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Return of the Hot Pepper Festival

Return of the Hot Pepper Festival

Palestine – The City of Palestine is excited to announce the return of the Hot Pepper Festival this year on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

The City of Palestine holds two festivals a year, one in spring and one during fall. As far back as citizens can remember the festival that takes place in the fall has had an identity crisis. It has been known as quite a few things throughout the years including; Bat Festival, Ghost Festival and most recently WonderFall Oktoberfest. However, last year the City decided to take the festival back to its most successful era, when it was known as Hot Pepper Festival.

“There was interest from our citizens to change the fall season festival back to Hot Pepper Festival,” says Heather Hrebec, event coordinator for the City of Palestine. “Our community remembers the success and the unique nature of the festival from that time and wants to bring back that same feeling.”

This year’s festival will have many of the old favorite of past festivals, but will add many things that the community has not seen before. One element from the past that festival-goers can be excited about: free entry into the festival.

While the Hot Pepper Festival planning committee is still in the planning stages, attendees can expect to see a parade themed “Back to the Pepper,” a bar-b-que and chili cook-off, salsa making contest, pepper eating contest, kid’s zone, arts and crafts, unique foods, an awesome Texas Country music line-up; all with a county fair feel. Also, the committee is excited about a special surprise activity that has never been done here in Palestine.

The cook-off will start Friday, October 26 in the Hollow and will continue into the day accompanied by musical entertainment. Saturday the fun will continue starting at 10am with the parade and festival activities will go until 6pm, but the fun does not stop there. Live music performances are scheduled until 11pm that night.

The Hot Pepper Festival committee is currently looking for vendors and sponsors. “This is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to support their community,” says Lysa Gonzalez, marketing manager for the City of Palestine. “This festival has the potential to bring in many of out-of-town guests and bring in local community interest. It is a chance to get your business community recognition.” Deadline for vendor applications is Saturday, September 15; sponsorship applications are due Thursday, September 20.

More details will be relieved as planning progresses. For more information visit and click the link the Hot Pepper Festival page to get vendor, sponsorship and cook-off applications. Also, like the Hot Pepper Festival Facebook page at to get up-to-date details about the festival as they happen.

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