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September & October
September
Greenville
Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark
What:
Splash Kingdom's newest water park is located directly off Interstate 30 in Greenville, TX. The Greenville version pays homage to the city’s long history in aviation by being airplane themed, and is known as Splash Kingdom Air Patrol. With multiple water slides, a wave pool, lazy river, and children’s area, Splash Kingdom provides a way for everyone to have a cool day in the hot Texas sun!
Where:
5505 I-30, Greenville
Admission:
Multiple ticket options, Contact for details
Contact:
September
TYLER
Downtown Tyler Film Festival
What:
Downtown Tyler Film Festival is a celebration of storytelling through film in East Texas. We accept and show short films from all around the world.
Where:
Liberty Hall Theater, 110 West Erwin Street in Downtown Tyler.
Admission:
Weeknights $5; Saturday Best-of-Fest $15; All-Inclusive Pass $25
Contact:
Tyler Film Festival at 903-593-6905
September 9 - 17
LONGVIEW
67th Annual Gregg County Fair & Expo
What:
The Longview Jaycees present a week-long, old-fashioned country fair with carnival rides, games, exhibits...and plenty of food and a new Ride Extravaganza, Sept. 5th and 6th. Ride Extravaganza is carnival side only with no admission. Hours are 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12:00 noon through 11:00 p.m. Saturday. The Exhibit Building will display a large variety of product and service booths from area merchants and organizations. Outside Exhibitors include a large variety of food vendors and novelties of all types. Carnival rides. Free nightly entertainment.
Where:
The Gregg County Fairgrounds, 1123 Jaycee Dr.
Admission:
Fair General Admission is $5.00. Children 6 and under are FREE. Senior Adults will be admitted FREE each day. Coupons or armbands available.
Contact:
September 16
PALESTINE
Moonlight Special Dinner Train
What:
Enjoy a vintage dining-by-rail experience under a full moon.
Where:
Palestine Depot
Admission:
Contact:
Texas State Railroad (877-726-7245) www.texasstaterr.com
September 16 -17
GREENVILLE
Rally ‘Round Greenville Festival
What:
This annual weekend festival converts historic Downtown Greenville into a haven of fun, food , and entertainment. Visitors will enjoy lots of live music, dances, hand-crafted items from local vendors, and of course - great festival food! There’s even a special children’s zone filled with activities and wine tasting for the adults. And for the bike rider, don’t miss the Cotton Patch Challenge Bike Race!
Where:
Downtown Greenville
Admission:
Free, Entry Fee for Bike Race
Contact:
September 16 & 17
MARSHALL
Jeans N’ Classics
What:
Symphonic Celebration for all ages.
Where:
Downtown Marshall
Admission:
Varies
Contact:
Marshall Arts Council,www.marshallartscouncil.org, Joyce Weeky (903) 935-4484
September 17 and 23 & 24
COMMERCE
Miss Bois d’Arc Pageant & 31st Annual Bois d’Arc Bash
What:
Miss Bois d’Arc Pageant ( Sept 17 ), Youth scholarship pageant for girls 0-18+ with entrants from all over northeast Texas and Oklahoma. Opportunity for overall winners to advance to Miss Hunt County and Little Texas Stars pageants. Location to be determined. Registration fees for contestants, small entrance fee for spectators. 25th Annual Golf Tournament ( Sept 23 tentative date ), 6-person Florida Scramble, lunch, raffle prizes, putting contest, hole-in-one contest. Sand Hills Country Club; Entry fees: $390/team ($65/player) Subject to change. Putting contest, hole-in-one contest. 31st Annual Bois d’Arc Bash ( Sept 23 & 24, 4th weekend in Sept ), Annual festival celebrating Commerce’s heritage as the Bois d’Arc Capital of Texas. Over 100 vendors providing food, arts & crafts, jewelry, & information. Carnival on Friday & Saturday. BBQ supper on Friday night. Live music Friday night and all day Saturday. Parade on Saturday morning. Other attractions for children & adults of all ages, wine tasting, pancake breakfast, & a 5K run/walk.
Where:
On the square in downtown Commerce
Admission:
Fees for 5K, wine tasting, carnival. No entrance fee for Bash.
Contact:
Commerce Chamber of Commerce (903) 886-3950, info@commerce-chamber.com
September 17 & 18
GLADEWATER
42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
What:
Outdoor arts & crafts event in East Texas. Artwork in all media, woodcraft, ceramics, dolls, needlework and jewelry.
