Gilmer, TX

The 86th East Texas Yamboree is scheduled to take place thru October 21, 2023, in Gilmer, Texas

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Written by Courtney Sheeley and Clarence Edmond (M1Y) Shackelford.

This is the Sheeley Girls, 3rd year doing the livestock show but the Yamboree itself has be going on since the 1930's.

The Yamboree is named after the sweet potato which was a major cash crop for this area back then.

The festival runs from Wednesday to Thursday with a school parade on Friday morning and the queens parade on Saturday morning.

This event primarily includes Upshur County schools but everyone is welcome.

The event is a four-day county fair that features a variety of activities such as barn dance concerts, livestock and ag mechanics show, photography activities, gospel stage with the area’s best in gospel music, carnival and midway excitement on the county square, parades on Friday and Saturday for the whole family to enjoy.

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WELCOME TO THE EAST TEXAS YAMBOREE OCTOBER 18th - 21st, 2023Photo byClarence Edmond Shackelford AKA M1Y, (C) 2023
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WELCOME TO THE EAST TEXAS YAMBOREE OCTOBER 18th - 21st, 2023Photo bySheeley Family Photography 2023
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The Sheeley Girls The one on the left got Grand Champion, the one in the middle-got 14th place, and the one on the right got 11th.Photo bySheeley Family Photography 2023

2023 Yamboree Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

7:30 a.m. Tater Trot (GHS)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17

Noon-6 pm Quilt Show entries accepted (RWC)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18

7:00 a.m. Broiler Show (YP)

10 am-5 pm Quilt Show

10:30 a.m. Museum – display of Queen’s Gowns (CS)

11:00 a.m. Rabbit Show (YP)

1-4 pm Inside Exhibit entries accepted (YP)

6:00 p.m. Carnival/Youth Night (CS)

All rides ½ priced til midnight

7:30 p.m. Queen’s Coronation (CC)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

8:30 a.m. Market Swine Show (YP)

10:00 a.m. Bandstand opens (CS)

10 am– 6 pm Inside Exhibits opens (YP)

10 am-6 pm Quilt Show (RWC)

10:30 a.m. Museum – display of Queen’s Gowns

11:45 a.m. All Service Club Luncheon (YEC)

12 Noon Carnival opens (CS)

12-6 p.m. Outside Exhibits opens (YP)

7:30 p.m. Queen’s Coronation (CC)

8:30 p.m. Street Dance at Bandstand (CS)

Midnight Carnival closes

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

Yam Pie Contest @ Yamboree Exhibit Building

9 am6 pm Outside Exhibits YP)

9:00 a.m. Bandstand opens (CS)

10 am 6 pm Inside Exhibits opens (YP)

10 am- 6 pm Quilt Show (RWC)

10:30 a.m. Museum – display of Queen’s Gowns (CS)

11:00 a.m. School/Youth Parade (CS)

12 Noon Carnival opens (CS)

Area bands perform on Bandstand (CS)

1:30 p.m. Steer Show (YP)

3:00 p.m. Commercial Dairy Show (YP)

Jr. Dairy Show (YP)

4- 9 pm Gospel Stage (CC)

8:30 p.m. Street Dance at Bandstand (CS)

Midnight Carnival closes

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

8 am10 am Antique/Classic Car Show (E. Cass St.)

9-5 pm Outside Exhibits (YP)

Bandstand opens (CS)

10- 6 pm Inside Exhibits opens (YP)

10- 4 pm Quilt Show opens (RWC)

Pre-registration for Fiddler’s Contest (CS)

10:30 a.m. Museum- display of Queen’s Gowns (CS)

11:00 a.m. Queen’s Parade (CS)

11- 2 pm Yamboree Barbecue (YP)

11- 9 pm Gospel Stage (CC)

Carnival opens (CS)

1:00 p.m. Fiddler’s Contest starts (CS)

2:00 p.m. Livestock Sale (YP)

7:30 p.m. Barn Dance (YEC)

8:30 p.m. Street Dance at Bandstand (CS)

Midnight Carnival closes

EVENT LOCATION KEY

YP…………………Yamboree Park, Hwy 271 N (North of Civic Ctr)

CS…………………Courthouse Square, Downtown Gilmer

YEC………………Yamboree Event Center, 181 Bob Glaze Dr.

GHS………………Gilmer High School, 850 Buffalo St.

CC…………………Gilmer Civic Ctr, Hwy 271 (North of Wal-Mart)

RWC…………..Redemption Worship Center (Next to Walmart)

*Inside Exhibits: Home Canning, Arts, Yam Pies, Decorated Yams, Photography, Handmade Crafts,

https://yamboree.com

Sources: https:https://yamboree.com, empowermentcdc.org, TourTylerTexas@gmail.com Prepared by M1Y - Clarence Edmond Shackelford - TourTylerTexas@gmail.com

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