2014-2015 Texas Pecan Queen
2014 Texas Pecan Festival
The Texas Pecan Festival is “a sure bet!” in 2014 is this year’s theme. The 46th Annual Festival is scheduled for September 18 – 21, 2014. The staff at the Chamber would like to encourage every one of ALL AGES to come and visit the festival. You can eat your way through the food area with ice cream, funnel cakes, snow cones, pecan pie, curly fries, gumbo, hamburgers, barbecue, pork-a-bobs, boudain balls, nachos, pistolettes, etc., then you can wash it down with freshly squeezed homemade lemonade. Also, the craft area should have something for everyone.
Mega Passes for the Texas Pecan Festival carnival rides can be purchased at the Groves Activity Building,
Monday, Sept. 15th, 3:30 - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 16th, 3:30 - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 17th, 3:30 - 8 p.m.
Children must be present to have pictures taken for the Passes. The Mega Passes can be purchased for $35.00 each, which will entitle the bearer to ride unlimited rides during the festival beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014 and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2014. NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED.
The festival runs from Thursday, September 18th through Sunday, September 21st. The Texas Pecan Festival Carnival opens at 5:00 p.m. in Lion’s Park on Thursday, September 18th, with the craft and food booths opening at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19th. Additionally, there will be entertainment and events which will run throughout the weekend.
Arm Bands will be available on Thursday, September 18th for the price of $22.00 and for Friday, September 19th for the price of $22.00. Arm Bands will also be available for Saturday, September 20th. The price will be $22.00 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and $22.00 from 5:00 p.m. to close or you may purchase an ALL-DAY Arm Band for $35.00. On Sunday, September 21st, Arm Bands will be available for $22.00 from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. This will allow an Arm Band holder to ride on the day of purchase. Arm Bands will be on sale in the carnival area at the ticket booth in Lion’s Park. Arm Band Sponsors are: Thursday night – MARKET BASKET, Friday night – Medical Center of SETX, and Saturday night – Gulf Credit Union.
Even though the actual festival normally falls on the third weekend of September, there are a number of events which take place throughout the month which makes the Texas Pecan Festival a month long experience and not just a weekend happening. The event and Chairpersons are:
The Texas Pecan Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant will be held on Saturday, September 13th, in the Groves Elementary School Auditorium, located at 3901 Cleveland in Groves, Texas at 7:00 p.m. The Co-Chairpersons are Debbie Broussard and Jeff Kuchar.
The Texas Pecan Festival TREASURE HUNT, sponsored by Levingston Funeral Home, starts on Monday, September 15th. This year’s Chairperson is Brandin Shaw.
The Texas Pecan Festival Photo/Art Contest entry deadline is Wednesday, September 10th. The Awards Reception will be held Monday, September 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at Kizmet Studio & Koffee Bar located at
The Gulf Coast Area Sertoma Club “Fashions in a Nutshell” Style Show and dinner will be held at The Courtyard Café located at 4321 Lincoln Ave. on Tuesday, September 16th, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 per person. Fashions provided by Classy Peacock, Dressn’ Up, Oliver Maxwell’s, and SHOOGZ on the Avenue. The Chairperson is Barbara Cropper at (409) 963-8786 for information or tickets. Food will be provided by the Courtyard Café.
The Horseshoe Tournament - The Horseshoe Tournament will be held in Lion’s Park, located at 6200 Jackson, on Sunday, September 21st. The Chairperson is Brad Bailey.
The Texas Pecan Festival Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 20th . Line up will begin at 9:00 a.m. by entering from Terrell Street onto Cleveland Avenue. The parade begins at 39thSt. at Cleveland Ave., heads west on 39th St. Then travels down 39th St. to Gulf Ave. where the parade ends after making a right turn on Gulf Ave. The Chairperson is Paul Patin.
The Pie Eating Contest, sponsored by Merle Norman & Bella Boutique, will be Saturday, September 20th, at 2:00 p.m. at Lion’s Park in the Center Tent area. The Chairperson is Terri Melancon.
The Cooking with Pecans Contest, sponsored by Oak Grove Nursing Home, will be held on Saturday, September 20th at 5:00 p.m. at Lion’s Park in the Center Tent Area. The Co-Chairpersons are Angel Contreras and Karen Theis.
The Texas Pecan Festival Pet Show, sponsored by Wilcox Veterinary Clinic, will be Sunday, September 21st, at 1:00 p.m. at the Lee Rodgers Pavilion located in Lion’s Park. Pet Show registration begins at 12 noon. The Chairperson is Carol Sigona.
Festival Weekend Schedule of Events
Thursday, September 18
5:00 – 11:00 p.m. - Carnival only will be open
Friday, September 19
5:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Carnival, Food and Craft Booths Open,
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Music by Bow Tie DJ Service and asking trivia questions
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. SMOKIN’ JOE & THE TRUE TONES Band
Saturday, September 20
10:00 a.m. The Texas Pecan Festival Parade will be held Saturday, September 21st. The Parade begins at
Entertainment: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Carnival, Food and Craft Booths Open
11:00 a.m. Festival Kick-off after parade with PNG Band, Cheerleaders, Indianettes, Twirlers and the National Anthem sung.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tonalta School of Music
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm. Golden Triangle Hispanic Association Folkloric Dancers
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Amy’s Elite Dance Force
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Debbie’s School of Dance
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Armentors United Martial Arts
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Kim Ross Danceworks
6:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. Music by Bow Tie DJ Service and asking trivia questions
8 -11:00 p.m. Champagne Room Band
2:00 p.m. Pie-Eating Contest
5:00 p.m. Cooking with Pecans Contest
Sunday, September 21
12:00 – 6:00 p.m. - Carnival, Food and Craft Booths open with continuous entertainment
Entertainment & Events:
12:00 Noon-Music by Bow Tie DJ Service, asking trivia questions & awarding prizes
12:00 Noon Pet Show Registration
1–3:00 p.m. PET SHOW
3:00 p.m. Bow Tie DJ Service asking trivia questions with prizes
4:30 p.m. Groves Elementary Choir
The Texas Pecan Festival Co-Chairpersons are Brad Corley and Karen Theis.
For more information, call the Groves Chamber of Commerce & Tourist Center at (409) 962-3631.