3/9 - Texas Independence Day - San Benito

"Battle skirmishes and reenactments by living historians will culminate with the Battle of the Alamo, Battle of Bexar and finally the final clash, the Battle of San Jacinto. This year, Texas Independence Day celebration will be conducted at the San Benito Fair Grounds on FM 510 and Cesar Gonzalez Parkway from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and continuing from 5-9 p.m. with live music and celebration at the same site.

Events begin with a parade of horseback riders, wagons and other vehicles traveling from Plaza de San Benito at 225 E. Stenger to Sam Houston Blvd, to Business 77 and finally turning on to FM 510 for the final trek to the show grounds and festival site. An official proclamation will be read at 12 noon, recognizing Texas Independence Day.

The first skirmish performed by re-enactors is scheduled at 12:30 a.m., followed at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m., and finally with the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico.  
A highlight of the day will be a fundraising benefit drawing for a musket, similar to those used during the era when the Texas battle for independence was waged.

New to the Texas Independence Day celebration is an IBCA sanctioned cook-off. The site features more than 100 acres of space for participating teams of cookers, with hook-ups available. Please call 956-428-6945 for more information. Trophies will be awarded to top cookers.

Also scheduled will be demonstrations of baking pan de campo, quilt-making and other vintage arts. Vendors will be selling period items and refreshments. Food, arts/crafts and corporate vendors are welcome to participate by calling Victor Rosas at 956-367-3448 to register. A beer garden will also be on site with favorite food items to be located nearby. Brisket plates will be available for purchase on the grounds.

A 5-K run will precede events with trophies and t-shirts to be awarded to participants. An art show depicting scenes from the Alamo will be judged with winners to be announced during the day.
In conjunction with the event, an outdoor viewing of the movie, “The Alamo,” with Billy Bob Thornton, is scheduled on March 8 at sundown by Borderland Baptist Church, at the fairgrounds, FM 510 Cesar Gonzalez Parkway.

Admission is free of charge, with a $3 donation for parking.

For more information, please contact Wayne Powell at 956-245-4643, Jack Ayoub at ayoubrx@gmail.com or Fred Garza at (956) 245-6980."

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