Naples- There were plenty of watermelons in Naples over the weekend. The Texas Watermelon Festival is held annually on the last weekend in July. The event draws people from far and wide. The Watermelon Festival has one of the major parades in North East Texas, many craft booths, special entertainment, a street dance, and a fully sanctioned PRCA rodeo during the week of events.
Lake Fork Toyota ShareLunker First of Season ATHENS—Andrew Watson of Highland Village caught the first entry of the 26th Toyota ShareLunker season December 27, 2011, from Lake Fork.
Lightnin’- Bluesman Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins had ties to Houston County. A statue was erected in his memory across from Camp Street Café in Crockett. Locals say Hopkins played on the street and in establishments along Camp Street in his youth. Camp Street was in the center of the Black Business District in Houston County. Hopkins music was heard from Camp Street all the way to Carnegie Hall. Lightnin’ Hopkins recalled Houston County, none too fondly, and mentions it in his music. Hopkins sang about serving on a chain gang for the county.
East Texas Fireworks Displays and Celebrations
East Texas- There will be no shortage of Fourth of July celebrations in the Piney Woods this year. MYETX has compiled a list of celebrations and fireworks displays around the region and start planning your Independence Weekend!