Starting today, Brylie Dillard will dive into a multitude of conversations, handshakes and stage appearances as required when crowned the 2019 Texas Gatorfest Senior Queen. 

The 17-year-old Anahuac senior will make numerous appearances this weekend at the 29th annual Texas Gatorfest, introducing the pageant court as well as performers on stage. She will also be responsible for presenting awards during the Jeep show, car show and barbecue cook-off. 

“Once the festival is completed, Brylie will go on to attend numerous parades and community events during her reign in the upcoming year,” Danita Blasdel, Gatorfest pageant organizer, said. 

Texas Gatorfest kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Fort Anahuac Park. There will be food and drink booths along with carnival rides, attractions, merchant vendors and airboat rides. 

Airboat rides are from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Saturday and cost $14 per person. There is also a Wild West Show from 7:30 to 9:30 tonight. 

The festival continues Saturday with a 5K Gator Run/Walk. The sign in for the run/walk is at 7 a.m. Saturday at the boat ramp parking lot. The actual event begins at 8 a.m. 

Registration for the car show coincides with the jeep show registration at 8 a.m. Saturday. 

Gates will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Great Texas Alligator Roundup between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Another gator roundup is also scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. 

The sign-in for the Rumble on the Swamp is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the Legion Hall at Fort Anahuac Park. The event starts at 11 a.m. 

The Wild West Show continues at noon, 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Saturday. The gates close at midnight Saturday. 

Sunday, the gates open at noon and stay open until 6 p.m. Most of the events will be happening on Sunday. 

Musical entertainment will be presented all three days of the event. Nicolas Jamerson will begin performing at 6:30 p.m. tonight. He is followed by Shiny Ribs at 8:30 p.m. and Kyle Park at 10:30 p.m. 

The Trent Cowie Band begins playing at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Jason Cassidy follows the band at 6:30 p.m. and the Flatland Cavalry performs at 8:30 p.m. Category 6 ends the evening’s musical entertainment when they take the stage at 10:30 p.m. 

Jon David Finney will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Casey Royer, Eddie Lotz and Todd Swonke will close the day out at 3:30 p.m.  

Today and Sunday, adult tickets are $10 while on Saturday adult tickets are $15. Children ages 5 through 12 are $5, while children under 5 get in free. Tickets for seniors over the age of 65 and those with an active military identification are $5. 

Tickets can be purchased at booths located at the main entrance or by visiting www.texasgatorfest.com

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