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Fall Family Fun in North West Texas Small Towns

When we moved from the Dallas suburbs to a rural community in Northwest Texas I knew there would be cultural shock.  I totally took for granted the access to lots of things to do.  I miss that and so have spent some time researching and scouting out fun things to do during the beautiful fall season.  After all, fall is my favorite time of the year to do stuff with the family.  The nice thing about rural communities is that it’s like a little family reunion at every event.  People greet each other with bear hugs and smiles that tell you they really ARE happy to see you.  I like that.  Here are 10 fall weekend activities in the area of Texas where the Panhandle meets the Red River in the rural towns of Vernon, Quanah, Childress, Crowell and Floydada.
pumpkins stacked in antique cart

1st weekend in September – Quanah Dove Fest:  Hunters gather on the square around 6:00 PM bringing dove to be cooked and shared with the public or you can purchase a brisket meal for a low price of $5.00.  This year there is fish provided from a weekend kid fishing event at the Copper Breaks State Park.  Music by talented area groups is free too.

2nd weekend in September – Quanah Fall Festival:  Educational displays, authors ‑ booking signing, art displays, museum tours, children games, guessing contest, branding board (the only times you can display your brand), food. Quanah High School reunion is held in conjunction with the Fall Festival.

3rd weekend in September – Copper Breaks Dutch Oven Cooking Demo:  Register to participate or mingle and taste while Larry Hannon leads instruction about equipment needed, building coals to cook on, recipes, how to bake in a Dutch oven, and some growing up stories about living and working on a ranch.Dutch ovens shown using wood coals and prepared food

4th weekend- Copper Breaks State Park Texas Parks and Wildlife:  Star Walk at dark.  Bring your lawn chairs, view the skies through powerful telescopes, and hear speakers talk about what’s up there. 
*Super Moon- September 26
*Fall Constellation,the season conclusion,- October 17, 2015
Park events are free with regular admission- $2.00
For further information please contact 940-839-4331

BUT, if you're near the city of Dallas you must make time for The 129th State Fair of Texas 
September 25 through October 18 in Dallas' Fair Park.


Texas Country Air Rally
Rally dates are: October 22-25, 2015 around the Quanah, TX courthouse square. Over 100 Airstreams displayed, food, music, etc.  For registration information contact: david@highsiesta.com or see the WBCCI website Region 9 Rally Information. For additional Rally information you may call 940-839-8567. Texas Country Air is sponsored by the Texas Plains Unit of WBCCI and The Three Rivers Foundation

16 and17th- Vernon Texas Best Shindig:  BBQ cook off, fun and serious competition for bragging rights on the best Chicken, Ribs, Brisket and Beans in Texas, an Antique Tractor Show, followed by a Saturday night concert.
                       Quanah October 31 Activity poster
Crowell TX wild hog cook off event poster November 13-14

Please share events in comments, I might want to make a road trip!


  1. It looks like there are so many fun activities in Northwest Texas. I have driven through most of these towns when heading from Dallas to the Amarillo area. If I make a trip this Fall, I'll know where to stop for a nice break and some fun!

    Cameron Proffitt

  2. I love that pumpkin day is a full day filled with activities!

  3. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I can't wait to head to Mainstay Farm to buy some heirloom pumpkins.

  4. Featuring at Family Fun Friday http://www.happyandblessedhome.com/fabulous-fall-fun-at-family-fun-friday/ - thanks for sharing! Monica

  5. I love fall with all the beautiful colors, fairs, food and activities for the family. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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