Festival and Events
Annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show
Each spring on Friday and Saturday of the third weekend in April, the East Texas Antique Tractor and Engine Association presents its annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show. This event is held at the Rusk County Youth and Exposition Center at 3303 FM 13 West along side the runway of the Rusk County Airport. Travelers from all over the country come to view the vintage display. Along with the display, attractions include small engine display, hay baling, corn grinding, antique tools, horse grinding equipment, tractor races, tractor games, tractor parade, rope making, and tractor pull. For more information contact Don Reynolds (903) 889-2671 or Contact:
(903) 657-6551 Ext. 268
Sacred Harp Singing Convention
The 157th Annual East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention will meet 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday through Sunday, August 12th and 13th, 2017, in the Henderson Civic Center 1500 Lake Forest Parkway, Henderson. The public is cordially invited. Sacred Harp is a style of singing taken from the name of a songbook printed in the early 1844. The 500-page book features mostly religious songs. Four geometrically shaped notes, representing the Old English syllables, ‘fa,’ ‘sol,’ ‘la,’ and ‘mi,’ instruct the singers in the rendition of the melody. Sacred Harp is traditionally sung a Capella (without instruments). In the latter 1700s, the American-inspired ‘shaped note system’ was adapted to the solemnization of the Old English syllables as a method of teaching the masses how to sing. The method spread from New England to the Old South and the Old West, inspiring the writing of more than 100 shaped note songbooks. For more information, contact Robert Vaughn at (903) 863-5379 or the Contact:
(903) 657-6551 Ext. 268
Annual PRCA Rodeo
The Rusk County Rodeo Association will hold their Annual PRCA Dodge Series Rodeo on October 12-14, 2017, at the Rusk County Expo Center located at 3303 FM 13 West. Events include: bull riding, bare back riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, and ladies barrel racing. Activities for the young at heart include: Wild goose chase for children ages 12 and under and a calf scramble. Clown acts are performed during the event. Rodeo hotline: Boot Barn (903) 657-3699.
Heritage Syrup Festival
The tradition of ribbon cane syrup making will be commemorated at the 27th Annual Heritage Syrup Festival, November 14, 2015, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The highlight of the only folk life festival in East Texas is the syrup making demonstration on the Depot Museum grounds. Experienced syrup makers operate the Museum’s antique mule powered equipment to produce “old fashioned” cane syrup. While the syrup cooks, other folk artist demonstrate the techniques of lace making, rope making, basket making, blacksmith, wood carving, quilting, and other old-time survival skills.
Bluegrass and folk singers entertain; antique tractors whine, a petting zoo, and local civic organizations offer a varied selection of food and beverages. From the Museum, the festivities spread six blocks to Heritage Square which is located in the National Register Historic District. Browse among the 200 booths, sample East Texas cuisine, experience a variety of music on stage #1. Enjoy Henderson Civic Theater's melodrama production at the Opera House. A fun filled experience awaits you on stage #2 where you will be entertained by cloggers and square dancers.
Relive history while you visit the antique and classic car exhibit. The children’s section provides activities which are sure to promise a fun filled day for the entire family. Hay ride shuttles sponsored by the Rusk County 4-H Club provides rustic transportation between the Depot Museum and Downtown Heritage Square. Suzanne Cross (903) 657-6551 EXT. 268 OR The Depot Museum (903) 657-4303.