Where:
Broadway School Campus, 200 E. Broadwayr
Admission:
Free
Contact:
Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, (903) 845-5501,www.artsandcraftsfestival.com info@gladewaterchamber.org
September 21 - 24
CLARKSVILLE - RED RIVER COUNTY
Red River County Fair
What:
Annual county fair featuring live entertainment, local food booths, displays of local crafters, produce exhibits, livestock and a midway with carnival rides. The annual Stew Cook Off, held as a fund raising event for the fair, will be on September 10, 2016.
Where:
Fairgrounds at American Legion Park on US 82 Bus. East
Admission:
Fair is free. Stew Cook Off - $5.00
Contact:
County Extension Agent – (903) 427-3868
September 23 - October 2
TYLER
East Texas State Fair
What:
The fairgrounds explode with midway games, carnival rides, livestock exposition, consumer show, great food and much more for the whole family.
Where:
East Texas State Fair Grounds
Admission:
Admission Fee/Fee for parking
Contact:
East Texas State Fair, (903) 597-2501,www.etstatefair.com
September 24
ATHENS
Outdoor Expo and Blue Gill Family Fishing Festival
What:
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center hosts a fun-filled day at the Outdoor Expo and Bluegill Family Fishing Festival. Learn a variety of outdoor skills and engage in activities such as archery, fishing and kayaking at the Outdoor Expo. Members of the various divisions of Texas Parks & Wildlife and representatives of conservation groups and outdoor businesses will lead hands-on activities that will make you a better camper, angler and hunter. Compete in the family fishing tournament and win some great prizes trying to catch the biggest Bluegill at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and on Lake Athens.
Where:
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 5550 FM 2495
Admission:
Free after 5 p.m.
Contact:
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 903-676-2277, www.AthensTX.org
September 24
LONGVIEW
Neal McCoy & Friends Benefit Concert
What:
Country singer and Longview resident, Neal McCoy and his celebrity friends give this concert at 7:00pm to raise money which provides assistance to children with serious illnesses.
Where:
S.E. Belcher Center, 2100 South Mobberly
Admission:
FREE
Contact:
903-233-3080 or www.BelcherCenter.com
September 24
MINEOLA
Lake Country Classic Car Show
What:
“Largest Car Show in East Texas”, Live Entertainment starts at 9:00 am, Food & Craft Booths
Where:
Mineola Civic Center
Admission:
FREE
Contact:
Larry Barnes - 903-850-3858,www.mccrvpark.com
September 28 - October 1
MOUNT PLEASANT
Titus County Fair
What:
An old fashioned county fair featuring carnival rides, food, photography & talent contests, exhibits and outstanding entertainment.
Where:
Mount Pleasant Civic Center & Fairgrounds – 1800 N. Jefferson
Admission:
$4 Admission; $1 Parking
Contact:
(903) 577-8117, www.tituscountyfair.com
October TBD
GREENVILLE
3rd Annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest
What:
Bows up, chin down and spirits soaring! The Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest returns for its third annual celebration that will transform downtown Greenville, Texas into Western Swing Central for 3 days in Oct. In addition to the 2-day Fiddle Contest, visitors can also enjoy many outdoor musical performances, a Western Swing Dance, home-grown vendors, and a concert featuring a major Country Music Headliner!
Where:
Downtown Greenville
Admission:
Free, headliner concert will require paid tickets
Contact:
October
GREENVILLE
The Haunted Landmark
What:
Every Friday and Saturday night in October, the historic Landmark on Lee Street is taken over by spirits, ghouls, and the undead to become The Haunted Landmark walk-thru attraction. Enter only if you dare and be prepared to scream your way through the terror. All profits from this attraction are put back into the community by way of charity projects and scholarships.
Where:
Downtown Greenville, corner of Lee Street and King Street
Admission:
Paid ticket required
Contact:
October
LONGVIEW
Harvest Festival Livestock Show
What:
This October event features the largest show of its kind in East Texas. The Texas Cooperative Extension Office junior livestock show, judging and sale is the highlight of the year for area 4H and FFA members. The annual October event spans Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Check website for event date details.
Where:
Ag Pavillion at the Gregg County Fairgrounds, 1123 Jaycee Dr.
