The Groves Pecan Festival and Groves Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to encourage every one of ALL AGES to come out and visit our Groves Pecan Festival 50th Anniversary which was started in 1969. What other important things happened in 1969 included The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records, First Concorde test flight is conducted in France. Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the epitome of the American muscle car, is introduced. The first man landed on the moon on the Apollo 11 mission by the United States, and Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon, and Woodstock attracted more than 350,000 rock-n-roll fans. Listed below are the various events which will occur prior to the actual festival schedule for Thursday, October 24 – Sunday, October 27, 2019
The Groves Pecan Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, September 21st. The pageant will be held at Groves Elementary School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. For further information call the Groves Chamber of Commerce at 962-3631. The Chamber office is located at 4399 Main Ave. and this year’s sponsor is once again ENTERGY.
The Groves Pecan Festival Parade will be held Saturday, September 28th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Lineup will begin at 8:30 a.m., entering at Terrell & Cleveland. The parade begins at 39thSt. at Cleveland Ave. and heads west on 39th St., then travels down 39th St. to Gulf Ave. where the parade ends after making a right turn on Gulf Ave. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade should come by the Groves Chamber of Commerce office located at 4399 Main Ave., and pick up an instruction guide with the parade route and rules by Wednesday, September 25th. If you have any questions or need further information, please call our Chamber office at 962-3631. Parade sponsor is Philpott Ford.
The Groves Pecan Festival Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, October 19th, at Babe Zaharias Golf Course, 3500 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Port Arthur, TX 77642. Registration should be made in advance. Make registration checks to: K of C #3491-Pecan Fest. Golf and may be mailed to P. O. Box 726, Groves, Texas 77619. For Raffle Donations and Hole Sponsorships call Paul Patin. For questions regarding registration you may call Leroy Falcon at 409-960-2475 or Paul Patin at 409-960-4250.
Groves Pecan Festival Art/Photo Contest The Groves Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center would like to extend an invitation to those wishing to participate in the 2019 Groves Pecan Festival Art/Photo Contest. Starting on October 7, 2019, applications to enter this event can be obtained at the Groves Chamber of Commerce office located at 4399 Main Ave., Mon – Thursday, 9am – 4:30pm and Friday 9am – 12noon . Entries can be submitted for the contest on Tuesday – Thursday, Oct. 15 – 16 – 17, 2019. The Awards Reception will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Groves Public Library located at 5600 West Washington, Groves, TX 77619. If you have any questions, or need further information, please call Chairperson Don Sodman at (409) 433-3126 or the Groves Chamber office at (409) 962-3631.The Groves Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center would like to extend an invitation to those wishing to participate in the 2019 Groves Pecan Festival Art/Photo Contest. Each classification willhave two divisions, Youth (17 and under) and Adults (18 and over). Applications to enter this event can be obtained at the Groves Chamber of Commerce office located at 4399 Main Ave., Mon – Thurs 9am – 4:30pm. Entries can be turned in on Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 15 -17. Entry fee is be $5.00 per entry, with a three Artwork/Photo entry limit per person. (CASH AND CHECKS ONLY * CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO GROVES PECAN FESTIVAL * NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED).
Entries for the Photo Contest must be an 8 X 10 matted photo. Entries for the Art Contest must be no-larger-than 16 X 20. Artwork/Photos must be appropriate for family viewing, and only original Artwork/Photos will be accepted. Only one entry per category will be allowed to place in the awards. The deadline for all entries is Thursday, October 17, 2019. The Awards Reception will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Groves Public Library, 5600 W. Washington Ave. If you have any questions or need further information, please call the Groves Chamber office at (409) 962-3631 or Don Sodman at (409) 433-3126.
This year’s 50th annual Festival runs from Thursday, October 24th through Sunday, October 27th. The Groves Pecan Festival Carnival opens in Lion’s Park, along with the craft and food booths, on Thursday and Friday at 5:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Additionally, there will be entertainment and events which will run throughout the festival. Lion’s Park is located at 6200 Jackson. There is no charge for admission. You can eat your way through the food area with ice cream, funnel cakes, pecan pie, fried desserts, curly fries, gumbo, hamburgers, barbecue, pork-a-bobs, boudain balls, nachos, pistolettes, breakfast food etc., then you can wash it down with freshly squeezed homemade lemonade. Also, the craft area should have something for everyone. This year’s Platinum Sponsor is once again TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc.
Reed Exposition Midway, LLC Carnival rides during the festival begin at 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24th, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th, and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27th ending the festival.
Carnival Ride Arm Bands will be available on Thursday, October 24th for the price of $25.00 and for Friday, October 25th for the price of $25.00. Arm Bands will also be available for Saturday, October 26th. The price will be $25.00 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and $25.00 from 5:00 p.m. to close, or you may purchase an ALL-DAY Arm Band for $35.00. On Sunday, October 27th, Arm Bands will be available for $25.00 from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. This will allow an Arm Band holder to ride on the day of purchase. Arm Bands will be on sale in the carnival area at the ticket booth in Lion’s Park. Arm Band Sponsors are: Thursday night – MARKET BASKET and Saturday night – Gulf Credit Union.
