Great Texas Mosquito Festival

The Great Texas Mosquito Festival kicks off their 33rd annual event from July 25 to 27 in Clute, with activities and entertainment for all ages. Last year, Trip Advisor named it as the country’s number one wackiest summer event. Hovering overhead will be festival favorite Willie-Man-Chew, a 26-foot Texas mosquito sporting a cowboy hat, boots, blow-up wings and a big stinger.

Kids can enjoy carnival rides and games, a 600-meter Fun Run, a Skeeter Beaters baby crawling contest, 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, cooking contest, horseshoe pitching, a haystack dive, senior citizen bingo, a mechanical bull, drawings for prizes and a mosquitocalling contest. A comedy magician, strolling musicians, food vendors, midway games, arts and crafts booths and carnival rides provide entertainment for all ages.

Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight, July 25 and 26, and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., July 27. Adult, senior citizen and children tickets vary by day. Admission is free for children 5 and under. All live concerts are included in the admission price.

Location: Clute Municipal Park, Clute. For more info, call 800-371-2971 or visit MosquitoFestival.com.

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