(Seguin) -- A new royal tradition is cropping up in Seguin and Guadalupe County. A new Pecan Queen is set to be crowned during this year's Go Nuts: Pecan Fest Heritage Days 2016. The contest is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29th at the Texas Agricultural Education & Heritage Center.
Jenny Siltmann, the chairperson for the Pecan Fest events at the Big Red Barn, says although new today, the tradition existed years ago.
"Well, the queen's contest used to be held a long time ago. Apparently, nobody has been keeping records. Now that I've been talking to people, information has been falling out of the sky of all of these years (that) there used to be a Pecan Queen. We decided to redevelop that this year. Then on that morning, they will have an interview with some judges. They have to make a presentation. The judges will judge that interview that they're going to have plus the presentation. Then at one o'clock, we'll make another presentation with all of the girls (and their)write ups that they have and they of course have to address something that has to do with pecans," said Siltmann.
This year's competition will feature two candidates. They include Mikaela Williams, 17, of Spring Branch in Comal County and Shannon Anderson, 14, of Seguin.
Siltmann says they are excited to host the event in hopes of regenerating interest in the pecan industry in the area.
"First of all, while the pecan industry used to be very much important in Seguin -- it's kind of diminishing. Some of the folks who used to be the ones who had all of the pecan industry are now just passing it on to families or have lost interest, because they're getting to old. So hopefully, we're reuniting the pecan museum and the pecan queen so we can maybe focus on the pecan industry a little bit more and we'll have those girls represent some of the events that have to do with pecans as well," said Siltmann.
The Pecan Queen contest is one of several events planned for Seguin this coming weekend. Both the Big Red Barn and Seguin Main Street Program have several scheduled events to help celebrate the nutty nature of the town.
The schedule begins Friday with tours at the Sebastopol House, Wine Tasting at the Blue Lotus Winery and Texas Mead Works and the first ever Pecan Fest Pub Crawl in which individuals will get a bar pass for special drink prices on pecan inspired drinks. Register in Central Park to earn prizes.
Some of the events on Saturday include the Tour de Pecan Bike Ride; Trade Days, the Pecan Bake Show and Turkey Meal at the Big Red Barn; a canine costume contest, a Haunted House at Magnolia and a Pecan Party featuring Hats Off to Juan Seguin.
Events continue on Sunday with events such as the 5th Annual Historic Riverside Cemetery Tour in which visitors will get personal accounts on the lives of eight influential Seguinites buried at the local cemetery.
A complete list of all events and details can be found at www.SeguinGoNuts.com