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Opening Hours

Thursday & Friday - 5 PM -10 PM 

Saturday - 8 AM Fun Run
10 AM -10 PM

Sunday - 11 AM - 5 PM


General Admission - $8


Thursday 5 PM - 10 PM
Friday 5 PM - 10 PM
Saturday 12 PM - 10 PM
Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM

Unlimited Rides Wristbands

Thursday/Friday - $30

Saturday (12 PM - 4 PM) - $30

Saturday (5 PM - 10 PM) - $30

(Saturday 4 PM - 5 PM will be by tickets)

Sunday - $30


The Festival Map

Get to know your way around the festival. 


George H Henderson, Jr. Expo Center

1200 Ellen Trout Dr. | Lufkin



Texas State Forest Festival attendees can park in the main parking lot of the
George H. Henderson Expo Center, in the back parking lot (attendants will guide you), or
on the road just past the Expo Center next to the Ellen Trout Zoo.


The Angelina County Chamber of Commerce began the Texas State Forest Festival in 1938, which was held as an annual county fair event until 1953. With the existing Chamber sponsoring the Youth Fair as part of the event, the Texas State Forest Festival was held on the 30+ acres where Lufkin Middle School currently is located, and drew crowds reaching 8,000!

In 1984, the Chamber board reviewed and revised the Texas State Forest Festival as an annual event, and merged its activities with the Southern Hushpuppy Championships in May 1985. The Texas State Forest Festival moved to its September date in 1988. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 36th Annual Texas State Forest Festival was re-branded as the Fall Forest Festival on First Street held in November 2020. In 2021, the Texas State Forest Festival was back, but slightly altered still due to COVID. In 2022, the Texas State Forest Festival was back and better than ever..


The Texas State Forest Festival hosts several competitions, which includes: the East Texas Cheerleading and Pom/Dance Championships, the Pineywoods Class Car Show, the Lumber-Jacked 5K & Fun Run and the Big Axe BBQ Competition which is now IBCA sanctioned. 

Currently, the Texas State Forest Festival draws crowds approaching 14,000 and generates a net profit of $50,000 per year – a tremendous accomplishment for an event 40 years old! Annually, the Texas State Forest Festival requires over 150 volunteers working about 2,500 hours to stage the event, and continues to be one of the premier annual events in East Texas!

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