Admission:
Free admission.
Contact:
www.VisitLongviewTexas.com at (903) 753-3281
October
STATEWIDE - TEXAS
Fall for Parks
What:
Fall is a great time to visit a Texas State Park. In addition to the best camping weather of the year, parks are filled with special events celebrating fall and harvest..
Where:
At state parks throughout Northeast Texas and around the state
Admission:
Varies by location
Contact:
October
TYLER
Rose Season featuring Texas Rose Festival
What:
Each October thousands of visitors flock to Tyler for the excitement and pageantry of the Texas Rose Festival, which will be held Oct. 13-16, 2016. Tyler also celebrates Rose Season for the entire month, with a variety of activities that range from family fun to educational and cultural events. We welcome you to enjoy all Tyler has to offer during this special season.
Where:
Citywide
Admission:
Paid admission required to some events
Contact:
October 1
CLARKSVILLE - RED RIVER COUNTY
37th Annual Red River County Historical Society Fall Bazaar and 11th Annual Rotary Duck Race
What:
37th Annual Red River County Historical Society Fall Bazaar and 11th Annual Rotary Duck Race. Musical entertainment all day.
Where:
On the grounds of Historic County Courthouse, Clarksville, TX.
Admission:
Free
Contact:
Jim Clark, (903) 427-2266, Donna Robinson (903) 427-0689
October 1
DENISON
Main Street Fall Festival
What:
Over 200 vendors, multiple stages of live music, antique car show, Kustom Kemps car show, children's activities, carnival and more.
Where:
Downtown Denison
Admission:
Contact:
Denison Chamber of Commerce, (903) 465.1551, information@denisontexas.us, www.denisontexas.us
October 6 - 8
CENTER - SHELBY COUNTY
40th East Texas Poultry Festival
What:
40th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival saluting the poultry industry. Arts & Crafts, 3 day carnival, photography show, quilt show, live entertainment, poultry judging and auction. Where: Downtown Historic Center Square
Where:
Downtown Historic Center Square
Admission:
$5.00 for all three days
Contact:
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, (936) 598-3682,info@shelbycountychamber.comwww.shelbycountychamber.com
October 7 & 8 (Fri & Sat)
MINEOLA
The Mineola League of the Arts Annual Quilt Show
What:
Annual Quilt Show
Where:
MLOTA 200 West Blair
Admission:
Adults: $3.00, Seniors $2.00, Students $1.00 children under 6 free.
Contact:
Mineola League of the Arts, (903) 569-8877, www.mlota.org
October 8
CANTON
Canton Main Street Autumn Festival
What:
16th Annual Autumn Stroll Festival. Live Music, Street Vendors & Food, Arts/Crafts, Children’s Game Area, Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sales, Prize Drawings, Raffles, Silent Auction and Downtown Window Decorating Contest
Where:
Canton, Texas Downtown N. Buffalo Street off U.S. Hwy 64
Admission:
Free
Contact:
Tam Erwin, (903) 567-1849, 1-877-462-7467 or terwin@cantontex.com , www.visitcantontx.com
October 8
CARTHAGE
East Texas Oil & Gas Blast
What:
Free entertainment, children's activities, craft vendors, classic car show, all new teen area, Halloween costume contest and cake baking contest are just a few of the things that happen at the ET Oil & Gas Blast. Come enjoy the fall air on the 2nd Saturday in October from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Where:
Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop
Admission:
FREE!
Contact:
City of Carthage, (903) 693-3868 or Chamber of Commerce (903) 693-6634 - www.carthagetexas.com
October 8
LINDALE
Lindale Chamber Countryfest/ Shrine Bullfest/Crossroads Classic Car Show
What:
Lindale Chamber Countryfest/Shrine Bullfest/Crossroads Classic Car Show
Where:
Picker’s Pavilion 205 E. North Street and Lindale Rodeo Arena on FM16 W.
