Music-Centric Hot Pepper Festival to Feature JB and The Moonshine Band

Music-Centric Hot Pepper Festival to Feature JB and The Moonshine Band 

PALESTINE– Cool off at the “Hottest Little Festival in Texas” featuring JB and The Moonshine Band. The Hot Pepper Festival is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 – Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Historic Palestine Main Street District.  Events include a hot pepper eating contest, arts & crafts, unique food vendors, farmer’s market, BBQ & Chili Cook-Off, kid’s zone, Hot Pepper Express Parade, beer gardens, live music and much more.

“This festival is great for all ages,” stated Heather Hrebec, City of Palestine Event Coordinator.  “There will be exhibits, demonstrations and not to mention festival favorites such as fried candy bars, red-velvet funnel cake and a variety of salsas.” 

The BBQ & Chili Cook-Off will kick off on Friday, Oct. 25 in The Hollow in Old Town Palestine and continue into Saturday.  Live music for Friday includes Slip, Tumble, Trip, The Bigsbys and up-and-coming artist, Diedre Thornell, winner of the Texaco Country Showdown. 

The fun will continue at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 with the Hot Pepper Express Parade through historic downtown Palestine.  Live music will start at 10:45 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. that evening.

This year’s music lineup boasts over a dozen acts, all of whom take their respective turns onstage during the festival weekend.  There are oldies, newbies, local favorites and something for everybody including Molly and the Ringwalds, six-time winners of the Houston Press Music Award for “Best Cover Band.”

The headline act will be JB and The Moonshine Band, whose 2012 album Beer for Breakfast charted on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.  The popular country group will start at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Chili Pepper Stage in downtown Palestine.

“There’s nothing better than a big festival in a small, Texas Town,” said City of Palestine Mayor Therrell Thomas.  “The Hot Pepper Festival in Palestine is definitely something you will want to add to your list of yearly traditions.”

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