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Families flock to opening night of Groves Pecan Fest

Groves Pecan Festival schedule

Groves Pecan Festival schedule

Friday, Nov. 6

  • 5 to 11 p.m. — Carnival, food and craft booths open
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Jude Moreau and the Bon Temps Playboys
  • 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service
  • 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. — David Joel Band

Saturday, Nov. 7

  • 9:30 a.m. — Groves Pecan Festival Parade. Begins at 39th Street at Cleveland Avenue, heads west on 39th Street. Travels down 39th Street to Gulf Avenue, ends after making a right turn on Gulf Avenue
  • 11 a.m. — Festival kick-off after parade with PNG band, cheerleaders, Indianettes, Twirlers and National Anthem sung
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Tonalta School of Music
  • 12:30 to 1 p.m. — Music by Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service
  • 1 to 2 p.m. — Orange Jazz Company
  • 2 to 3 p.m. — Armentor’s United Martial Arts
  • 3 to 4 p.m. — Debbie’s School of Dance
  • 3 to 4 p.m. — Accept entries for Cooking with Pecans Contest
  • 4 to 5 p.m. — Kim Ross Danceworks
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. — Introduction of the 2015 Pecan Festival Queen and her court
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Lamar Jazz Band “Section 51”
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Announce winners of Cooking with Pecans contest and music by Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service
  • 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. — Champagne Room

Sunday, Nov. 8

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Music by Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service
  • Noon — Pet Show registration at Lee Rogers Pavilion
  • 1 to 3 p.m. — Groves Pecan Festival Pet Show
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. — Music by Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service
  • 3:30 p.m. — Port Neches Middle School Choir
  • 4 p.m. — Groves Middle School
  • 5 p.m. — PN-G High School Indian Singers
  • 5:30 to 6 p.m. — Music by Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service
  • 6 p.m. — End of Festival

 

GROVES — Colorful carnival rides lit up Lion’s Park Thursday night during the first night of the Groves Pecan Festival.

Over near a food area Michelle Han bought some fries and snacks for her sons, Colin and Corey.

“We come here every year, even if it’s raining. We run through the rain,” Han said, adding the family attends each day during the festival. “We’ve been coming ever since we moved here in 2010 from California.”

Han explained the boys had already ridden some rides and their favorite was the bumper cars.

The Ferris wheel at Groves Pecan Festival during opening night of the Groves Pecan Festival at Lion’s Park on Thursday. Mary Meaux/The News

The Ferris wheel at Groves Pecan Festival during opening night of the Groves Pecan Festival at Lion’s Park on Thursday.
Mary Meaux/The News

Across the fairway Jaidyn Porter carried Clayton Crorey inside the “Mardi Gras” Fun House with Katlyn and Emilia Williams not far behind.

Jose Ceja grabs a sack during opening night of the Groves Pecan Festival at Lion’s Park on Thursday. Mary Meaux/The News

Jose Ceja grabs a sack during opening night of the Groves Pecan Festival at Lion’s Park on Thursday.
Mary Meaux/The News

The Groves Pecan Festival continues through Sunday with live entertainment, parade, food, carnival and various contests.

For more information about the annual festival, contact the Groves Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center at 962-3631.