Looking for some family entertainment and fall fun? La Marque Bayou Fest is the place to be October 21. City of La Marque and Texas City – La Marque Chamber have teamed up once again to deliver this family-friendly festival at Mac McGaffey Highland Bayou Park, 1991 Getty Road in La Marque. Take I-45 south to Exit 10. Admission is FREE!
A series of concerts kicks off around 4:00 p.m. with local legend Pee Wee Bowen Band, followed by Mark Chestnutt, then Kevin Fowler closes out the show. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and dance the night away at this free community concert. No coolers please. Beverages sold on site. Proceeds go to La Marque Lions Club and Kiwanis Club of La Marque. Both organizations support La Marque youth.
Families can enjoy daytime activities including a fishing tournament, pumpkin carving contest, mutton busting, bounce houses and plenty of room to play. Vendor booths, food trucks and fair food are all on site, as well as a visit from the Chick-fil-A cows.
“Cowboy” Jones Children’s Fishing Tournament
The first 200 children 12 years old and younger to register will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Participants must provide their own rod and reel but bait will be provided by Boyd’s One Stop. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and kids can fish from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with parent or guardian supervision. Rusty Hook Fishing Club is sponsoring the tournament. La Marque Lions Club will provide ten first place awards. Door prizes, sponsored by the Texas City – La Marque Chamber of Commerce, will be given by drawing throughout the tournament.
Pumpkin Patch & Decorating Contest
Pumpkin decorating is very popular with the kiddos! Pick a pumpkin for FREE and find a spot under the pavilion. Age divisions are 5 years and under, 6-10 years, 11-14 years and15-19 years. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent. La Marque Lions Club will present awards for first, second and third place.
Move over, County Fair! We’re bringing mutton bustin’ to Bayou Fest! Dress up your little cowboys and cowgirls and meet us near the pavilion. Registration is at 1:00 p.m. and the fee is $20. There are two age categories, 2-5 and 6-7. Belt buckles will be awarded for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion in each age group. The weight limit is 65 pounds and a waiver must be signed by parents at registration. Can your little one hold on for eight seconds?
BBQ Cook-off Spots Going Fast
On Friday, October 20, the BBQ Cook-off ramps up as teams compete for $10,000 in prize money. Secure one of the 120 BBQ spots while you still can! The Bayou Fest Cook-off will be part of Galveston County’s Triple Crown beginning in 2018. Please contact Leanne Post at 409-935-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
AMOCO Fireworks Show
Stay until 10:00 p.m. to watch the spectacular Amoco Federal Credit Union Fireworks Show.
Bayou Fest is presented by City of La Marque and Texas City – La Marque Chamber of Commerce. The VIP Experience is presented by Miller Lite. Partners include Amoco Federal Credit Union and Associated Credit Union of Texas. For information, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaMarqueBayouFest or contact the Chamber at 409-935-1408.