The 25th annual TCR Festival is set for October 23, 2021 in Waxahachie, Texas.
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After last year’s hiatus, the Texas Country Reporter Festival is back on for 2021, marking its 25th year of bringing together local talent, handcrafted goods and plenty to eat and drink at the historic Downtown Waxahachie square.
Organizers are expecting the 2021 TCR Festival to be the biggest ever, with food trucks, a craft fair and family activities in addition to 50 planned surprises to mark the 50 years that Texas Country Reporter host Bob Phillips has travelled the back roads and main thoroughfares of Texas to bring fans of the TV show details on travel destinations, uplifting stories, and profiles of down-home Texans.
“And this festival is your chance to shop and talk with hundreds of those people – all in one place, on one day,” says Phillips. “So please join me, Kelli, and our entire TCR TV crew for a day of arts and crafts, food, live music, family activities, and season 50 surprises.”
Special music guest on the main stage this year is Little Texas, a CMA award-winning Young Country band that’s been playing to loyal fans since the early ’90s. Throughout the day at Railyard Park, Go Texan presents on the Grown Local stage a variety of live music from Ellis County area bands in a lineup chosen over the summer by TCR Festival fans.
The day’s activities will begin around 10:00 a.m. and continue until the evening.
The festival first came to Waxahachie in the mid-1990s and has returned every year except for 2020 when organizers cancelled the event out of health concerns. Festival organizers bill the event as the biggest one-day festival in Texas.
Texas Country Reporter began as 4 Country Reporter and debuted in 1972 on Dallas television station KDFW. Phillips chronicles his 50 years of hosting the show in his memoir, A Good Long Drive.