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75th Annual East Texas Yamboree

75th Annual East Texas Yamboree

Gilmer- The East Texas Yamboree is one of the longest running festivals in Texas with well over one hundred thousand people attending every year. Each year people come from near and far to Gilmer, Texas to celebrate the yam! Wednesday, October 18, the 75th Annual East Texas Yamboree Festival will kick off around the courthouse square in Gilmer.

What makes the Yamboree special to so many people?

Many people say it’s the great carnival that expands every year with many exciting new rides and attractions. Others are drawn to the festival to see the Queen’s Coronation Pageant. The Livestock Show and Sale also attracts people who enjoy seeing animals that local youth have raised to showcase at this special event.

Others love the barn dance where East Texans can see the rising young stars of country music and dance the night away. Let’s not forget the parades, gospel singing, the exhibits, the art and photography shows, high school football, spending time with family and old friends plus other activities that take place over this special weekend in October.

All of these things and more make the East Texas Yamboree an event that people come from all over the world to enjoy every year. Make plans to experience one of the oldest festivals in Texas this year!

Carnival Schedule

Bandstand/Street Dance

Saturday Barn Dance


Quilt Show

Yam Pie Contest

Yam Contest

Fiddler’s Contest

Gospel Stage

Tator Trot

Hobby & Craft Show

Yamboree Scramble

For more information about the East Texas Yamboree visit the official Yamboree website.


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