Here’s the schedule of events for the 82nd Annual East Texas Yamboree

Courtsey: East Texas Yamboree Association Facebook

The East Texas Yamboree is one of the longest running festivals in Texas bringing over 100,000 people to the city of Gilmer every year. It’s always takes place during the 3rd week in October, so this year the 2019 festival is taking place from Friday, October 11th through Saturday, October 19th.

Here’s the schedule of events for the 82nd Annual East Texas Yamboree:

Friday, October 11th

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.– Quilt Show (CC)

Saturday, October 12th

  • 7:30 a.m.-Tater Trot (HS)
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.-Quilt Show (CC)

Wednesday, October 16th

  • 7 a.m.-Broiler Sifting and Show (YP)
  • 10:30 a.m.– Museum opens
  • 10:30 a.m.– Display of Queen’s Gowns
  • 11 a.m.– Rabbit Check-in, Sift and Show (YP)
  • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.– Home Canning entries accepted (YP)
  • 4 p.m.– Market Swine Weigh-in (YP)
  • 5 pm.– Shop Project Check-in (YP)
  • 6 p.m.– Carnival/Youth Night (CS)
  • 6 p.m.-All rides ½ price til midnight
  • 7:30 p.m.– Queen’s Coronation (CC)

Thursday, October 17th

  • 8:30 a.m.– Market Swine Show (YP)
  • 9  a.m.– Home Canning Judging (YP)
  • 10 a.m.– Bandstand opens (CS)
  • 10 a.m.– Inside Exhibits (YP)
  • 10:15 a.m.– Coffee for Queen/Court in the First Baptist Church Parlor on Cass Street
  • 10:30 a.m.– Museum Opens
  • 10:30 a.m.– Display of Queen’s Gowns
  • 11:45 a.m.– All Service Club Luncheon (HS)
  • 12 p.m.– Carnival opens (CS)
  • 12 p.m.– Outside Exhibits open (YP)
  • 12 p.m.– Goat Weigh-in (YP)
  • 1 p.m.– Goat Show (YP)
  • 5 p.m.– Steer Weigh-In & Dairy Heifer Udder Check (YP)
  • 6 p.m.– Inside Exhibits close (YP)
  • 7:30 p.m.– Queen’s Coronation (CC)
  • 8:30 p.m.– Street Dance at Bandstand (CS)
  • 10 p.m.– Queen’s Ball for Queen Yam and her Court (By invitation only)

Friday, October 18th

  • 8 a.m.– Shop Project (YP)
  • 9 a.m.– Outside Exhibits open (YP)
  • 9 a.m.-Bandstand opens (CS)
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.– Yam Pie Check-In (YP)
  • 10 a.m.– Inside Exhibits open (YP)
  • 10:30 a.m.– Museum opens
  • 10:30 a.m.– Display of Queen’s Gowns
  • 11 a.m.– School/Youth Parade (CS)
  • 12 p.m.– Carnival opens (CS)
  • 12 p.m.– Area bands perform on Bandstand (CS)
  • 12 p.m.– Yam Pie Judging (YP)
  • 1:30 p.m.– Steer Show (YP)
  • 3 p.m.– Commercial Dairy Show, Open Jr. Dairy Show (immediately following Commercial Dairy) (YP)
  • 3 p.m.– Yam Pie results (YP)
  • 4 p.m.– Gospel Stage opens (CC)
  • 6 p.m.– Inside Exhibits close (YP)
  • 8:30 p.m.– Street Dance at Bandstand (CS)

Saturday, October 19th

  • 8 a.m.– Jr. Beef Judging,
  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.– Antique/Classic Car Show (W. Cass St.)
  • 9 a.m.– Outside Exhibits open (YP)
  • 9 a.m.– Bandstand opens (CS)
  • 10 a.m.– Inside Exhibits open (YP)
  • 10 a.m.– Fiddler’s Contest registration – Bandstand (CS)
  • 10:30 a.m.– Museum opens
  • 10:30 a.m.– Display of Queen’s Gowns
  • 11 a.m.– Queen’s Parade (CS)
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.– Yamboree Barbecue (YP)
  • 12 p.m.– Gospel Stage opens (CC)
  • 12 p.m.-Carnival opens (CS)
  • 1 p.m.– Fiddler’s Contest (CS)
  • 1 p.m.– Marching Contest (HS)
  • 1:45 p.m.– Livestock Pre-sale Activities (YP)
  • 2 p.m.– Livestock Sale (YP)
  • 6 p.m.– Inside Exhibits close (YP)
  • 8 p.m.– Barn Dance (NYEC)
  • 8:30 p.m.– Street Dance at Bandstand (CS)
(Event location Key:
YP: Yamboree Park – Click here for Google Map
CS: Courthouse Square – Click here for Google Map
NYEC: New Yamboree Event Center – Click here for Google Map
CC: Civic Center – Click here for Google Map
WH: Wesley House – Click here for Google Map
HS: Gilmer High School  – Click here for Google Map)
Courtesy: East Texas Yamboree Association Facebook

So what makes the Yamboree special to so many?

According to the East Texas Yamboree website, many would say it’s the great carnival that we make sure to expand every year with many exciting new rides and attractions. Others have said that its the wonderful Queen’s Coronation Pageant with all its beautiful and talented young ladies and the spectacle that they bring to our stage. Then we have the Livestock Show and Sale where one gets to enjoy seeing the animals and shop projects that our youth have worked so hard on for sale.

Others love the barn dance where we get to see the rising young stars of country music and dance the night away. Let’s not forget the the school and the grand spectacle of the Queen’s Parade, gospel singing, the outside exhibits where people come to sell all types of wares. Then we have the art and photography shows, the food (that’s one of my favorites), high school football, spending time with family and old friends plus myriad other activities taking place over this special weekend in October.

All of these things and more make the East Texas Yamboree an event that people come from all over the world to enjoy every year.

Learn more about the East Texas Yamboree here.

You can also follow the East Texas Yamboree Association on Facebook for events, updates and more.

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