Annual Cherokee Rose Festival – May 15th

Join the Cherokee Rose Festival on the Gilmer Square Saturday May 15th, 2021.

The event kicks off this year with the hugely popular Turtle Race sponsored by First National Bank of East Texas is scheduled for 9:00am with the youth, then adult, churches, and last the business division. There will be $100, $50, and $25 dollar prize monies for youth and adult divisions in the Turtle Race with a $1.00 entry fee to benefit Cherokee Rose Festival philanthropies.  Runners from Gilmer High School’s Interact Club will end their Color Run on the Square around 8:30. Over 40 craft & food vendors have registered to date and local business on the square will have sidewalk sales. The Upshur County Museum will have Indian artifacts and Cherokee Rose Festival memorabilia as well.

Traditional contests like the Turtle Race, Bubble Gum Blowing, Jump Rope and Hula Hoop, Homemade Ice Cream, Baby Crawling, and Cherokee Rose Prince & Princess are offered with contests registrations and updates available on The Cherokee Rose Festival’s Facebook & LiveGilmer webpages. New this year is a dog show “Paw for a Cause” where contestants compete for “Best Costume,” “Most Personality,” and “Cutest Canine.” Sponsored by Silver Paws of Longview, who strive to promote the health and wellness-being of humans through partnership with therapy animals. There are too many activities to list, but a few include plant sales by Calie’s Acre, Gilmer Jr. High Cheerleader Bake Sale, face painting, ProComp demonstrations, and the Girl Scouts will sell their famous cookies.  From 9am to 9 pm local entertainment is scheduled on the Nolan Properties bandstand.

There will be food and merchandise vendors.

Sponsor the Cherokee Rose Festival, download the Sponsor Form here.

Become a vendor at the Cherokee Rose Festival, download the Vendor Application here.

Get your City of Gilmer Peddler’s Form here, and apply at City Hall.

First National Bank of East Texas Axe Throwing Tournament

First National Bank of East Texas is sponsoring an Axe Throwing Tournament on Saturday April 10th during the Risk it for the Brisket BBQ Cook-off!

Practice throwing an axe from 2 -5pm, open to the public. The tournament begins at 5:30pm, get a team of 3 people together and get signed up for the tournament. The winning team will win a $300 grand prize and medals for first, second and third place teams. Registration fee for a team is $100. Register here.

Risk it for the Brisket Schedule of Events

Download the schedule of events here.

Friday April 9th 2021

8:00 am – 5:00 pmSetup
5:30 pmCHIEF COOKS MEETING
AT GILMER BREWING COMPANY, 101 W TYLER STREET
6:00 pmTRAY PICK UP
AT GILMER BREWING COMPANY, 101 W TYLER STREET
7:30 pmJACKPOT JUDGING
AT JUDGING AREA, PAINT THE SQUARE, 102 BUFFALO STREET

Saturday April 10th 2021

10:00AMBOUNCE HOUSE SPONSORED BY GILMER ROTARY
LOCATED ON COURTHOUSE LAWN
10:00AMSPRING VENDOR’S MARKET
LOCATED ON COURTHOUSE LAWN
12:00PMCHICKEN TURN IN
JUDGING AREA, 102 BUFFALO STREET, PAINT THE SQUARE
1:00PMBORDERLINE ON STAGE
1:00PMPORK RIBS TURN IN
JUDGING AREA, 102 BUFFALO STREET, PAINT THE SQUARE
3:00PMBAND ON STAGE
3:00PMBRISKET TURN IN
JUDGING AREA, 102 BUFFALO STREET, PAINT THE SQUARE
5:00PMAWARDS AT BANDSTAND
6:00PMCHASE DAWSON ON STAGE
8:00PMDARRIN MORRIS BAND ON STAGE

Risk it for the Brisket Gilmer, TX April 9th and 10th

Mark your calendars and join us as teams compete for a prize purse of $10,000. Live Gilmer’s first annual International Bar-B-Que Cookers Association (IBCA) sanctioned BBQ cook-off, Risk It for The Brisket!

Categories will be Beef brisket, pork spareribs, and chicken. All meats will be prepared onsite. There will be live bands and vendors during this event as well. All COVID guidelines will be followed, and face mask are strongly encouraged. Follow us on Facebook at LiveGilmer.com or at our website LiveGilmer.com for the most up to date information.

Registration for the event can be done here.

IBCA rules for sanctioned BBQ events can be found here.

YuleFest Gilmer, TX – Dec 5th 2020

Brought to you by the Law Offices of Goudarzi and Young, LLP.

Mark your calendars for December 5th, 2020 to kick off the holidays. Come enjoy fun events all day for the kids. Breakfast with Santa will start the day, and continue on with all the great events listed below. Go to the YuleFest website for more information.

8:00 amBreakfast With Santa
9:00 amCandy Cane Lane Opens
Coloring Book Page Winner Announced
10:00 amCornhole Tournament Begins
1:00 pmHappy The Clown is here
1:00 pmDancers on The Square
2:45 pmBicycle Drawing
3:00 pmMagician
4:00 pmChalk Art Winners Announced