Experience Center’s hospitality at its upbeat, exciting local events. The annual What-A-Melon Festival is held during the month of July. Enjoy a taste of ripe, juicy local watermelon, watch a pageant, or ride with the kids on fun carnival rides. Watch several of the watermelon-themed contests, such as the Seed Spittin’ Contest, Watermelon Carving Contest, Largest Bite Contest, and Largest Watermelon Contest. Stroll along the picturesque town square, see a movie at the historic Rio Theater, or step into the past when you enter the stunning Shelby County Historic Courthouse. Visit the Shelby County Historical Society Museum & Library to learn interesting facts about the history of Center and surrounding towns, such as the tragic 1900 Center Fire that destroyed many buildings on the south side of the Square. Lake Pinkston is a popular fishing destination for tourists and locals alike. Boating can be treacherous, so bank fishing is the preferred method by which one can catch catfish, sunfish, and crappie.

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Center Events

October 5, 2017

East Texas Poultry Festival

The 41st annual salute to the poultry industry offers arts and crafts, a three-day carnival, live entertainment, food vendors, photography show,...

November 3, 2017

Taste of the Holidays

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors host this eclectic culinary sampling and dining experience featuring Chamber member restaurants,...

November 3, 2017

Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas hosts a shopping extravaganza with more than 40 vendor booths...

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