2017-10-11 / South Texas Living

Music, food, and fun galore are certain at 73rd annual Peanut Festival

Ram Herrera Ram Herrera It’s that time, Wilson County! Time to stroll the streets and take in the tantalizing aroma of festival food, move your feet to some great music, and enjoy the company of friends and family at the 73rd annual Floresville Peanut Festival, set to take over downtown Floresville Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 12-14.

The fun starts on Thursday at 5 p.m. with a carnival guaranteed to boast multiple rides and games for children of all ages. Wristbands will get you unlimited rides on Thursday and Friday for $20 each. On Saturday, kids can start riding as early as 10 a.m. with the wristband price at $25.

A Kiddie Parade will kick things off on Friday at 6 p.m. There will also be a beer garden Friday and Saturday, and vendors selling handmade crafts, home décor, clothing, and of course, the food! Turkey legs, gorditas, and funnel cakes are just a few mouth-watering eats to enjoy at the festival.

The Spazmatics The Spazmatics On Saturday, the day starts off with the Grand Parade at 10 a.m., so be sure to take your chairs and arrive early to get a spot next to friends and family to wave and cheer on parade participants.

Musical entertainment is always a highlight of the Peanut Festival and this year is no exception, with acts including Flavio Longoria & “Conjunto Kings,” J. Abram Band, and headliner Ram Herrera & “Outlaw Band” on Friday night. Tejano singer and songwriter Ramiro “Ram” Herrera & “Outlaw Band” will liven up festival-goers with their cumbias, Latin, salsa, rancheras, and more. Smooth-voiced Ram has been named Male Entertainer of the Year and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tejano Music Association. He began his professional career with David Lee Garza y Los Musicales in 1980. Since then he has recorded almost annually and shared stages with a wide range of performers, including Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, and Selena.

On Saturday, hear sounds from “Silhouette,” “Los Tovares,” Marty Heddin, and the hilarious ’80s ensemble, “The Spazmatics.” If you long for the days of leg warmers and neon headbands, “The Spazmatics” are a must-see! The group travels across Texas delivering all the awesome sounds, styles, and way-cool dance steps from the 1980s decade we’d love to forget. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment.

Remember to act and drink responsibly. No coolers are allowed on festival grounds.

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