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Clute July 2729, 2017
In most places, to be called mosquito legs would be considered an insult. But skinny stems are a prize-worthy commodity in Clute, home of this mosquito-loving festival (and its annual Mosquito Legs competition). The 37th annual event celebrates the summer nuisance in style with the help of Willie-Man-Chew, a 26-foot-tall mosquito dressed in a cowboy hat and boots, who greets thousands of visitors as they enter Clute Municipal Park. Festival organizerswho cleverly call themselves the Swat Teamplan three full days of events, including carnival rides, the mosquito chase (a 5K race), barbecue and fajita cookoffs, horseshoe and washer throwing tournaments, games, and live entertainment to cap off each evening from the likes of Jack Ingram, Rodney Atkins, the Spazmatics, and Parmalee.
Photo: Will van Overbeek
Parker County Peach Festival http://peachfestivaltx.com/
Weatherford July 8, 2017
Homemade peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach juleps, peach teayou can find it all at the Parker County Peach Festival in Weatherford July 8. The one-day event draws some 35,000 people to the city, named in 1991 by the state legislature as the Peach Capital of Texas, for a taste of summers juiciest crop. Stroll the streets of historic downtown Weatherford while enjoying more than 200 booths filled with arts and crafts, fair foods like funnel cake and turkey legs, and kids activities; live music; the Peach Pedal bike ride; and a Texas 42 domino tournament.
Photo: Michael Amador
Martindale July 2223, 2017
When the weather reaches triple digits, spend a weekend floating the lazy San Marcos River and enjoying one of the most unique music festivals in the state. The fourth annual Float Fest will take over Cool River Ranchs 220-acre riverfront property in Martindale. Campers are invited to check in a day early to ease congestion as people make their way in and out of townlast years event brought in an estimated 10,000 ticketholders. A supercharged lineup this year includes Weezer, MGMT, Passion Pit, and Texas-bred musicians like Neon Indian, Walker Lukens, and Wild Child.
Photo: Roger Ho
Also this month:
* *El Paso:* Ice Cream Festival http://icecreamfestep.com/ (July 2) * *Addison:* Kaboom Town! http://addisonkaboomtown.com/(July 3) * *Lampasas:* Spring Ho Festival http://www.springho.com/(July 39) * *Austin:* Willie Nelsons Fourth of July Picnic http://austin360amphitheater.com/events/2017-willie-nelsons-4th-of-july-picnic-presented-by-budweiser(July 4) * *Three Rivers:* Big Bang Salsa Fest http://bigbangsalsafest.com/(July 7) * *McDade:* Watermelon Festival http://www.mcdadetexas.com/(July 8) * *Alpine, Fort Davis, Marathon, Marfa:* Viva Big Bend http://vivabigbend.com/(July 2730) * *Longview:* Great Texas Balloon Race http://www.greattexasballoonrace.com/(July 2830)
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