Admission:
Call for pricing, Registration Fee for Cars, Free for Public
Contact:
Lindale Chamber of Commerce, (903) 882-7181, info@lindalechamber.org or www.lindalechamber.org
October 8
MARSHALL
Fire Ant Festival
What:
Fire Ant Parade, Tour De Fire Ant Bike Ride, Arts & Craft Fair, Entertainment, Wild and Zany contest, kids area, 5k Run, Baby Diaper Derby
Where:
Washington District, Downtown Marshall
Admission:
Contact:
Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce, www.MarshallTexas.com, Connie Fugler (903) 935-7868
October 8
MOUNT PLEASANT
Everything Texas Uncorked Ranch Run & Wine Festival
What:
Join us for Everything Texas Uncorked on the legendary Priefert Ranch! The Ranch Run includes a 15k, 5k and 1k. Follow the unique course that winds the beautiful ranch setting. The wine festival features Texas wineries at their finest!
Where:
Priefert Ranch
Admission:
Race Registration and Wine Festival Admission
Contact:
Mount Pleasant/Titus County Chamber of Commerce: (903) 572-8567,www.mtpleasanttx.com or info@mtpleasanttx.com
October 10
ATHENS
East Texas Arboretum Fall Festival
What:
Celebrating the end of summer and beginning of fall, the East Texas Arboretum’s Fall Festival features children’s activities, entertainment, vendors, a dog show, art show and more.
Where:
East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, 1601 Patterson Rd.
Admission:
Contact:
East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, 903-675-5630, www.AthensTX.org
October 13 - 15
HENDERSON
23rd Annual Rusk County Rodeo
What:
PRCA Series Rodeo - bull riding, barrel racing, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team roping and calf scramble.
Where:
Rusk County Expo Center 3303 FM 13W.
Admission:
$10.00 Adults, $5.00 children 6-12, children under 6 free. Rodeo starts at 7:30pm nightly
Contact:
Rodeo Hotline – Boot Barn – (903) 657-3699 or City of Henderson Dept. of Tourism 866-650-5529; www.visithendersontx.com
October 19 - 22
GLIMER
79th East Texas Yamboree Festival
What:
Queen's Coronation, carnival, 2 parades, street & barn dance, gospel music, car show, fiddler's contest, exhibits, livestock show and sale, arts/crafts & much more.
Where:
Gilmer, TX
Admission:
Fees Vary
Contact:
East Texas Yamboree Association, (903) 843-2413, www.yamboree.com
October 22
PARIS
City of Paris 16th Annual "Festival of Pumpkins"
What:
An area favorite with live music, great food, over 100 vendors, contests for children and adults, haunted theater, pet parade, games for children, and much, much more!
Where:
Historic Downtown Paris
Admission:
Contact:
Cheri Bedford at (903)-784-9293, www.festivalofpumpkins.com
October 29 (Sat)
MINEOLA
Ironhorse Fest & Car Show & 5K Run
What:
Arts & Crafts, food, car show and more
Where:
Downtown Historic Mineola
Admission:
Free
Contact:
Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc., (903) 569-2087 www.mineolachamber.org
 
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Mineola Nature Preserve BigFoot Paddling Trail
MINEOLA
sulphur springs
Mineola Nature Preserve with our new BigFoot Paddling Trail along the Sabine River, hiking, bicycling, equestrian trails, bird watching & Wildlife Viewing areas ETC. 
Always open 7 days a week from sun up to sun down.  We also have a new Amphitheatre & Pavilion for rent. Several fishing ponds, Camping Rental for Primitive and Full RV Hook-ups along with Horse pins are available for a small fee and reservation through the City Of Mineola at 903-569-6184 or 569-6983.  Several fishing ponds
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First Monday Trade Days
CANTON
canton texas
The world's largest outdoor trade days takes place Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of every month in Canton, Texas. Every month, thousands of vendors from across the country turn this friendly East Texas community into a shopper's paradise where you can find the rare antiques and collectibles, furniture, fine home decor, arts and crafts,
clothing, jewelry, tools, produce, and much more. Make plans
now to come to Canton and enjoy the First Monday shopping
experience.
(877)462-7467 www.VisitCantonTX.com
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Depot Museum / Cotton Gin
HENDERSON
Athens
A stop in Henderson at the Depot Museum is a must on your visit in East Texas. The Depot Museum is clustered on 5 acres with 10 historical markers and 12 restored structures from Rusk County’s past. Some of the structures include: cotton gin, oil derrick,
carousel, Missouri Pacific caboose, syrup mill, the
famous Arnold Outhouse, and home of the Heritage Syrup Festival.
Located at 514 N. High St. 903-657-4303 www.depotmuseum.com
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Amtrak Train Depot/Mineola Historical Museum
MINEOLA
Grab the train this year for a weekend getaway or family vacation!
