Texian Heritage Festival donates $14,000 to Montgomery County charities

Texian Heritage check presentationThe Texian Heritage Festival distributed $14,000 Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, to four local charities that serve Montgomery County, including Montgomery County Emergency Assistance, Fernland Historical Park, Montgomery Historical Society, and the Pioneers of Montgomery.

The funds are the proceeds of the 2014 Festival held October 18, when more than 2,000 people attended the family fun outdoor event that depicts the era of the 1800’s with shoot-outs, cannons, reenactments, demonstrators, dancers, entertainment, and a Children’s Corral with hands-on activities including stick pony races, potato sack races, tug of war, and crafts.

The first Festival was held in 2010, benefiting the Montgomery County Food Bank. When the Food Bank declined to continue the Festival after the 2012 event, a volunteer committee was formed from the original team to establish the Texian Heritage Festival. The proceeds benefit local organizations and is organized by volunteers who are passionate about embracing Texas history in a family event. The 2015 Texian Heritage Festival is scheduled for October 17.

We couldn’t have done this without the support of the City of Montgomery, the Fernland Board, the many sponsors, and the community of volunteers that gave up their day to assist with set up, games, food, and tear down,” said Margie Taylor, President of the Texian Heritage Festival. “Our Board of Directors work all year planning this event. It’s a labor of love”.

New this year was the addition of Boy Scout Troop 491 of Montgomery. The boys and their leaders set up tents Friday before the Festival and stayed through Sunday. They earned merit badges, demonstrated learned skills of cooking, knot tying, and physical agility, and they were always available to lend a helping hand throughout the day.

“The donation from the Texian Heritage Festival is greatly appreciated,” said Billy Ray Duncan, board member of the Montgomery Historical Society, adding “the Historical Society owns seven historical properties in Montgomery and there is always maintenance work that needs to be done. It is great to see so many volunteers working together for the betterment of our community.”

The Texian Heritage Festival was sponsored by the Montgomery Economic Development Corporation, Weisner Automotive, Consolidated Communications, the Lake Conroe Rotary Club, and Pizza Shack of Montgomery. For more information on the festival, volunteer opportunities or to apply as a beneficiary for 2015 go to www.TexianHeritage.org