San Augustine celebrates the city’s history at the annual festival

SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas (KTRE) – People gathered in a town in East Texas on Saturday to celebrate their town’s history. Heritage Day in San Augustine has become a tradition for the community.

Hundreds of people gathered on the sidewalks of downtown San Augustine to celebrate its annual Heritage Day. They were able to eat, play and learn history from vendors all over East Texas.

Inside the courthouse, a small art exhibit featuring Texas artwork painted by San Augustine residents.

According to Main Street manager Tracy Cox, Heritage Day is about highlighting the city’s history. “

We have a lot of firsts in San Augustine, so that’s what we like to do to celebrate, history,” Cox said.

Although it will take several months to plan the two-day event with the help of the rest of the board members and Main Street volunteers, Cox said it was their sixth year and it was the biggest turnout they’ve seen.

Board member Jonathan Eckels managed the car show, which included custom cars.

“It’s amazing because it’s people’s livelihood, where they’ve spent their whole lives building their car and it shows,” he said.

Eckles said Heritage Day is a great way to entertain the community and visitors.

Cox says city council members were thrilled to see their strong turnout and can’t wait to start planning for next year.

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