NOTE: The Visitor Center has been temporarily relocated due to flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. To purchase admission tickets, follow the signs in the parking lot to the alternate entrance.

Texian Market Days

Saturday, October 21, 2017

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

at the George Ranch Historical Park

Presenting Sponsor: 

It’s cannon time! The Fort Bend History Association is proud to present the 34th annual Texian Market Days festival, held at the George Ranch Historical Park. Bring the whole family to discover more than 150 years of Texas history! Enjoy hands-on activities, battle re-enactments, live entertainment, first-person costumed interpreters, historic home tours, games, cowboys, vintage vehicles, food, craft vendors and more. Texian Market Days is our biggest living history event of the year — you don’t want to miss it!

Tickets for Saturday, October 21 will be available at the gate!

$15 for adults
$13 for seniors
$10 for children ages five to 15
FREE for children ages four and under


Schedule of Events for Saturday, October 21

Location: 1830s Jones Stock Farm

Hands-on Activities: Cotton ginning and carding, corn husk doll making, historical toys, frontier survival, printing press

Demonstrations: Ongoing log cabin tours, period broom-making, period gun display, cannon drills & firing, open-air cooking demonstrations, Texian and Soldado camp life, beeswax & candle-making, period sewing & clothes-making, scrimshaw demonstration, herbal salves & lotions, cloth dyeing early American music with the Tejas Pioneers

Timed Activities (Times subject to change): 

10 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Texas Revolution battle re-enactment

11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.: Cavalry demonstration

4 p.m.: A Pioneer Wedding

Location: 1860s Ryon Prairie Home

Hands-On Activities: One-room schoolhouse, period quilting, sugar can press, butter-making, historic laundry, Soldiers’ Aid Society, hoops, sack races

Demonstrations: Ongoing Ryon Prairie Home tours, soap-making, Civil War field hospital, historical storytelling, chuckwagon and Dutch-oven cooking with samples, Civil War Confederate and Union camp life and folk music by Celtaire String Band

Timed Activities (Times subject to change):

11 a.m. & 2 p.m.: Civil War battle re-enactments

Location: 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion

Hands-On Activities: Sharecropper laundry, Graces, Tug-of-War, historical craft tent featuring rag dolls, calling cards, marionette puppets and thaumatropes, knot rugs and baggy wrinkle with the Texas Seaport Museum/ELISSA, railcar tours with the Galveston Railroad Museum, Chinese calligraphy

Demonstrations: Sharecropper farm tours, Victorian dancing, blacksmithing demonstrations, Tanner family camp, Texas artifacts/maps, fast-action shooting & gun displays, prairie restoration tours

Timed Activities (Times subject to change): 

10:30 a.m.: Vintage baseball game
Noon, 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.: Dr. Bushrod’s Medicine Show

Location: 1930s George Home & Cattle Complex

Hands-On Activities: Plane spotting & paper airplanes, comic book history & flip books, bull-riding on a practice drum, coffee-can stilts, Hopscotch

Demonstrations: 1930s radio programs, square dancing, vintage crafters, antique cars, antique bicycles, Brazos Bend State Park, Fort Bend Master Gardeners

Timed Activities (Times subject to change): 

Every hour on the hour: Cattleworking demonstrations
9:30 a.m.: Goat-milking demo
10 a.m. & Noon: Fort Bend Rodeo Sweethearts
10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.: Houston Square Dancing Association


Cotton & Cane Vintage and Handmade Market

Location: Longhorn Barn

Amy’s Craft & Jewelry: Homemade jellies & jams, repurposed/hand-painted items, handcrafted kids jewelry

Sandy’s Denim Bags: All-handmade purses, bags, dresses, kitchen items, holiday items, etc

SweetNes Honey Beetique: Raw local honey, creamed honey, beeswax candles and more

JD’s Woodworks: Wood spoons, bowls, cups and leather bags, purses and pouches

Exotic Plants & Treasures: Ceramic pumpkins with plants, homemade crafts, metal art, containers and more

Simply Homemade Bakery: Pre-packaged homemade fudge, fudge-dipped Oreos, bear claws, fudge push-up pops, bark bites

Fort Bend Museum Docents: Handmade ornaments and crafts

Unique Floral Designs: Wreaths, centerpieces, garlands, swags, floral candle rings, floral arrangements, Christmas trees (table tops)

