Rabbit Fest opened for residents at City Park Thursday and goes into the weekend with a slew of community events and attractions.

“It has evolved over the years. Originally, it was a rabbit show,” said Betty Price, Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau president, about the four-day festival.

Besides more than 110 arts and crafts and food vendors, the festival also features a carnival, local music performances, the Texas Music Jam, a parade, car show, softball tournament and children’s entertainment.

“(This year) we incorporated the Texas Music Jam, because they approached us, and we added them and will assess them,” Price said.

Texas Music Jam is a festival that features Texas bands from across the state. It traditionally was held in June, but when the festival’s venue closed, the organization hosting the music festival started looking at alternatives.

Rabbit Fest seemed logical, said Jack Welch, with Communities Helping Americans Mature Progress and Succeed, which organizes the festival. With headliners like Micky and the Motor Cars and Pat Waters, the music jam is providing Rabbit Fest with lots of music on Saturday. With the crowds at Rabbit Fest, the Texas Music Jam should get more attendance.

Rabbit Fest has been around for 33 years.

“This is a family event,” Price said, noting more children’s activities were added this year.

Something that both parents and children will enjoy is the Zoomagination show on Saturday, Price said. The show features several foreign and local exotic animals.

“We are trying to incorporate kids shows,” she said. “We are so grateful for sponsorships that our local businesses provide for us because that allows us to do additional entertainment.”

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

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