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Posted on: September 27, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Cookoff, Concerts, Free Family Fun, Fireworks at Bayou Fest Oct 20

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Free concerts from Pee Wee Bowen, Clay Walker and John Michael Montgomery

City of La Marque and Texas City - La Marque Chamber have teamed up once again to deliver this family-friendly festival at the 230-acre Mac McGaffey Highland Bayou Park, 1991 Getty Road in La Marque on October 20, 2018. La Marque Bayou Fest admission, parking and several kids’ activities are free.

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.

“Cowboy” Jones Children’s Fishing Tournament: Join Rusty Hook Fishing Club for the annual kids’ 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 8:30 a.m. Kids can fish from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with parent or guardian supervision. For ten categories of fish, kids can win a new rod and reel plus a new tackle box provided by La Marque Lions Club. Alex’s A/C provides goody bags stuffed with goodies from several Texas City – La Marque Chamber members.

PumpkinPatch and 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 and 15-19 years. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent. La Marque Lions Club will present cash prizes for first, second and third.

BBQ Cook-off Spots Going Fast: On Friday, October 19, the BBQ Cook Off ramps up as teams compete for $10,000 in prize money. Secure one of the 100 BBQ spots with water and power hookups while you still can! The Bayou Fest Cook Off is part of Galveston County’s Triple Crown. Contact Derek Duckett at 409-935-1408 or for information. 

La Marque Mutton Busting: Go mutton bustin’ at 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?

Free Concerts: A series of concerts kicks off around 4:00 p.m. with local legend Pee Wee Bowen Band, followed by John Michael Montgomery and Clay Walker. 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 will be used to provide scholarships to La Marque youth. 

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 Waste Management, Amoco Federal Credit Union, Dow and Associated Credit Union of Texas. For information, follow us on Facebook at or call Colleen at 409-938-9255.

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