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San Augustine gearing up for 24th Sassafras Festival on Saturday

San Augustine is gearing up for its 24th annual Sassafras Festival this Saturday. This FREE event will feature arts, craft and food vendors, plus entertainment and contest for all ages, all on the downtown San Augustine Courthouse Square. Linda Goller is an event co-chair. She says the festival was started to celebrate a special Sassafras tree.


She said the largest Sassafras tree in Texas at one time was located in San Augustine, before it was destroyed in a storm.


Ms. Goller says the festival’s opening ceremony will kick events off at 9 a.m. There will be an Alzheimer’s Walk, a classic car show, an art exhibit, and a “Kid’s Alley”. A reunion of San Augustine High School graduates will take place throughout the day.


She adds a caricature artist has been added this year and will draw festival-goers. Contests include a hotdog eating contest, a photography contest, a pet contest and a Halloween costume contest.


Sassafras activities actually get underway Friday with the Ray Estes’ BBQ Cookoff.


For information or to sign up for a contest, call 936-275-3610.


Ayish (Eye-ish) Hall’s Sassafras Festival Fall Music Show will be held at 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 24. There will be family friendly fun Country Music Entertainment featuring The Sugar Moons, which include Sarah Griffin Humphries, Will Lewis, Sam Marks, Shane Mathews and Cody Wood. Special guests include Jimmy Webb and Missy & Brian Monroe, and The Texas Tumbleweed. Tickets are $6 at the door with concessions available. Ayish Hall is located at 825 W. Columbia in San Augustine.