With all the stuff that is going on in East Texas, aka coronavirus, the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 36th Annual Texas State Forest Festival. It could have just been cancelled, but this way the Chamber gets to show off Deep East Texas/Texas Forest Country and we get to enjoy all of the great things surrounding the festival. I like that it's a little closer to the holidays, when it's cooler.

The 36th Annual Texas State Forest Festival's new date is November 20th - 22nd. They have also set the Fall Forest Festival Parade on Tuesday November 17th. There will be changes for sure when we go, not just the date.

The responsibility is really on us to make sure that this semi-perminate date stays intact. There are a lot of things we can do. Remain socially distant, wear your mask, wash your hands. If cases are still rampant in our area, that could mean a cancellation.

As you can tell by the dates, the festival has been shortened to a three day event, instead of a four day festival. There will be two new events -  The Pineywoods Classic Car Show, and the Big Axe BBQ Contest.

One of the favorites of the TSFF, the 49th Annual Southern Hushpuppy Championship will be back. There will also still be a carnival, and food court. More vendors than ever are interested in the event, since the end of the festival is only a month or so from Christmas.

For more details follow the Forest Festival on Facebook @forestfestival and online at texasstateforestfestival.com.