Texas GATORFEST 2011

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Texas GATORFEST 2011


Anahuac- The Texas GATORFEST is one of the most unique festivals in the State of Texas. The GATORFEST combines alligators and East Texans for foolproof family fun! In Chambers County alligators outnumber residents by almost three to one! Anahuac is the Alligator Capital of Texas.

Take an airboat ride or a river boat tour, enjoy four stages of entertainment, Texas Artisans, merchants and the scenic waterfront beer garden. Take a whirl on the adult carnival rides and treat the kids to the kiddie rides, pony rides and petting zoo. On Saturday and Sunday, witness the Great Texas Alligator Roundup and visit the Alligator Education Tent to get an up close and personal view of live gators.

The Great Texas Alligator Roundup is the premier event of GATORFEST. Texas alligator hunters are invited to bring in their “harvest” to compete for cash prizes. Prizes are awarded according to length and county of harvest. The festival coincides with the opening of the 20 day alligator season in Texas and the Roundup sees an average of 10% of all the alligators harvested from the wild in Texas annually. Previous years’ winners have been over 13 feet long!

An air horn will sound each hour as hunters bring in gators throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. The Great Texas Alligator Roundup gives the festival a rare opportunity to let visitor’s see this fascinating reptile “up close and personal.”  This event attracts alligator hunters from across Texas to our festival.

A licensed Texas alligator buyer is on site to purchase the harvested gators, which are then processed for the hide and the meat.  For more information on The Great Texas Alligator Roundup and alligator hunting opportunities in the Anahuac Area contact the GATORFEST office at 409-267-4190.

Texas GATORFEST 2011 kicks off Friday night, September 16 with the festival gates opening at 6p.m. A variety of attractions and entertainment including live music, Cajun food vendors and shopping will continue until 12 midnight. The festival continues on Saturday, September 17th, from 10a.m. until 12 midnight with a main stage entertainment line up featuring the Ely Young Band. Sunday’s Gatorfest opens from 12 noon until 6p.m. with more live music and a full array of festival activities.

Other GATORFEST attractions include face painters, fortune tellers, children’s rides, an adult carnival, pony rides, a petting zoo and a variety of merchants. In addition, The Alli Theater will provide guest with a sampling of local entertainment.

Pre-GATORFEST  activities get under today at 4p.m. Tomorrow at noon gates will open to the public for the BBQ Cook-off. Bring your apetite and you washer pitching and horseshoe tossing skills this weekend, too. And don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Schedule of Events

2011 Kick Off Weekend

Friday, September 9

4 pm – Gates open to public

  • 7:30 pm – Desserts Judged
  • 8:30 pm – Oysters Judged
  • 9:30 pm – Rice Judged
  • 12:30 am – Gates Locked

Saturday, September 10

12 Noon – Gates open to public & DJ on BBQ Stage

  • 12:30 pm – Ribs Judged
  • 2 pm – Alligator Judged
  • 3:30 pm – Brisket Judged
  • 4:30 pm – Washer Tournament
  • 5:30 pm – Horseshoes Tournament
  • 6 pm – BBQ Awards Ceremony
  • 9 pm – Street Dance

2011 Texas GATORFEST Main Weekend

Thursday, September 15 –  Carnival Night!

5:00p.m. – 10:00pm  Gates Open to Carnival Rides

  • No entertainment
  • No vendors
  • Carnival food available (funnel cakes, cotton candy, etc)

Friday, September 16

6:00p.m. – Gates Open to all events at Festival!

  • – Carnival Rides
  • – Airboat Rides
  • – Alligator Weigh-in
  • – Crafts Vendors
  • – Kids Games & Facepainting
  • – Cajun Food & other Eats
  • 6:30 pm – Cajun Music Night on Main Stage
  • – Jesse Stuart & Ridin High
  • – Joel Martin Project
  • – Wayne Toups & Zydacajun

Saturday, September 17

10a.m. – Gates Open to all events at Festival!

  • – Carnival Rides
  • – Airboat Rides
  • – Alligator Weigh-in
  • – Crafts Vendors
  • – Kids Games & Facepainting
  • – Cajun Food & other Eats
  • 12 pm – Music Starts Main Stage
  • – The McClanahans
  • – 11th Hour
  • – Seth Candan
  • – Kyle Bennett Band
  • – Honeybrowne
  • – Eli Young Band

Sunday, September 18

12p.m. – Gates Open to all events at Festival!

  • – Carnival Rides
  • – Airboat Rides
  • – Alligator Weigh-in
  • – Crafts Vendors
  • – Kids Games & Facepainting
  • – Cajun Food & other Eats
  • 12 pm – Music Starts Main Stage
  • – The Jamie Talbert band
  • – David Glenn
  • – Al White and Chaparral

For more information about GATORFEST  visit the official GATORFEST Website.

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