Starting on Monday, October 21st, the 2019 Groves Pecan Festival Treasure Hunt will begin. Clues will appear on the “Groves Pecan Festival” Facebook page 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Bonus clues for the dailies will be 7:00 p.m. the following day. Bonus clue for the Grand Prize, if needed, will be Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at noon.Hunters can find daily Golden Pecans worth $50 (Monday-Thursday) and there will be a grand prize of $400. The daily clues WILL NOT appear in The Port Arthur News any longer. This year’s sponsor will once again be Levingston Funeral Home. The treasure is hidden in the city limits of Groves and destruction of property is not needed to find it. PLEASE NOTE: The treasure IS NOT located in the Horseshoe Pit in Lion’s Park or in CELEBRATION PARK located at the corner of Lincoln Ave. and Coolidge. All treasures are on property accessible to the public. If you think you have found the Golden Pecan and/or the Grand Prize, post on Facebook page the confirmation code so the find can be confirmed. Then you will need to take it to Groves Chamber office at 4399 Main Ave. through Thursday, October 24th or to the Chamber of Commerce booth on the festival grounds Friday – Sunday, October 25th – 27th, to receive your prize. All efforts will be made to notify treasure hunters, as soon as possible, through FACEBOOK, that a treasure has been found. ALL Golden Pecans and/or the Grand Prize which have NOT been turned into the Groves Chamber of Commerce before 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 27th WILL BE DECLARED NULL AND VOID.
For festival information, call the Groves Chamber of Commerce of Commerce at (409) 962-3631. This year’s Chairperson is Ricky Brannen.
2019 Groves Pecan Festival Mega Passes can be purchased for $40.00 each, which will entitle the bearer to ride unlimited rides during the festival beginning 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm on Thursday, October 24th, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm on Friday, October 25th, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm on Saturday, October 26th, and 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27th ending the festival. Mega Passes for the Groves Pecan Festival carnival rides can be purchased at the Groves Chamber Office, 4399 Main Ave. in Groves.
Mega Pass Sales Schedule – Chamber Office
- Monday, October 7th – Thursday, October 10th, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, October 12th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Monday, October 14th – Thursday, October 17th, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, October 19th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Monday October 21st, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 22nd, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 23rd, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.
CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT TO HAVE PICTURES TAKEN FOR THE PASSES. Mega Pass and Lanyard Sponsor is MCT Credit Union *** NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. ***
Groves Pecan Festival WASHER BOARD TOURNAMENT: Saturday, October 26th in Lion’s Park, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The contest will consist of up to 18 teams and will be a Double Elimination Tournament. More details to follow……….
The Cooking with Pecans Contest, sponsored by Oak Grove Nursing Home and Julian Salter Insurance Company will be held on Saturday, October 26th. Entries will be accepted at the Center Tent on the festival grounds from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Judging begins at 4:30 p.m. with winners being announced at the festival stage area at 7:00 p.m. Entry forms will be available at the Chamber booth on the festival grounds until noon on Saturday, October 26th.
The Groves Pecan Festival Pet Show, sponsored by Wilcox Veterinary Clinic and Snooper’s Paradise, will be Sunday, October 27th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Lee Rodgers Pavilion located in Lion’s Park. Pet Show registration begins at 12 noon. The Chairperson is Carol Sigona.
The Horseshoe Tournament – will be held in Lion’s Park, located at 6200 Jackson, on Sunday, October 27th. Entry fees will be $30 for the Doubles Horseshoe Tournament and $5 for Singles. The Doubles Horseshoe Tournament will begin at 1:00 PM, with Singles to follow Doubles. Sign-up begins 1 hour prior to start time. Email confirmations to firstname.lastname@example.org. *BRING PERSONAL HORSESHOES*
Festival Weekend Schedule of Events
Entertainment Sponsors are BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC & Groves Equipment Rental Co. Inc.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Continuous Entertainment: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Carnival, Food, and Craft Booths Open
- 5:00 -10:00 p.m. Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service will once again entertain festival goers.
Friday, October 25, 2019
Continuous Entertainment: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Carnival, Food, and Craft Booths Open
- 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Music by Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service
- 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. GROVES GOT TALENT COMPETITION (1st Night)
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Entertainment: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Carnival, Food and Craft Booths Open
- 11:00 a.m. – Festival Kick-Off – The National Anthem will be sung by BEAU WILSON!
- 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tonalta School of Music
- 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Music by Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service.
- 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Armentor’s United Martial Arts
- 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. DANCEWORKS
- 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Debbie’s Dance Etc.
- 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.. Music by Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service
- 6:00 p.m. – Introduction of the 2019 Groves Pecan Pageant Queen and her Court.
- 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Announce the winners of the “Cooking with Pecans” contest
- 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. GROVES GOT TALENT CONTEST Semi Finals/Finals/Winners Announcement. (2nd Night)
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Continuous Entertainment: The Groves Pecan Festival Carnival opens in Lion’s Park, along with the craft and food booths from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m.
Entertainment & Events: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Music by Beau Wilson of Electrifying Sounds DJ Service
- 12:00 Noon Pet Show Registration at Lee Rodgers Pavilion.
The Groves Pecan Festival Pet Show, sponsored by Wilcox Veterinary Clinic and Snooper’s Paradise will be Sunday, October 27th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Lee Rodgers Pavilion located in Lion’s Park. The Chairperson is Carol Sigona
- 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PET SHOW
- 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Port Neches Middle School Choir
- 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Groves Middle School Choir 6:00 p.m. END of FESTIVAL