The Texas Rice Festival celebrates rice harvest every first weekend of October at the Winnie-Stowell Park in Winnie, Southeast Texas (about an hour away from Houston). Since 1969, the festival has been honoring and promoting rice farming as a major economic contributor in the region. Visitors come from all over Texas to enjoy food from various vendors, entertainment, and activities for the whole family.
The Rice Festival program stretches over several weekends and includes two parades, a carnival, a livestock show, an open horse show, a BBQ cook-off, pageants, an arts and crafts show, music and entertainment, an antique car show, a rice cooking contest, and food, food, lots of food. For the detailed program and updates, please, check the "External resources" section below.