Sanderson, Texas

Upcoming Events in Sanderson Texas


31 - 2 Terrell County Fair - The Terrell County Fair includes a lifestock show, dance, cook-off, and washer tournament.

Ph: 915-345-2189 (Always call and confirm events)


30 - 2 Big Bend Open Road Race - Held each April, the Fort Stockton to Sanderson Open Road Race on US Highway 285 is the only open road race in Texas.

Trials and registration start mid week in Sanderson. Drivers race against times and speeds that they bid as opposed to racing against each other. Some reach speeds over 200mph. Cars range from manufacturer models to custom speedsters.

Race volunteers monitor every entrance to Highway 285 to insure that the road is not accessed by anyone not entered in the race.

Ph: 432-336-8525 (Always call and confirm events)


3 - 4 Old Time July 4th Celebration - Terrell County celebrates a traditional country 4th of July. Events are scheduled throughout the week. Family and school reunions held over the July 4th Holiday make it one of the best times to "come home."

The Holiday opens with the Parade which moves out at 11:00 am. Line-up starts on School Street about 10:30 am and Highway 90 is closed for about 30 minutes for the mile-long parade route. Floats, riders, cyclists, and costumed kids march down Main Street. The Cheerleader's float tosses candy into the crowd, most of which gather Midtown around the intersection of Persimmon and Main. Other popular parade entries are old cars and trucks that will compete later in the Car Show for a variety of prizes including oldest, best restoration, etc.

Immediately following the parade, the annual BarBQ begins at noon at the American Legion Hall on Legion Road. Following the BarBQ, the Old Timer's Reunion will be hosted by the Historical Commission starting at 2:30 on the Courthouse lawn. The old pecan trees provide welcome shade for visiting elders. Groupings of family and friends gather around booths, picnic tables, quilts, and folding chairs.

The Terrell County Car Club will host their annual Car Show beginning at 10:00 am. Entries will be available for viewing throughout the day in the parking lots of the Courthouse. Events on the Courthouse lawn continue with arts, crafts, and booths. Class and family reunions will be held throughout the day. Roping at Downie Arena and children's events on the Courthouse lawn will be scheduled.

At 2:00 pm, the Historical Commission will lead a "Tour of the Town" starting at the Courthouse front steps. The annual Culture Club Ice Cream Contest at begins at 4:00 pm. Local ice-cream lovers vie to be judges and much re-tasting is necessary before the winners can be determined. More often than not, home-made vanilla or peaches and cream win over exotic recipes.

Activities wane in the late afternoon as homage is paid to the Mexican siesta time, but pick up after the sun goes down. A short nap, a cool shower, or a dip in the pool will ready most folks for the FREE Street Dance sponsored by Terrell County Commissioners Court. The dance on Hackberry Street between the Courthouse and High School features live music from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. Things get lively about midnight as music wafts fainter and fainter in all directions from the Courthouse block.

Each year brings different events. Sometimes there is a rodeo; a roping contest, or a baseball tournament.

Ph: 915-345-2994 (Always call and confirm events)

1 - 2 St. James Summer Festival - Friday, 6pm Mass
7pm-10pm Jamaica, Booths, Games and DJ at St.James Hall
Saturday, 10am-1pm Mariachi Band, Booths, Cakewalk, Games
Saturday, 9pm-1am Dance, St.James Hall,
Saturday, 10pm, Coronation of Little Queen

Ph: 915-345-2489 (Always call and confirm events)


1 Prickly Pear Pachanga - An Annual Event -- this is the 18th year. Celebrating Terrell County's designation as the Cactus Capital of Texas.

The event is the Prickly Pear Gala, a steak dinner and appitizersl held in the Community Building. There will be a silent auction. Proceeds go to helping to bring the arts to Terrell County.

Limited number of tickets. Not selling tickets at door. Need to purchase before "event night".

Address: Courthouse Square , Sanderson, Texas
Ph: 432-345-2977 // 2850 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Tickets for the Dinner Gala are $20.


30 Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoots - Members and guests show up the Sunday before Thanksgiving for an annual TURKEY SHOOT at the County Rifle Range. Sponsored by the Rio Grande Rifle & Pistol Club, the event awards turkeys to the best shooters in each category.

Ph: 915-345-2315 (Always call and confirm events)

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Sanderson Depot

The original heart of Sanderson, the Sanderson Depot is located on historic Downie Street. The Great American Station Foundation recently designated the Sanderson Depot as one of the ten most endangered stations in America. Terrell County received a Transportation Enhancement Grant in 2001

Sanderson, TX Railroad History

Terrell County Memorial Museum

The Terrell County Memorial Museum features turn-of-the-century ranch memorabilia which includes tools, implements, clothing and household goods.

Sanderson, TX Museums

Railroad Bunkhouse

Constructed prior to 1900, the bunkhouse is one of the oldest buildings in Sanderson. Assessed in 2001

Sanderson, TX Railroad History

Terrell County Visitor Center

Established in 1995, the Visitor Center serves thousands of travelers seeking information about Sanderson, Terrell County and the Big Bend National Park and Wilderness Area.

Sanderson, TX Visitors Centers

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