The Texas Hill Country Braces for this FREE “OatRageous” 40th Annual Event
The quaint Texas Hill Country town of Bertram is preparing itself for this year’s annual Labor Day event, their 40th Annual Oatmeal Festival. Our festival begins Friday evening at 5:03 pm in the nearby town of Oatmeal TX with a Beauty Pageant, vendors, and music.
Festival activities continue all day September 2nd in Bertram TX. There will be many free family events to enjoy on Saturday starting at 8:03 am; ending with a “sundown dance” presenting a live band under the stars at 8:03 pm. COME JOIN US … ENJOY!! Some of this year’s activities will include a guided trail-ride from Oatmeal to Bertram, a 3.3-mile fun run, Oatmeal themed baking competition, pet parade, an Oatmeal Grand Parade, live music during the day, many children’s games and water activities, and street dancing to top off the evening. Click here for a more expanded schedule of events, and craft or food vendor registration forms.
Runners from across the great state of Texas are expected to take part in the legendary 3.3 mile Run for Your Oats in downtown Bertram Saturday morning. Runners will receive complimentary t-shirts commemorating our 40th anniversary. Reserve your spot on the Start line by registering online through RunReg.
NEW this year is a BBQ Cook off for all to enjoy. Get a full BBQ meal of beef brisket, ribs, chicken, potato salad, drink, and of course beans to eat at the festival for $10. Be sure to purchase a delicious BBQ take home meal or two to enjoy later when you leave. There will be 11 cooking stations preparing meat for your scrumptious meal. There are also countless other food vendors to choose from, offering icy cold drinks and sweet desserts for your enjoyment!
The 40th Annual Oatmeal Festival will be hosting a street dance, featuring local artists, Jarrod Birmingham and Anson Carter. Come out and support these great artists and have a good time with friends, family and neighbors during this annual celebration. $10.00 cover charge at the door. Some fun activities and food vendors from during the day activities will also be there.
We are also having a coed Softball Tournament in Bertram on Sat August 19th. Click here for more information.
Several of Bertram’s downtown streets will be closed to accommodate runners, skits, parades, music, vendors, games, and other fun and unusual activities. These make up the 40th annual Oatmeal Festival. All of this, in addition to the growing number of out of town guests that this event attracts, is expected to fill downtown Bertram. Local area residents support this event, because this two-day party has a truly noble purpose: Festival funds raised go to support scholarship opportunities for high school students, and to support other activities that help strengthen local community. The amount raised has increased since the inception of this annual program. Thank you to all participants, vendors and sponsors for your support!
Many local businesses actively support the mission of this festival through sponsorship and participation. They consider it a great opportunity to reinvest in their community. Additionally, the air-conditioned Historic Globe Theater has a full day of events planned. Organizers insist that this annual festival would not be possible without full community involvement, vendors, sponsors and committed volunteers, who welcome such support. There are some old-time favorites, new activities, water events, car show, and surprises. Take a look at our Oatmeal Bowls. Available at festival, take home a set!
This long-lasting local tradition could not have carried on successfully for 40 years without continued efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers that put it all together. They make up a small not-for-profit that works hard year ’round, just to make this weekend festival the best that it can possibly be. To that end, we are always looking for help. Whether it’s to volunteer, just participate in events, become a vendor, or sponsor, or to donate. Just contact us on web.
Contact the Oatmeal Festival Bowl of Directors to learn how to be a part of each event.