|Posted on 10/27/2017 9:19:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- The barn doors of the Texas Agricultural Education & Heritage Center, a.k.a. The Big Red Barn, will also open up this Saturday as part of this weekend's Pecan Fest & Heritage Days celebration. A number of events are slated at the Big Red Barn which includes the site of the Pecan Museum of Texas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Among the newest annual traditions is the Pecan Queen contest. Coordinator Gail Damerau says the contest is a resurrection of a local tradition that celebrates the pecan crop in area.
"I think if I'm remembering my notes correctly, this is possibly the 10th year. So it goes back as far as 1968 and also 1975. We actually have a couple of ladies that were past Pecan Queens. Since the Texas Agricultural Heritage Center has the Pecan Museum and we actually have a pecan cape that came from Charla Bading and her sisters were all pecan past queens in a region deal in Menard where they were from. I looked at it and decided hey. we should do something with that and do a pageant and have a Pecan Queen as one of our ambassadors and be available for different pecan events and to help also focus on the Texas Agricultural Heritage Center," said Damerau.
A pair of contestants will be competing for the crown. The first contestant is Taylor Abigaile Maberry, of Marion. Maberry is a junior at Bluebonnet Academy and the daughter of Bill and Abbie Maberry. The second contestant is Georgia Claire Nickel of Seguin. Nickel is a freshman at Seguin High School and the daughter of Angela Dickerson and Michael Nickel.
Other events planned include the annual Pecan Bake Off, puppet show, arts and crafts vendors, tours of the Community Village and petting of farm animals. Local Jeep clubs will also gather this year to display their vehicles. The annual turkey and dressing meal will also be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10 a plate.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 3 to 10-years-old. Those interested in the Pecan Bake Off are asked to visit texagedu.org or call 830-379-0933. Free parking and shuttle rides to downtown events will also be provided. The Big Red Barn is located at 390 Cordova Road.
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