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Renewed Katy's Rice Festival to Bring Tradition, Family and Community Pride


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

September 3, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

Whether you grew up attending as a child or moved to Katy later in life, most residents have heard of the Katy Rice Harvest Festival. The almost 40-year event and city tradition is set for October 12-14, 2018 and plans are underway to return it to it's original glory.

Last summer Katy residents breathed a sigh of relief with the announcement that the City of Katy would pick up the much-loved Rice Harvest Festival previously managed by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner announced that the event would go on with it's new name, "City of Katy Rice Festival" back in June as reported by Katy Magazine. "Our goal is to bring the festival back to its original form," says Mayor Chuck Brawner. "It will be a family-oriented event with only quality arts and craft vendors, live music, excellent food, and drinks and fun for the whole family." The city is also teaming of up the Rotary Club of Katy.

What to expect

The event was initially created to celebrate Katy's history and rice. Katy was 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 amongst our great commercial growth and development. The City of Katy Rice Festival will bring people together with great company, music, entertainment, food, crafts and more. The event over time has grown from a few booths and a stage and up to 300 booths and crowds up to 45-50,000. 

"While we haven't been involved in the past, we want the event to continue it's iconic and long-lasting tradition to the city of Katy," said Kayce Reina, City of Katy's Director of Tourism and Marketing. "We are revitalizing it and focusing on our heritage and implementing quality standards to make this event one we can all be proud of. It has been a daunting task to put on this event in such a very short notice and having started from nothing."

In alignment with the city's goal they are bringing back some events sure to excite residents like the return of the popular rice cooking competition and student arts competition. They will introduce a new VIP area but all proceeds will be given back to the community in student scholarships and local charities through the Rotary Club of Katy.

The 3-day event starts the second weekend of October with the schedule as follows:

Friday October 12