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Deerfest 2004 - Fun for Everyone!

This years' Deerfest was the biggest, most exciting festival yet. In the short number of years that Sabine County Chamber of Commerce and area businesses has been creating this wonderful festival, the fun and excitement, food, vendors and crowd present keeps growing every year.

With deer hunting and other outdoor sports being a solid and time tested tradition in this area, Deerfest is an expression of that time-honored, value oriented custom. "It was a huge success" began Faye Broadway, President of the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce. "There were more vendors of every kind, making it fun for all ages."

There were over 50 vendors present, which marks over a 10% growth from last year alone. There were several there that are looked forward to each year as well as a few new ones, including the mechanical bull, the rock climbing wall and the children's play area. From knives to furniture, candles to 4 wheelers and everything in between, it was there for everyone to see and buy.

Five special awards were given to some large donators to the event, including Temple Inland, A Real Estate Connection, Pepsi, 1st Bank & Trust East Texas and Princess Gardens. They were given plaques to thank them for being "Outstanding East Texas Deerfest Supporters". Big or small, it takes all the sponsors coming together to make this festival grow each year, becoming more and more successful. The Deerfest Committee would like to thank each and every one, the entire list can be found at

Roger & Belinda Gay of Fat Fred's in Hemphill, TX accepted the responsibility of overall coordinators this year. They made a few changes, added some enhancements and did a great job making it more fun for the people who visited to enjoy.

This operation runs solely on the efforts of volunteers. Thank you to each and every one who gave of their time and effort and made the event run smoothly.

This year, six different outside food vendors came to help feed the hungry crowd. They served an array of delicious food and snacks for all to savor.

Lots of live entertainment was provided for all to see and hear. Among the entertainers were Bradley Byley, the New Hope Dancing Angels, Amanda Leikney Esterling, Alina Tatum, Sara Beth Phetteplace, Miss Betty-the Last of the Red Hot Mama's, and Katie Floyd who's a Lil' bit Country and a Lil' bit Rock & Roll.

There were several contests of art and skill that the public could enter. The poster contest was entered by three different schools. There was also a BB gun contest, rifle and skeet shoot. All winners for each competition will be shown on the Deerfest website.

Three different radio stations were on site relaying by live remote to the Texas and Louisiana area. They include KTHP, KTEZ and KWLV. They let their listeners know the 'goings on' at the site.

If you would like more information on Deerfest, please contact Faye Broadway at the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce at (409) 787-2732 or visit their website at

4 Wheelers

BB Gun Contest


Rock Climbing

Rifle Contest

Alna Tatum

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