SPECIAL EVENTS HAPPEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR IN THE SANTA FE AREA, GIVING YOU PLENTY TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND ENJOY. SANTA FE’S CONVENIENT LOCATION GIVES RESIDENTS THE ADDED BENEFIT OF ENJOYING THE MANY FESTIVALS IN THE LARGER CITIES OF GALVESTON AND HOUSTON, WHILE STILL BEING IMMERSED IN THE -COMMUNITY LIFE FOUND ONLY IN SMALLER CITIES.
From the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo to the Heritage Festival, the community’s festivals and events are unique and unparalleled. Residents of Santa Fe know how to enjoy life and have a good time celebrating their heritage.
The Galveston County Fair and Rodeo is held each April at Jack Brooks Park. The park is located just off of Highway 6 in Hitchcock, a short 7-mile drive from Santa Fe. There is plenty of community involvement at the fair and, regardless of your interest, there is something for you to get involved with, too. The youth of the county work hard throughout the year raising livestock to enter in the 4-H livestock show. Teaching the values of hard work, responsibility and healthy competition is a great benefit of the livestock show. Seeing the joy on the face of a young blue ribbon winner makes the event a joy for everyone and makes it easy to know that all their hard work was worth it.
Another event not to be missed at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo is the annual Barbeque Cook-Off. Just one whiff and you’ll be hooked, as the delectable scents waft through the air and draw you in. Each year both veterans and newcomers put their barbeque skills to the test in quest of the coveted blue ribbon. Come see the barbeque masters at work and enjoy a taste of a good old Texas barbeque.
Of course, a county fair and rodeo would not be complete without a first-class rodeo and bull riding, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo. Cowboys and cowgirls from all over the United States come to compete and show their athletic ability at the rodeo each year. Mix the cowboys and cowgirls with top-quality rodeo livestock, and you have a rodeo that you won’t soon forget.
There are contests to enter throughout the fair for every age group, including the Pee Wee Pig Show for the little tykes. Booths filled with vendors selling their wares and arts and craft shows to browse through keep people of all interests busy. Come see what all the fuss is about and enjoy nine days packed with great food, great entertainment, great friends and great fun at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo.
The Heritage Festival, sponsored by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, is another event residents of Santa Fe look forward to every other year. The largest event in Santa Fe, the Heritage Festival offers live music and entertainment, arts and crafts booths, terrific food and drinks, games and events, a silent auction and raffle, a beauty pageant, a motorcycle poker run, and much more. Come enjoy a weekend of fun at the annual Heritage Festival.
Another annual event in the Santa Fe area is the Cockroach Festival. This two-day event is entering its second decade in a new location. Once held in the parking lot of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the festival’s sponsors, the festival outgrew the space and is now held at Runge Park. There are many festivities to take part in during the festival, including the barbeque cook-off, cake wheel, arts and crafts booths, live music, and an auction to benefit local Santa Fe student scholarships. And the festival’s honorees take center stage when the roach races begin. Entrants to the race are encouraged to B.Y.O.C. bring your own cockroach but if you have trouble corralling one on your own, the organizers have a stable of bugs on hand. If your bug isn’t the fastest, maybe it’s the biggest there’s also a contest for the festival’s biggest roach, with the winners measuring up to 3 inches. This unique festival with its unique focus has brought a lot of attention to Santa Fe, with people from all over the world calling to learn about this one-of-a-kind event.
Santa Fe is home to the Mark Kilroy Foundation, which puts together several unique events throughout the year. Each year the Foundation hosts an annual dinner/dance fundraiser to raise the necessary money for yearly programs. The Mark Kilroy Foundation S.A.F.E. program offers free summer programs to area youth each year. The four-week program consists of four week-long camps with different themes. The camps are designed to keep the youth of Santa Fe drug-free. The Foundation also hosts free golf and tennis clinics throughout the summer months for junior and senior high school youth. For more information on Mark Kilroy Foundation events, please call 409-925-7771.