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Observe life in 1830's Texas.  Experience real Texas Revolutionary battle re-enactments.

Step back in time as you tour history and homes.

Come hear presentations on the history of Texas from distinguished lecturers from around Texas.

Tours & Games

November 7 & 8, 2014

Columbus Folk Fest

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Columbus Folk Fest 2014 - What to Expect!

​The 2014 Columbus Folk Fest is scheduled for Friday evening, November 7 and all day Saturday, November 8.  This year, we’re back in downtown Columbus around the beautiful newly renovated Colorado County Courthouse! As in years past, the event will be full of period music, lots of food and drinks and vendors selling interesting and unique items.   Folks will get in the spirit of old Texas as the Texas Army of 1836 returns and performs a battle re-enactment at Beason's Park complete with period costumes and weaponry.  No doubt you’ll mingle with soldiers from both armies – Texian and Mexican – around the square too.  This year, there will be two different camp sites that depict life in early Texas.  Near the courthouse square, you can visit the Pioneer Camp where you’ll see historical residents on an old wagon or in period tents living life as they did over 175 years ago.  You may well find a banjo picker or fiddler strumming their instruments.  Over at the Alley Cabin site, you can visit ‘A Day in 1800’s Texas’ where re-enactors will give you another perspective of the often harsh life in Revolutionary Texas.  See how brooms were made and meals were cooked and cotton was turned into thread. As is tradition, the Magnolia Belles will be presented on the Courthouse Square.  Afterwards, the Belles will perform as hostesses at the designated Columbus Historic Preservation Trust houses as part of the ever-popular Homes Tour.    Another popular attraction is the showcase of restored and preserved antique cars.  This year there will be more than ever as twenty or so vintage automobiles are expected to be on hand.   See them at the old Mayes Hotel lot. Cheer on your favorite contestant during the Miss Columbus Pageant.  The pageant will be at 2:00 upstairs at the Stafford Opera House. There will be games for the kids too.  One of the more interesting and fun attractions for the younger crown are the historical games.  The Lake Jackson Historical Society will once again host a set of games that were played over a century ago.  These aren’t video games!  They’re sure to challenge and provide a funtime for the youngsters. This year’s event will also include some new items.  Of course, the Columbus Folk Fest is aligned with the Nesbitt Memorial Library’s popular ‘Live Oaks and Dead Folks Cemetery Tour.'  This year, there will also be a Lantern Tour downtown on both Friday and Saturday evening where you can meet some folks that were present in the area during the time of the Texas Revolution.   Another new event will be the History Forum.  The Folk Fest has invited an impressive line-up of well respected lecturers that will give fascinating presentations about historical Texas.  The forum will go on all day Saturday commencing at 10:00 in the Buddy Rau Room of the Stafford Opera House. If you want some interesting exercise with the chance of winning prizes, try your hand at this year’s Scavenger Hunt.  Even if you think you know downtown Columbus, you might be surprised.  The search will be on after you’re given a list of clues.  Do you have what it takes to win? As you can see, there will be plenty to see and do at this year’s Columbus Folk Fest.  Come down and visit and tell all your friends!



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