Van Oil Queen Pageant, Van Oil Festival Set


The 35th annual Van Oil Pageant begins on September 21 with the mandatory Oil Pageant Tea at the home of Sharon Hilliard on Hwy 110 East.

The rehearsal takes place on October 2 at the Van ISD Auditorium.  The pageant takes place at the Van ISD Auditorium on October 4.

All young ladies, ages 0–19, who live in Van Zandt County are eligible. Any young lady who lives in Smith County, but is student of Van ISD is also eligible to enter. Van Oil Queen Division contestants must be students in Van ISD.

The following Saturday on October 11, the 85th Van Oil Festival fills the streets of downtown Van. The event starts with a parade beginning at 10 a.m. and the festival continues on Main Street until 2 p.m.

The parade features floats, tractors and classic cars. After the parade, there are vendors on the street, fun items like a bounce house and dunking booth, and entertainment, singing, dancing and clogging through the day.

Pageant contestants and vendors can register online at by clicking the Van Chamber of Commerce drop-down box on the website and clicking “Registration for Chamber Events.” Visit the Van Oil Festival Facebook page at for event updates and more information.

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