Penny Strong Jewelry: Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, scarves and headbands

Lee’s Laser Creations: Home décor products- leather, wood and fabric

Curt Locklear, Author: Civil war novel series

Fort Bend Historical Commission: Information table

Gypsy Owl: Stuffed owls, crows, light bottles, pin cushions

Rods for Soldiers: Custom fishing rods, raffle tickets

DeWalt Heritage Center: Information table

Kathy’s Country Kandles: Handmade soy wax scented candles in hand-painted mason jars

 All We Need Farm: Homemade goat popscicles and goat-milking demonstrations

Historic Sutlers

Location: 1830s Jones Stock Farm

Banjo Eddy’s Fine Powder Horns: Scrimshaw powder horns, handmade walking canes and hiking staffs

Bekka’s Planet: Herbal salves, lotions, creams, lip balms

Dry Creek Trade Company: Candle-making, period clothing & accessories, weaving, and more

Location: 1860s Ryon Prairie Home

Martin Bros. Kettle Corn: Freshly-popped kettle corn

RD Vincent, Author: Writer of American folktales with recipes

Sue’s Creations: Ladies’ attire, men’s and women’s accessories, wooden toys


Festival Food Options

Near the 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion:

Caribbean Chillers – Snow cones and snacks

Cousins Maine Lobster – Maine lobster roll, lobster quesadilla, Connecticut roll, Cousins lobster tacos, smothered and covered tots, lobster grilled cheese, Maine lobster tail & tots, lobster tots, shrimp tacos, New England clam chowder, lobster bisque, tater tots, whoopie pies, drinks (Gluten-free menu also available)

Cebos Smokehouse BBQ – Fried ribs, turkey legs, sausage on a stick, fried pork chops & French fries

Sweet Ride – Ice cream, Italian ice, Sno-cones, sorbet, ice cream nachos, ice cream sundaes, banana splits, ice cream cookie sandwiches, water, cola & Gatorade

Proline Food Truck – Corn dogs, chips, soft drinks

Near the 1930s George Home & Cattle Complex:

Mundy’s BBQ & Grill – BBQ sandwiches (beef, sausage, pulled pork & chicken), Texas-sized baked potatoes w/meat, hamburger, cheeseburger, Mundy burger, sausage on a stick, plain nachos, cheese nachos w/meat, potato chips, Cokes and bottled water

Friohana Shaved Ice – Shaved ice, water and Gatorade

Renegade Food Truck – Texan Sloppy Joe slider, chicken tostada, breakfast tacos, Black bean chili, pulled pork roll, drinks

M&M’s Southern Creole Kitchen – Po boys (sausage, chicken, pulled BBQ, pork and fish), hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, loaded fries, mini dessert pies, soda, sweet tea

Rita’s Italian Ice – Regular Italian ice, large Italian ice, regular gelati, large gelati, custard cookie sandwich, regular custard cup, large custard cup, waffle cone add-on, sprinkles add-on, bottled water

Kona Ice of Houston – Snow cones & novelty ice cream

Schulze’s – Plain/loaded chopped beef baked potatoes

Old West Soda Fountain – Soda & lemonade in refillable mugs, jumbo funnel cakes, jumbo corn dogs, and popcorn chicken basket


Friday, October 20, 2017: SCHOOL DAY

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $7/student

Ideal for grades 4-7, the Texian Market Days school day is our biggest field trip day of the year! Enjoy historical re-enactments, hands-on activities, old-fashioned games, cattle demonstrations, live entertainment, historic house tours and more! To book your school group, email education@georgeranch.org or call 281-343-0218 x220.


Food Vendors:

Click here to download the 2017 Food Vendor Forms.
Contact: Kristi Farquar, 281-343-0218 x267

Craft Vendors:

Download the 2017 Craft Vendor Forms.
Contact: Ana Alicia Estrada, 281-342-6478

Sponsors:

Download the Sponsor Packet here.
Contact: Zarinah K. Poole, 281-342-1256

Volunteers:

Click here to complete the Volunteer Registration Form.
Re-enactors contact: Hannah Moses 281-343-0218 x222
General volunteer contact: Jessica Avery, 281-342-6478

The Texian Market Days festival is a community event benefiting the:

Photos courtesy: Roy Kasmir, Deidre Black and the Fort Bend History Association.

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