Planning a fun trip has never been more affordable & fun. There is
no need to worry about high gas prices and vehicle upkeep for
this vacation. Book your ride today by going to Amtrak.com
Mineola hosts one of the most impressive museums in East Texas. After ten years of hard work, the Mineola Historical Museum is open for the public to enjoy. With 32 historical displays, the most popular being the replication of the Historic Select Theater.
Call (903) 569-6983 or follow us on facebook.
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Buy An Annual Park Pass
TEXAS STATE PARKS
A Park Pass is the best way to experience Texas. You and your vehicle of guests will get unlimited entry to all 90+ State Parks for a year. Your pass also includes other benefits like discounts on camping, equipment rentals, and park store purchases.
For reservations or more information visit www.TexasStateParks.org or call 512-389-8900
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Eisenhower State Park
DENISON
Bring the family out for a beautiful day in the park. Named after our 34th president who lived nearby, this beautiful park is equipped with picnic sites, 3 playground areas, campsites, screened shelters, recreation hall, pavilion, a launching ramp, courtesy boat dock, a lighted fishing pier & a Texas StatePark Store. There is an ATV/mini bike area of 10 acres and also 4.5 miles of hike & bike trails.
For more information contact the Denison Chamber of Commerce/CVB at 903.465.1551 information@denisontexas.us or www.denisontexas.us
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Historic Texas Theater
GREENVILLE
The Texan Theater, which dates back to the late 1800’s, is now an entertainment jewel that can host movie screenings, theater productions, live music and private functions. The gorgeous, state-of-the-art theater seats 118, so the intimacy is palpable. Texan Theater guests enjoy a four-course meal,
excellent table service, parking just a few steps from the venue, gratuity included in your ticket price, and a meet-and-greet with the performers (pending availability) immediately after the show. That’s the Texan Theater VIP treatment for all ticket buyers.
Turnip Green Festival
EASTON
The City of Easton, Texas is proud to present the 2016 Turnip
Green Festival coming in June Easton's Turnip Green Festival
is a historic, community celebration that is filled with fun the whole family can enjoy! From a car and bike show, athletic tournaments, a street dance and of course the Turnip Green Cookoff, there is lots of fun planned.
www.turnipgreenfestival.com or (903) 738-1350
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Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
MOUNT PLEASANT
canton texas
For a most relaxing trip, come to Mount Pleasant for R&R at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park. Just 5 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant, the park offers 4.2 miles of Hiking and Biking trails, Lighted Fishing Pier, Fish Cleaning Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Group Pavilion, Swimming Area with Diving Platform and a Double Boat Ramp. Call 1-800-792-1112
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Mid America Flight Museum
MOUNT PLEASANT
canton texas
This historic Aviation Museum located at the
Mount Pleasant Regional Airport. The museum
differentiates itself from many other museums
in that the great majority of the airplanes in
the museum fly on a regular basis, and that
ongoing projects are being restored to fly!
Located at 501 Mike Hall Parkway in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
(903) 573-2888
www.midamericaflightmuseum.org
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Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Museum
CARTHAGE
Visit the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Museum honoring native Texans who have made their mark on Country Music.
Also, located inside the 13,000 square foot museum are large displays honoring Panola County natives Tex Ritter, Jim Reeves and other Texas Country Music legends. Fans have come from every state as well as numerous foreign countries to see the impressive displays of memorabilia.
Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Located at 310 W. Panola St, Carthage, Texas.
903-694-9561 www.carthagetexas.com
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Northeast Texas Children’s Museum
COMMERCE
Northeast Texas Children’s Museum serving children from the state, providing a creative and enriching learning experience.
Located in the Watson Center building of Texas A & M University-Commerce on Hwy 50 and Culver Street (Hwy 178) in Commerce, TX. Commerce is approximately 65 miles northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
For more information visit us on the web at: netxcm.com or call 903.886.6055
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Watts RV Park & Recreation Area
GILMER
If nature walks, fishing, outdoor grilling, horseshoes volleyball and bird watching are your things, you can’t miss this East Texas Gem.
On this wooded 26 acre site you will also find a deluxe ranch style clubhouse with pool and observation deck.
