SAN ANTONIA – Summer heat on us Texans, but there are ways to have fun outside.

And you can thank the small towns of Texas for that, because they have some of the coolest festivals and rodeos planned.

For example, there are three watermelon festivals in Central Texas, and they include fun festivities such as seed-spitting competitions and melon-eating.

Of course, this oddity does not stop there. In Holland, corn is also beaten, in Jacksonville, tomatoes are peeled, and in Pecas, a wild cow is milked.

So don’t let the heat stop you; take a few summer trips to these Lone Star festivals.

  • Orange Pass Shrimpuri: Shrimpuri will take place on June 10-12 this year will feature live music from Ramon Ayala and Pat Green. The Texas Showdown Dance Competition will take place on the last day of the festival. Click here for more information.
  • Blanca Lavender Festival: On June 10-12, the festival will feature a market, live music and access to the first commercial lavender farm in Texas. Regional wines and local beers will also be available. Click here for more information.

  • Fredericksburg Cancer Festival: The Fredericksburg Jaycees will host the festival on Remembrance Day weekend. In addition to crayfish, the festival features live music and arts and crafts. It will happen on May 27-29 and will feature Josh Ward and Kyle Park. Click here for more information.
  • Luling Watermelon Strike: This year in Luling, a town about 20 minutes northeast of Seguin, is the 69th watermelon. It will be held June 23-26 and includes parade, car show, carnival and vendors. As in the title, the main focus here is on watermelons: activities include seed-spitting competitions, melon-eating competitions and melon judging competitions. This year’s artists include Wade Bowen and La Energia Nortena. Click here for more information.
  • Dutch Corn Festival: The 48th annual Dutch Corn Festival is taking place June 16-18. It includes 5K, a corn hole tournament, and competitions on corn cleaning, eating and rolling. There is also a competition for spitting corn seeds. Holland is located south of Temple. Click here for more information.
  • Jacksonville Tomato Festival: The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will host the 38th annual Tomato Fest June 11th. It will host competitions in nutrition, cleaning and packaging, as well as talent shows. Click here for more information.
  • McDade Watermelon Festival: The 73rd watermelon festival will take place July 9th. It includes parade, arts and crafts, contest, 5K, melon auction and melon eating contest. There is also a rodeo with a mower. Click here for more information.
  • Strawberry Festival in Pasadena: If you missed the Poteet Strawberry Festival, in Texas this month you need to visit another berry festival. The Pasadena Strawberry Festival is taking place May 20-22. Casey Donahue and Tracy Byrd will perform, as well as car shows, carnival, competition, mud volleyball and lamb. Click here for more information.
  • Parker County Peach Festival: The next peach festival is planned July 9th. It will include live music, children’s activities, a rodeo at the Peach Pedal Bike Rodeo and a domino tournament. Click here for more information.
  • Stockdale Watermelon Anniversary: Founded in 1937, the watermelon anniversary in Stockdale is always held on the third weekend of June. So will this year’s festival June 16-18. It includes rodeos, parades, car shows, concerts and other events. This year’s performers are Shenandoah, Colby Cooper and Chad Cooke Band. Click here for more information.
  • Stonewall Peach JAMboree: The 61st annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree will take place June 16-18. It includes competitions in baking, canning and salsa, as well as competitions in eating peaches and spitting out peach pits. Also on the weekend will be rodeos, competitions and lamb. Click here for more information.
  • Uwalde Honey Festival: There will be a honey festival June 10-11 in the center of Uwalde. It will include shopping, baking, hat competition and street dancing. 5K is also scheduled for this Saturday. Click here for more information.
  • West of Rodeo Pecas: The rodeo, dubbed the “home of the world’s first rodeo”, will take place in Pecas June 21-25. Aside from typical events such as wrestling and bullfighting, the rodeo also includes skins races, wild cow milking and skirmishes. Racing in skins involves a rider on a horse pulling someone on skins. Then the rider rushes to the finish line, and wins the one who has the fastest. Click here for more information.

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