CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – The Katy Rice Festival happens this weekend. It’s set for October 12-14 in downtown Katy, between 1st Street and 4th Street and Avenue A and Avenue D.
The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce organized and staged the event in recent years, where it was known as the Katy Rice Harvest Festival. This year, the city and the Katy Rotary Club are operating the event and the chamber is not involved.
Unlike when the Chamber ran the event, the Rotary Club has added a beer garden available on Friday night. The time and date of all the events are below.
Earlier this year the city council approved a $78,000 convention and tourism board occupancy tax grant for the city to pay for the event.
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Festival attractions include arts and crafts for sale, children’s attractions and rides, live performances on two stages, food and beverage stations. According to grant application paperwork filed with the city, festival organizers said their goal “is to bring the festival back to its original form—a family-oriented event with quality arts and crafts vendors, live music, excellent food and drinks and fun for the whole family—an event the City of Katy, our residents and businesses and visitors would be proud of.”
According to the chamber, past festivals drew between 45-50,000 visitors each year, with many visitors coming from across Texas, as well as other states.