The South is known for having festivals for the wildest things. But one of the most interesting fairs surrounding an animal has to be the FireAnt Festival in Marshall, TX. Yes. You read correctly. They celebrate the fire ant in East Texas. You can’t go anywhere around the area in the summer and fall without seeing those brown mounds where Solenopsis geminate live in large numbers. A bite and sting from one of these little critters can be quite painful.
On Saturday, October 13, come to downtown Marshall for the FireAnt Festival presented by the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce and the City of Marshall. “Peace, Love, & Fireants” is the theme this year. Here is the list of events for the day.
Some of the highlights…
8:00am – 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk & Roll starts
9:00am – Tour de FireAnt bike race begins
10:00am – FireAnt Festival Parade rolls through downtown
12:40pm – FireAnt Calling Contest. What does the fire ant say? Find out here.
1:40pm – Chickin’ Chunkin Contest. (We’re too scared to ask. Somethings are better left unasked.)
2:40pm – Gurning Contest is better known as an Make an Ugly Face Contest.
3:00pm – FireAnt Cupcake Battle. Think your cupcake can compete!
4:00pm – Washer Tournament begins.
4:30pm – Soap Box Derby.
6:00pm – Concerts begin with Keaton Bradbury, followed at 7:30pm with a community concert and street dance.
The FireAnt Festival is one of the biggest parties in Harrison County. If you’re itching for something different to do, head over Saturday. It’s a fun event for the whole family. For more information you can check out their Facebook page and their website. Photos courtesy: FireAnt Festival Facebook page.
There’s a lot to see and do in downtown Marshall. If you get out there early, you can enjoy some of coffee and donuts.