Sam Fling (red shirt) and friends Drake and Ben have fun at theTexas Rice Festival in Winnie, Oct. 7.

Sam Fling (red shirt) and friends Drake and Ben have fun at theTexas Rice Festival in Winnie, Oct. 7. UP photo by Shane Proctor

Texas Rice Festival held Oct. 4 through Saturday in Winnie

Since 1969, the Texas Rice Festival has been held to honor rice farming. This year, the four-day harvest celebration was held Oct. 4 through Saturday in Winnie. More than 100,000 people flood Winnie-Stowell Park annually, and 2017 was no exception. Sponsored by Whataburger, the festival opened Wednesday evening with free admission. Events continued through the weekend with live music, livestock shows, art exhibits and craft shows, antique cars, parades, a horse show, horseshoe tournament, bar-b-que cook-off, rice cooking contest and a carnival.

  • UP photo by Shane Proctor
    UP photo by Shane Proctor
  • UP photo by Shane Proctor
    UP photo by Shane Proctor
  • UP photo by Shane Proctor
    UP photo by Shane Proctor
  • UP photo by Shane Proctor
    UP photo by Shane Proctor
  • UP photo by Shane Proctor
    UP photo by Shane Proctor
  • UP photo by Shane Proctor
    UP photo by Shane Proctor
  • UP photo by Shane Proctor
    UP photo by Shane Proctor
  • UP photo by Shane Proctor
    UP photo by Shane Proctor
  • UP photo by Shane Proctor
    UP photo by Shane Proctor
  • UP photo by Ashley Kluge
    UP photo by Ashley Kluge
  • UP photo by Ashley Kluge
    UP photo by Ashley Kluge
  • UP photo by Ashley Kluge
    UP photo by Ashley Kluge
  • UP photo by Ashley Kluge
    UP photo by Ashley Kluge

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