Katy Residents and Visitors Enjoy Annual Rice Harvest Festival

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CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—At the Katy City Council meeting earlier this week, and again Saturday, Mayor Chuck Brawner said the annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival would give people a chance to have some fun following the recent hurricane.

He was right on the mark. On Saturday morning festival attendees were enjoying themselves. They certainly had plenty of attractions from which to choose, ranging from arts and crafts for sale, children’s rides and attractions, food, and well-placed beverage stations.

Live performances on two stages, beginning at 12 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, provided other entertainment options for attendees to enjoy.

Booths were set up by local businesses, professional networking and social organizations, and churches, among other groups.

Some attendees brought their pets, which organizers said are welcome provided that they are kept on a leash or carried by their owners.

According to the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, the festival draws between 45,000 to 50,000 visitors each year. Many come from across Texas, and from other states.

The first such celebration called a “Sellabration,” was held in 1978. Its purpose was to honor the local rice farmers and their contributions to the local economy.

The festival became known as the Rice Harvest Festival when it was held the second weekend of October 1981. The festival takes place in downtown Katy, between 1st Street and 4th Street and Avenue A and Avenue D.

Tickets are $10. Children age 10 and under are admitted free. The festival concludes tomorrow. For more information, visit the website.