 275-2112
http://www.turkeyfest.org/

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