Let’s raise a glass of ice-cold something to toast the magic and the traditions of fairs and festivals in Fayette County. There is a distinct charm to the large community gatherings that are often championed by volunteers with an inexhaustible passion for our piece of small town America.

Cheers to the laborers and planners and visionaries with the fortitude to light up sprawling fairgrounds and midways, to stand over huge vats of sizzling fried chicken and to plan parade routes for young girls who get to be queens for a day.

We’re talking all about the fabulous Fayette County Fair, the Schulenburg Festival and more.

Shake, rattle, roll and feast.

The Schulenburg Festival at Wolters Park in Schulenburg boasts a huge parade, a rodeo, live entertainment, a chili cookoff, the Jackpot Bloody Mary Contest and a fun run. Put it in your calendar now because it runs August 3rd through the 6th. Directions are here. We recommend you check in for the weekend to the fabulous Klekar-Gin Farm, sitting on over 100 acres.

Carmine’s 3rd Annual Shake, Rattle and Roll Casino Awards Night is on Saturday, August 12th. A $12 ticket includes appetizers, chicken-fried steak, dessert and casino chips. Come on the 12th and go here to plan on staying overnight. Select alphabetically by “city” and choose Carmine.

The 162nd Praha Parish Picnic, the Praha – Prazska – Pout on August 15th is as far removed from the standard picnic as you can get. Over 12,000 pieces of fried chicken are served that day, along with who knows how many servings of mouth watering, traditional Czech stew. The music line up includes bands like The Czechaholics and The Moravians. This fundraiser for St. Mary’s Catholic Church takes place in Flatonia, Texas.

Best bling buyin’, band playin’, boot scootin’ festival ever.

Finally, here’s to a small-town-boot-scootin-turkey-leg-eatin’-bling buyin’ county fair that’s got so much going on. This can’t-miss event earns an attendance of around 50,000. Local folks and area visitors treat themselves to the Fayette County Fair to revel in the Labor Day holiday.

This annual celebration is a sweet slice of summer that began back in 1927. It kicks off August 31st and, as a friend of ours described it, it’s “the State Fair in a jar.” It’s got everything.  Check out the concert line up. Can you say Kevin Fowler and Clay Walker? ZZ Top headlined last year. Big name bands start around 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. Other bands will start in the late afternoon. For those sassy, boot scootin’ peeps, get your boots shined. Dancing kicks off about 6:00.

The parade is not to be missed. None of it is to be missed.

There are cattle shows, a carnival, clothes, jewelry, furniture, water features and quilts. And the food includes: fried chicken, Mexican food, barbeque, pizza, pickles, corn dogs, turkey legs and fried cheesecake. And the kids will have plenty of special treats. Rumor has it that a certain Rotary Club cooks hamburgers that are so fine, there’s a 30-minute line.

Before you go, if you know what’s good for you (we did just say that), review the directions and parking information because while it’s free, you’ve got a few things to know about when and where and the shuttle in the square. And we’ve told you all about places to stay in La Grangebefore. It’s so much easier to just join us for the weekend!

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To all the urban sophisticates out there, hospitality here takes on a whole new meaning. We don’t know much about the lazy days of summer because we’re working pretty hard to open our doors to good old-fashioned fun, and you.

Fayette County. Come experience everything.

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