It's an insect most people could do without. That's probably why there aren't many events dedicated to the mosquito. But in Clute Texas, this lowly pest becomes a local celebrity for a few days during the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, one of the most unique and popular annual events in the state (called “America's Number One Wackiest Summer Event” by Trip Advisor!)
From July 24-26, the fun starts at the front entrance where you're greeted by the largest mosquito in Texas, the bright yellow inflatable "Willie Man-Chew" wearing a cowboy hat and boots. This 3-day celebration features almost too many events to list, but we'll include a few here: more than 85 arts and crafts and food booths, novelty games such as the annual horseshoes and washers competition and a dodge ball pitch, carnival rides and a variety of contests for all ages, including the Mr. and Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, Mosquito Calling Contest and Skeeter Beaters Baby Crawling Contest. However, it is the quality live entertainment that has firmly established the Mosquito Festival as a 'must-attend' event. Headlining this year's stage are Turnpike Troubadours, JB and the Moonshine Band and Reckless Kelly. The website shows a complete list of performers and schedule of events.
Clute is located less than an hour north of Houston. The festival's annual attendance is around 20,000 people. (No official count on the number of mosquitoes though.) Details on free and discounted admission prices can be found here.
For more information, visit:
The Great Texas Mosquito Festival
100 Park View Drive
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