77th Annual Floresville Peanut Festival Preps Underway

by Erin Rodriguez, KENS 5 San Antonio

Poteet has its celebration of all things strawberries – and over in Wilson County, it’s all about the peanuts. And the coronation gowns. And a parade. And a carnival. And the beer garden and so on.

But back to the peanuts. The event promises “delicious peanut brittle and roasted peanuts” among the tasty treats available to satisfy all peanut cravings.

The Floresville Peanut Festival is a three-day event held each year in the second full weekend of October. It officially kicks off this Thursday, October 7.

There is free parking and free admission to the grounds on the Courthouse Square in historic downtown Floresville.

Goober Games kicked off the festivities on Tuesday afternoon at the Floresville Event Center, offering games and activities for the younger crowd. A carnival also offers thrilling rides on Thursday night through Saturday night. And don’t miss the kiddie parade on Friday afternoon for the little ones to show off their miniature floats and costumes….

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Shannon Galvanizing Breaks Ground in Floresville

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

“Thank you for coming and picking our community.”

Those were the words of Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) Executive Director Ben Reed at the March 30 groundbreaking for the Shannon Galvanizing plant. A number of local officials and civic leaders echoed his message at the event.

The 50,000-square-foot plant — to be constructed at 804 F.M. 537 in the Rancho Grande Industrial Park — is expected to provide as many as 60 jobs for people in the local area.

“After the year everyone has had, it’s great to come out here for this,” Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel said. “Thank you, every organization that made this happen.”

Leading the effort to bring Shannon Galvanizing to the area was the FEDC, and Reed said he had been talking with the Shannon brothers for about a year and a half before their plans materialized….

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