Rabbit Fest and Texas Music Jam will take place during the same weekend, hoping to draw larger crowds to Copperas Cove.

“One of the benefits to Rabbit Fest is the music,” said Jack Welch, who organizes the Texas Music Jam. “It is saving (the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce) from having to go out and pay for music, and it’s benefiting both by increasing the crowd.”

Rabbit Fest is a four-day arts and craft fair that features a number of family activities and annually brings more than 20,000 people to City Park.

“We are wanting for our local residents to come out, have some fun and give the family something to do,” said Liz Sherman, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau’s vice president. “We also want them to come out and see our local organizations that will be part of Rabbit Fest.”

Among the features this year are more than 80 arts and craft booths, 20 food vendors, a carnival, live entertainment, a car show and the traditional downtown parade.

Vendors include Rabbit Fest veterans and newcomers, bringing a wide variety of good eats and unique crafts, Sherman said. Some of the standout vendors include a giant ice cream cone stand, Wild Bill’s Old-Time Sodas and Moseley Woodworking, a local crafter who will be selling jewelry boxes and military coin displays.

There will be something for everyone, Sherman said. The carnival will provide family rides and excitement, while a car show and performers offer different forms of entertainment.

Many of the entertainers are from local groups, including a Zumba class and the Williams/Ledger Elementary pre-kindergarten Dance Team.

Sherman said one show families shouldn’t miss is Zooimagination. The exotic animal show educates people about local and foreign animals, as well as conservation efforts.

“They were such a huge success at Ecoharvest with the kids, and that is why we decided to ask them to come out give the children who didn’t see them at Ecoharvest a chance to see them at Rabbit Fest,” Sherman said.

Starting at 10 a.m. May 18, the Texas Music Jam will add another dimension of entertainment to the festival, Welch said.

The free music show that has featured Texas musicians for the last three years will be in the Civic Center this year after losing its previous venue: Five Hills Bar-B-Q.

Communities Helping Americans Progress and Succeed, the organizer of the Texas Music Jam, was researching a new location and time to hold the festival and the partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Rabbit Festival made sense, Welch said.

This year Texas Music Jam will feature a student singing competition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. before professional bands take the stage.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474

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