KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
August 4, 2022
By Natalie Cook Clark
The City of Katy is gearing up for the 42nd annual Katy Rice Festival. Vendors, volunteers, and parade participants are all needed for this historic and always anticipated event.
Historic Katy Rice Festival Seeks Vendors, Volunteers, Parade Participants
Katy Rice Festival is currently seeking vendors, volunteers, and parade applicants. Vendor applications close on August 8, 2022.
"We are excited once again to be partnering with the Rotary Club of Katy to sponsor another great event," says Katy Mayor William "Dusty" Thiele.
Celebrating 42 Years of Tradition
The Katy Rice Festival started in 1980 and was initially created to celebrate Katy's history and rice. Katy was known as the "Rice Capital of the World" and the remnants of that history can still be seen from I-10 in the form of the rice silos among the town's commercial growth and development.
The Katy Rice Festival brings the community together each year to celebrate Katy’s history and to give back to the residents. The historic event has been known to bring in crowds from 45-50,000.
"The Katy Rice Festival is an amazing charitable event since all net proceeds will be donated to Katy students and charities through scholarships and donations by our partners at the Rotary Club of Katy," says Thiele.
“Katy Rice Festival is a tradition that is both famous and fun in the Katy area and beyond,” says Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harris. “This year we will have new attractions back, including the carnival, good small-town fun for all.”
Festival Needs Community Involvement
The Katy Rice Festival is seeking volunteers, sponsors and vendors. Learn more and get involved by visiting the website.
“Every volunteer hour allows funding to be donated to Katy kids and Katy non-profits,” says Harris.
The event kicks off Friday, October 7, 2022 and goes through Sunday, October 9, 2022. There will be live entertainment. food and beer, arts and craft vendor shopping, and more Katy fun.
“This year we are excited to see the return of three elements from prior Festivals - the rice cooking contest hosted by the Fussell Senior Center, the Katy ISD art contest, and thanks to our friends at the Lions Club of Katy, the carnival,” says Kevin Browne, City of Katy Parks and Recreation Director.
Tickets to the Katy Rice Festival are $10 with children 12 years of age and under free.
“The Katy Rice Festival is the iconic event for the City and serves to highlight the wonderful traditions and community spirit that Katy is known for,” says Browne.
“We are looking forward to sharing the Katy Rice Festival experience with all our citizens and their families,” says Mayor Thiele. “We want everyone to come and enjoy this historic Katy event which has been one of the great traditions of our city for many years.”