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Splash Kingdom
CANTON
Come to Canton for shopping, then go cool off at Splash Kingdom, the family-friendly water park. It's just down I-20, a stone's throw away. A kid's castle, wave pool, lazy river, water slides and “glow-in-the-dark” mini golf. It's fun entertainment in a safe environment.
Call for more info. at (903) 567-0044 splashkingdomwaterpark.com
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Sam Rayburn Country
BONHAM
Offering a more intimate glimpse into the life of Speaker Sam Rayburn are the Sam Rayburn House Museum and the Sam Rayburn Library Museum.
For more information about the Library Museum call
(903) 583-2455
or visit www. cah.utexas.edu/museums/rayburn.php
For information about the Sam Rayburn House Museum
call: (903) 583-5558 www.visitsamrayburnhouse.com
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Old Magnolia House B&B
PARIS
The Old Magnolia House B & B is a cherished place to relax, rejuvenate and replenish.
Located in the historic Paris, Texas, is a 2-story Victorian, built in 1871 by the Ledger family. Mrs. Ledger, also known as Mrs. "L", has been known to revisit at times.
The Old Magnolia House offers 3 comfortable & elegant rooms, each with its own character with comfort, beauty, and timeless elegance. It's the perfect escape to a world of warmth & southern hospitality (903) 739-8600. www.oldmagnoliahousebandb.com
Ellis Pottery & Home & Garden Store
MARSHALL
Ellis is a family owned and operated company dating back to the late 1800's with its original roots in pottery manufacturing in Marshall, Texas. However, now a days things have changed quite dramatically with Ellis extending its product reach into all
different aspects of Home Decor and Gardening. Ellis has one of the most impressive greenhouse operations around, showing all types of product, from tropicals out of California to annuals and shrubs grown locally. Ellis also carries many seasonal items in the greenhouse from fresh cut pumpkins in the Fall to beautiful red poinsettias during Christmas.
5015 HWY 59 North, Marshall TX 75670
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Experience the Pineywoods in a Cabin
TEXAS STATE PARKS
Relax after a day of exploring Northeast Texas by spending the night in a cabin. You’ll find cabins at Caddo Lake, Cooper Lake, Daingerfield, Lake Bob Sandlin, and Tyler State Parks. While offering modern amenities many parks have cabins that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
For reservations or more information visit www.TexasStateParks.org or call 512-389-8900
Local Flavor
PALESTINE
Taste what lies behind the Pine Curtain and enjoy the local flavor of Palestine. Experience fine dining at its best from one of the top chefs in the U.S. or sample Pavlova from a chef, born and raised in New Zealand. In the mood for Shepherd’s Pie? Don’t worry, you can wash it down with hand-crafted beer on tap at the local pub. From lemon icebox pie to wood-fired pizza,dinner train rides and not to mention fruitcake from the oldest bakery in Texas, Palestine’s eateries will keep you full and satisfied from dusk to dawn.
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Gregg County Historical Museum
LONGVIEW
The Gregg County Historical Museum is housed in the historic Everett Building, a former bank building, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. Exhibits illustrating the development of Gregg County include those centered on timber, farming, oil, railroads, schools and commerce. Furnishings such as those found in a bank president’s office, dentist’s office, an early 1900s parlor and bedroom, the interior of a log cabin and a general mercantile store are also displayed. Some of the museum’s important exhibits and collections include The Arthur Northcutt Brown Military Collection, The Dalton Gang exhibit, The Architecture in Texas exhibit, the Oral History Collection and much more. www.GreggHistorical.org
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Antique Capital of East Texas
GLADEWATER
Gladewater, The Antique Capital of East Texas, continues to be a favorite tourism spot as visitors enjoy revisiting a bit of the past while browsing through the quaint old buildings. Dealers and artisans display their wares in various booths or stores located in antique malls and individual shops in the Antique District. www.gladewaterchamber.org or www.gladewatermainstreet.com
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Old Mill Pond/Parrot Park Museum
LINDALE
Admission is free! This museum is a collection of farm equipment, implements, vintage cars, & historical objects that Bill Parrot has collected
over the past 37 years. The museum also hosts a hand-built chapel, picnic area, train display set,& a lake to feed the ducks.
The “steam whistle” blows at 8am, noon, 1pm, & 5pm.
Open to public – Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm and is located at 2900 S. Main Street (HWY 69). Schools, organizations & large groups (ten or more) can schedule tours. For more information please call 903-882-3422.
