Great Texas Mosquito Festival kicks off the 32nd annual family-friendly event from 5 p.m. to midnight, July 26, 9 a.m. to midnight, July 27 and 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., July 28, in Clute, with activities and entertainment for all ages. Headliners include David Allan Coe and Kevin Fowler.
For children, there are carnival rides and games, a Texas Junior Anglers "Catch Tank", a kid's 600-meter Fun Run, a “Skeeter Beaters” baby crawling contest and a seminar on building fishing lures, as well as funnel cakes and festival treats, a petting zoo with exotic animals, pony rides, face painting and a “You Beautiful Doll” contest.
For adults, there is a 5K run, BBQ & Fajita Cookoff, BBQ Grill Master Competition, horseshoe pitching contest, haystack dive, senior citizen Bingo, mechanical bull, drawings for prizes and a variety of contests. All-day entertainment, including a comedic magician and strolling musicians, food vendors, midway games, arts and crafts booths, mosquito-calling contest and carnival rides for the entire family.
Hovering over the festival activities is the festival mascot, Willie-Man-Chew, a 26-foot-long Texas mosquito, with cowboy hat, boots, blow-up wings and a big stinger: the world's largest mosquito. A favorite tradition is to get a souvenir photo with Willie before or after the haystack dive.
Location: Clute Municipal Park, Clute. For more information, call 800-371-2971 or visit MosquitoFestival.com.