Texian Heritage Festival … Affordable Family Fun in Montgomery!

140728_300dpi-Texian-Heritage-Logo-editedMontgomery, (September 25, 2015) – The Texian Heritage Festival is preparing to bring out the guns and cannons for the annual festival on Saturday, October 17 at Fernland Historical Park located at 780 Clepper Road in Montgomery.

The Texian Heritage Festival is a family fun outdoor event that depicts the era of the 1800s 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. This year, five non-profit organizations will receive 20 percent of the proceeds split equally. New this year are Caiden’s Hope, Coat of Many Colors, and Meals on Wheels (formerly the Friendship Center. Fernland Historical Park and Montgomery Historical Society are again beneficiaries of the festival.

Fernland Historical Park is home to four cabins from the 1820s to 1860s. The cabins – Hulon, Jardine, Crane, and Simonton House – will be open for all to visit and see how life was lived in the early 1800s.

LJC Band at Texian Heritage Festival

LJC Band at Texian Heritage Festival

Dulcimers, fiddles, cowboy poets, storytellers, and singers will entertain festival-goers on the Frontier stage (back of Hulon House).

Craft and food trucks will line up on the East side of the park with festival favorites – BBQ selections and kettle corn  from Taste Sensations; catfish, shrimp, chicken, and boudin balls from Fish Tales; Marble Slab Creamery; and Mediterranean selections of wraps, gumbo, and fried cheese from Skye Café.

2013-THF_Indian-Dancers_3445Returning this year are festival favorites – the Chicawa Aztec Dancers, the Wolf Creek Pistolero Shootists, and various dedicated groups of historic reenactors, including Daughters & Sons of the Republic of Texas; the Sons of the Confederate Veterans; and the Texas Army and Texas Navy.  Each group sets up encampments and performs military skirmishes with each other, shoots cannons and visit throughout the day with the public, sharing information about Texas history. Larry and Claudia Heidbreder will bring their Longhorn steers, Liberty and Justice, demonstrating the working history of Texas cattle.

The Conroe Art League (CAL) will set up their traditional mix of paintings in oil, acrylics, and watercolor, bronze and copper sculptures, digital photography, and silver jewelry at the Jardine cabin toward the back of the park. In addition, participants may engage in a community 4 x 4 painting with the assistance of local artists Joe Kolb and Lynn Peverill. Last year’s painted community mural “Texas Heritage Garden” inspired by the name of the Jardine cabin will be auctioned off at 2 p.m. that day during the festival.

CAL will also present Chase Earles, one of only two living Caddo Indians involved in the ancient art of Caddo pottery. Chase will demonstrate the use of hand-dug clay, hand coiling, pit firing, and hand burnishings. Visit www.CaddoPotery.com to learn more about this ancient art.

Demonstrator activities throughout the day include soap making; wood carving; blacksmithing; fabric stamping; coin-rubbing from the Heritage Museum of Conroe; cowboy roping; quilting; and chair caning. At approximately 2:30 p.m. The Sons of the Republic of Texas will reenact the insurrection/revolution of Coahuila y Tejas settlers and the Mexican Army of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

The Children’s Corral will have activities throughout the day. Children can decorate pumpkins; make a stick pony; pan for gold; play ring toss games; learn to rope; and participate in field games. Potato sack races, tug of war, and stick pony races will be scheduled on the grass adjacent to the children’s activities. Volunteers welcome!

Boy Scout Troop 491 of Montgomery will also return this year, camping out with the reenactors in anticipation of earning additional badges demonstrating Dutch oven cooking, knot tying, and leather crafting.

Sponsors for the Texian Heritage Festival include the Greensheet; Montgomery Economic Development Corporation; Wiesner Automotive;  Griffin and Cain Attorneys at Law; the Montgomery County Historical Commission; and Ranch 115 of Hempstead in Memory of Jim Price.

In-kind sponsors include Taylorized PR, LakeConroeTXonline.com, Wordspresso Graphic Designs; Bea Rouse; Conroe Art League; and LaTorretta.
Volunteer opportunities can be found at www.TexianHeritage.org.

The festival will open at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. Don’t miss the fun opportunity to learn and give back to local charities in the community!

Texian Heritage Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing the history of Texas to families in an educational and fun atmosphere, with proceeds benefitting local historical societies and underprivileged populations of Montgomery County, Texas. Contact Margie Taylor for additional information at 936-828-6881 or Margie@Taylorized PR.com