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Celebrating Tomato Fest
JACKSONVILLE
The 32nd Annual Tomato Fest will be held the 2nd Saturday in June, in downtown Jacksonville. The streets are packed with over 200 vendors, a farmer’s market, kids’ activities, car show, got talent contest and lots of entertainment. Tomato activities included the Tomato Eating Contest, Tomato Peeling Contest, Salsa Contest and Best Home Grown Tomato Contest. Soccer, Fishing and Tennis Tournaments are also held during this festival. The final event is the annual Chili’s Street Dance.
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce 903-586-2217 www.jacksonvilletexas.com or www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleChamber
Main Street
HENDERSON
Come & enjoy Henderson, a Texas & National Main Street City, for several days. Experience the sights & shopping in the downtown National Register Historic District. Enjoy the overhead music as you shop with our family owned unique businesses which feature:  Upscale clothing & accessories, eclectic items, home décor & much more. We have several eateries which include a Bistro, Coffee Café with eats, another eatery that has a wine bar. Walking Tour brochures are available. www.visithendersontx.com Visit us at www.officialbestof.com  Henderson was selected as Texas 2015 Best Rural City.
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Toledo Bend Lake
CENTER
Toledo Bend Lake, located on the Sabine River, forms a boundary between East Texas and Louisiana. It is the largest man-made body of water in the South and fifth largest in surface acres in the United States with 1200 miles of shoreline Toledo Bend offers
an almost unlimited opportunity for recreational enjoyment. Lake lodging and marina services are available for boating, fishing, hunting and camping making this the perfect family vacation getaway.
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Fine Arts Community
LONGVIEW
t is unique to find a city such as Longview that has such a vibrant arts community - Longview Ballet Theatre, Longview Symphony Orchestra, East Texas Symphonic band, Longview Museum of
Fine Arts, ArtsView Children’s Theatre, Theatre Longview, Longview World of Wonders Hands-On Discovery, and LeTourneau University’s premier Belcher Performance Center. With such widespread support, the arts in Longview continue
to flourish and to offer creative resources that enhance our community.
"Shopping Abounds in Tyler"
TYLER
“Interested in expanding your wardrobe or
bringing gifts back home to loved ones? You are
in the perfect spot! Tyler is filled with multiple shopping centers that are home to local boutiques, upscale designers, antiques and resale, and much more. If you want more of a one-stop shopping experience, stop by the Broadway Square Mall or the brand new Village at Cumberland Park. Here you'll find the
name-brand clothing you're looking for, while at the same time enjoying the wide array of local shops. You will definitely be able to shop ‘til you drop here in Tyler!
For a full list of shopping visit our website at www.visittyler.com/shopping.
Starr Family Home State Historic Site
MARSHALL
Nestled in the heart of Marshall’s museums and cultural activities, Starr Family Home State Historic Site is composed of several elegant structures that map the 150-year history of the Starr family in Texas. Period furnishings, clothing, and antiques trace the transition of the buildings through four generations of the Starr family. 407 West Travis Street
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS
“Catch some memories, go fish Texas” is the slogan of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. The center boasts 300,000 gallons of aquaria with native Texas fish, a daily dive show, tram tours, fishing, an interpretive
wetland trail and more. The 1.2 acre lake is stocked with fish year-round. No fishing license is required plus all bait and tackle are furnished. The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an innovative aquatic nature center and hatchery. Open Tues-Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m.
Admission $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors 65 and older, $3.50 children 4-12. Located at 5550 FM 2495.
For more information, call 903-676-2277.
Lennox Woods Preserve
CLARKSVILLE
The Martha Lennox Memorial Nature Trail is 10 miles north of Clarksville on TX Hwy 37 and takes visitors through a variety of habitats, from upland short leaf pine oak forest to bottomland hardwoods. A walk along the trails beneath the magnificense of old growth timber is a rare priviledge provided at this preserve. These mature forests provide habitat for a variety of woodpeckers.Nuthatch in winter. An interpretive brochure and bird list can be obtained at www.nature.org/texas 903-568-4139
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Texas Shakespeare Festival
KILGORE
The Texas Shakespeare Festival was developed to establish a
professional summer theatre for East Texas based in Kilgore.
Housed in the Van Cliburn Auditorium, this company attracts
high caliber actors, designers and directors from throughout
the nation. www.TexasShakespeare.com
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