Area festivals highlight October

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Oct. 14 was a big day in Van Zandt County with multiple festivals kicking off on the same day. The Canton Autumn Stroll, Edom Festival of the Arts, Van Oil Festival and VZC Regional Airport Fly-In offered residents a chance to experience fall festivities.

A handful of festivals still fill the weekends in October, which is set to include the US 80 Hi-Way Sale, Ben Wheeler Hog Fest and Halloween events slated for late October.

On Nov. 11 the Edgewood Heritage Festival will be the last festival of the fall season in Van Zandt County. Surrounding cities and counties also have a slew of festivals set, such as the Tyler Rose Festival and Mineola Iron Horse Festival.


US 80 Hi-Way Sale scheduled for Oct. 20-22


The Historic US 80 Hi-Way Sale will begin at 8 a.m. daily Oct. 20-22 and will draw crowds from far and wide looking for a bargain, according to the East Texas Tourism Association.

Organized to promote and increase tourism trade and traffic along US 80, the first coast-to-coast, all-weather highway in America, the 2,400 mile route begins in Savannah, Ga., makes its way through East Texas and concludes in San Diego, Calif.

The three-state event will cover a 392-mile route – one of the nation’s longest – from Mesquite, through Louisiana to Jackson, Miss.



Tyler Rose Festival

The 84th annual Tyler Rose Festival will be held Oct. 19-22 with various times slated for events. The festival will include a queen’s coronation, ladies’ and men’s luncheons, a parade and rose show.

The Texas Rose Parade will be held at 9 a.m., Oct. 21 and will assemble on Front Street and Glenwood Boulevard, and then follow a route west on Front Street, through the East Texas State Fairgrounds and ending inside the Rose Stadium. The parade will feature more than 120 entries including custom floats, marching bands, drill teams, mounted horse clubs, and vintage cars.

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