The 39th annual Texas State Festival of Ethnic Cultures and Arts and Crafts Show will be held Friday and Saturday. Activities of the festival will be headquarted on the Runnels County Courthouse Lawn.
On Friday, the arts and crafts vendors will open for business from 1:00 to 7:00 PM. The talent show will be held at 5:30 PM on the main stage. The outdoor movie will begin around 8:30 on the courthouse lawn. "Frozen" will be shown in its entirety with a concession stand of movie favorites being sold by Ballinger Junior High students raising money for their trip to Washington, DC and New York this summer.
On Saturday, the annual parade will be held beginning at 10:00 AM in downtown Ballinger. Arts. crafts, and food vendor booths open at 10:00 AM on the Runnels County Courthouse Lawn. The popular three on three basketball tournament will begin at 11:00 AM. Bingo will begin at 2:00 PM. The bubble gum blowing contest will be held at 4:00 PM with a one dollar entry fee. The 42 domino tournament also begins at 4:00 PM. Entry fee is ten dollars per two person team. A washer pitching tournament will be held at 5:00 PM with an entry fee of ten dollars per team. Saturday's activities conclude with a street dance along Strong Avenue featuring Gus Constancio and the Reckoning. A free beer tasting will be held under the tent on the Ballinger Feed and Seed parking lot during the street dance.
A full list of entertainment is scheduled under the big tent on the Runnels County Courthouse Lawn. The food booths, operated by local area non-profit organizations will be ready to serve their items throughout the day.
The Ballinger Gun and Knife Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Ballinger Community Center. Saturday show hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM with Sunday show hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission to the Gun and Knife Show is $5.00 for adults. Tables are still available for dealers and traders with guns, knives, and related items. Tables may be purchased by contacting the Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce at 365-2333.