Groves Pecan Festival’s Big 50

Where were you in 1969?

In a nutshell, the people of Groves, a neighbor to Port Arthur, have officially been nutty since 1969. It’s been carnivals, foods on sticks, music and fun ever since in an All-American, small-town atmosphere.

The Groves Pecan Festival’s 50th anniversary year culminates Oct. 24-27, 2019, at Lions Park, Jackson Street in Groves. The Groves Chamber of Commerce board invites visitors have a spin and a bite and enjoy local groups performing. Is your fur baby visiting, too? Enjoy the pet show.

What else happened in 1969?

  • The Beatles’ made their final public performance, on the roof of Apple Records
  • The first man landed on the moon on the Apollo 11 mission and Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.
  • Woodstock attracted more than 350,000 rock-n-roll fans. Janis Joplin performed. This rock queen is from Port Arthur, so catch her display at our Museum of the Gulf Coast.
  • First Concorde test flight was conducted in France
  • The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut
  • Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the epitome of the American muscle car, was introduced.

Groves Pecan Festival Schedule:

Entertainment sponsors are BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC and Groves Equipment Rental Co. Inc.

  • Thursday, Oct. 24 – 5-10 p.m. – Carnival, food and craft booths open, music.
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 5-11 p.m. Carnival, food and craft booths open with music from 5-7 p.m. and talent competition from 7-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. – Carnival, food and craft booths, local entertainment and contests throughout the day. Groves Got Talent contest 7-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 27, noon-6 p.m. – Carnival, craft and food booths; Pet show 1-3 p.m.; local entertainment.

For more information, call the Groves Chamber of Commerce of Commerce at (409) 962-3631

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