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2017 Hot Pepper Festival promises free family fun

PALESTINE, OCTOBER 9, 2017  – On October 21, the streets of downtown Palestine will fill as the Hot Pepper Festival, the city’s largest event, kicks off with fun for the entire family.

This year’s Hot Pepper Festival will feature an exciting, family-friendly atmosphere that is free for the public, including parking, admission and tons of free interactive entertainment.

“The Hot Pepper Festival Committee decided to keep the theme ‘Everything’s Hotter in Texas!’ since it seems to fit the festival’s title and everyone has fun with it,” Danielle Shultz, Project Manager announced.

Some of the free interactive entertainment to look forward to include a zip line, rock wall, shooting gallery, mechanical bull riding, zorb ball racing, and  a log slammer. Adding to the excitement, laser tag, as well as human foosball, will be free this year.  The annual Hot Pepper Eating Contest (sponsored by Brookshire’s) always draws a diverse and fun crowd. This year, 100 contestants will be allowed to participate, and each will receive a medal. 1st place winner will receive a $100, and 2nd place winner will receive a $50.  

“A record number of vendors have already signed up to participate at this year’s Hot Pepper Festival,” Shultz said. “With as many of the new and returning vendors we already have, Downtown Palestine is sure to have something for everyone!”

This year’s entertainment on the festival’s main stage will also be free this year. Blindpursuit will open the show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Hot Pepper Eating Contest will be from 1p.m. – 2p.m., and the Wesley Pruitt Band will headline the show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hot Pepper Festival Committee would like to thank this year’s sponsors for making the 2017 Hot Pepper Festival a success: Palestine Economic Development Corporation, Citizens National Bank, Sonic, TLC Media, Palestine Air & Heat, Sanderson Farms, Metro PCS, Island Tans, Red's 24/7, Shelton Gin, Whitaker & Whitaker, Brookshire's, Palestine Sign Company, City of Palestine

The festival kicks off with the annual parade, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Anderson County Courthouse traveling down Avenue A, then making a right on Main Street. The parade continues right onto Queen Street, and returns to the courthouse via Lacy Street.

Applications for the Hot Pepper Festival Parade can be found at the City of Palestine’s Visitor Center, 825 W. Spring St., or online at cityofpalestinetx.com on the Hot Pepper Festival page. Completed applications can be dropped off at the Palestine Visitor Center, or emailed to Diane Davis, the Parade Coordinator, tripled_2001@hotmail.com.

First, second and third place Hot Pepper Festival Parade trophies will be given in four categories: cars, horses, floats and bands. The overall winner will receive $300.

For additional information or to become a vendor for this year’s Hot Pepper Festival, call Danielle Shultz at 903-731-8437.

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