Aug. 6-7 COURTESY CITY OF HUTTO KOKEFEST
Oct. 15-17 COURTESY CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE Deutschen Pfest
Hosted by KOKE-FM, this large festival features artists from Texas and across the country at Hutto Park at Brushy Creek, 1001 CR 137, Hutto.
The festival features games, activities, shopping booths, a parade, live music and carnival rides at 515 City Park Road, Pugerville.
As far as masks and social distanc- ing, Felts said it is up to the MLB whether those practices will con- tinue. For now, he said it will most likely continue for most of the season. Juneteenth Last year, the group Black Families of Hutto organized the rst June- teenth event in Hutto with collabo- rations from Chief of Police Paul Hall and former Mayor Doug Gaul. This year, Onnesha Williams, a Hutto resident and co-founder of Black Families of Hutto, said orga- nizers want to make it bigger. June- teenth is the day that celebrates when the last enslaved people were notied of their freedom on June 19, 1865, over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, according to the National Museum of African American History and Cul- ture website. Williams said launching the event in 2020 was responsive to the times. Following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and the national and international response, she said the group wanted to highlight the issues the Black community in Hutto face everyday. This year’s celebration will begin with a march from Hutto Middle School to City Hall from 10-11 a.m. June 19 followed by a ceremony at City Hall from 11 a.m.-noon, Williams said. A vendor fair will take place from noon-6 p.m. in front of City Hall and along Co-Op Boulevard, which will include around 30 retail and food vendors. Hutto's Juneteenth event will be open to the public and is inclu- sive, Williams said. “A lot of times people think if it is a
the decisions on how the festival will look, she said. Another annual event, the Olde Tyme Days festival, will be hosted by the Hutto Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The festi- val will have retail and food vendors serving foods such as barbecue, fair foods and snow cones, Finance and Information Specialist Sonia Herrera said. A car show and live music will also take place all day. The Hutto Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual Crawsh Fes- tival and Car Show on April 17, which has a similar format to the Olde Tyme Days festival. Herrera said during the Crawsh Festival the cham- ber enforced a 10-foot separation between booths for social distancing. One of Round Rock’s biggest annual festivals, the Chalk Walk Arts Festival, is planned for Oct. 1-2, Hampton said. The festival was rst held downtown but grew in popular- ity and is now hosted outside of Dell Diamond in the parking lot, he said. During the Chalk Walk, people can create chalk art on the pavement and sidewalks while enjoying music, food and vendors. Hampton said events such as the Chalk Walk Arts Festival and Music on Main are important to Round Rock’s economic mix. When people come into town, they are staying at hotels, buying gas and going to restaurants. “We like having these kinds of events that draw people to the com- munity,” he said.
Black-centered holiday or a Black-cen- tered something, then maybe it’s not for other cultures,” she said. “Our event is inclusive, and it’s open to all, and we welcome all types of busi- nesses as far as Black-owned and non- Black-owned businesses.” Entertainment will include cul- tural performances such as dances and step shows. Bounce houses for kids are also planned, Williams said. For COVID-19 safety measures, Williams said organizers will be ask- ing that social distancing guidelines be followed, and face masks will be required for attendees. The group has received approval for those participating in the march to park at Hutto Middle School from Hutto ISD Superintendent Celina Estrada Thomas, Williams said. Park- ing for the fair will be available in downtown Hutto and at City Hall. Fall fests One of Pugerville’s biggest, most well-known festivals, Deutschen Pfest, is planned for Oct. 15-17, Hol- man said. Previously held annually in the spring, the festival was moved to October last year to align with the German festival Oktoberfest, she said. In the past, Deutschen Pfest has had music, a 5K run, a parade and over 100 vendors. Holman said the city is in the early planning stages of the event, so how similar this year’s festival will look compared to previ- ous years has not yet been established. Organizing Deutschen Pfest is a true partnership between city sta and Pugerville residents, Holman said. Because of the resident repre- sentation on the event committee, community input is very much part of
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PFLUGERVILLE HUTTO EDITION • MAY 2021
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